Hot Wings and a Waiver To Go: Restaurant Claims Patrons Must Sign A Waiver To Eat Its Wings

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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5 Responses

  1. Jim says:

    Making people sign a waiver to eat the really hot wing is an old bit. Quaker Steak and Lube in Pittsburgh has been doing it as least since 2005, and I know there are smaller local places that have been doing the same thing for much longer. Usually the waivers are combinations of joke and marketing.

    How did this place in Chicago manage to get so much publicity over what’ really an old stunt?

  2. Dave! says:

    They are actually using a Red Savina, which clocks in around 575,000 scovilles–twice that of a regular habanero/Scotch Bonnet. It is a dated stunt, though, and if they were *really* on their game, they’d be using a Naga Jolokia…

  3. daved1980 says:

    i am using the bhut jolokia peper and my wings are almost inedible i need a waiver so noone can try to sue me

  4. Matt says:

    I tried the Chicago hot wings mentioned in the article this weekend. Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap on Superior Ave. did not make me sign a waiver, so they must be lightening up on that a bit. If their web site is to be believed, the pepper is the Red Savina with a few drops of Bhut Jolokia thrown in to the mix. So so so hot, but so so so good.

  5. Joe Harman says:

    What does the waiver say? What is the result that restaurants are worried will happen and customers sue? Has there ever been a documented case where someone was rushed to the hospital, almost died and sued a restaurant for serving wings that were too spicy hot?