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Mega Death Sauce leads to mega lawsuit

Some very hot sauce has a Cleveland Steak 'n Shake in hot water.

Tim and Mary Katherine Gann were at the restaurant with their son, who was eating chili -- and encouraged by a server to add some hot sauce. Blair's Mega Death Sauce, to be specific, a sauce not offered on the restaurant's menu. The kid accepted the challenge, and within minutes was having a serious reaction: He broke out in hives, complained of severe pain and was having difficulty breathing.

According to, this hot sauce is 500 times hotter than your average jalapeno and is not to be used without dilution.

The parents have filed suit against the restaurant and the anonymous server, who no longer works there.

According to the suit, the boy's "capacity and ability to perform work and to enjoy everyday pleasures and associations of life have been permanently damaged, restricted and impaired." And he's not likely to ever again listen to a server's suggestion.

The Ganns are seeking $10,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages.

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