Dad sues Pa. Chinese buffet after kids’ throats burned with lye

Inspectors found lye at the East Lampeter Township restaurant that the manager had said was used to clean drains

Lye caused burns on children's mouths after dinner at a Chinese restaurant near Lancaster.
Courtesy: WCMH

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania man has sued a Chinese buffet where he contends his two young children’s mouths and throats were burned by caustic lye in their apple juice cups.

Star Buffet & Grill manager Steve Weng tells LNP he’s turned the matter over to his insurance company and is “sorry about everything.”

Richard Zaragoza Sr. and his 10-year-old son, Richard Jr., are the plaintiffs against the East Lampeter Township eatery.

Richard Jr. and his 4-year-old half-sister were burned when they drank the juice from foam cups on March 3.

Police investigated and determined there was no intentional act involved. Inspectors found lye at the restaurant that Weng had said was used to clean drains.

The lawsuit filed Thursday seeks unspecified damages but Zaragoza’s attorney says the parties are trying to reach a settlement.


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