Applebee’s host steps on customer’s foot, $1M lawsuit follows

David Yates Mar. 31, 2015, 1:26pm


Nearly a year ago, an Applebee’s hostess, while taking a step backwards, incidentally stepped on Carolyn Rhymes’ foot, causing her to loose her balance and fall to the floor.

On March 27 Rhymes filed suit against El Chico Restaurants of Arkansas in Jefferson County District Court, seeking up to $1 million in damages.

In her suit, Rhymes, who was 65 years old at the time, says the “accident occurred on May 10, 2014, at Applebee’s on Dowlen Road in Beaumont.”

As Rhymes walked behind the host assigned to seat her, the host took a step backwards and stepped on her foot, “causing her to lose her balance and fall forcefully to the ground.”

Rhymes landed on her butt, hitting her arm and leg on the way down. As a result of the fall, Rhymes had to undergo medical treatment, the suit alleges.

Since the restaurant chain employed the host, the defendant is liable for him “failing to watch where he was walking,” the suit alleges.

Rhymes is suing for her past and future disfigurement, impairment, mental anguish and medical expenses.

Beaumont attorney Malachi Daws represents her.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A196-887

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