Puddle near soda fountain leads to suit against Pei Wei

David Yates Feb. 9, 2011, 10:00am

Pei Wei Asian Diner, Beaumont Fountain Plaza

On a rainy day, Pamelia East stepped and slipped in a puddle of water pooling near the soda dispenser at the Pei Wei Asian Diner in Beaumont.

On Feb. 7 she filed suit against the restaurant in Jefferson County District Court, claiming Pei Wei should have roped off the area and warned patrons of the hazard.

According to the lawsuit, East was dinning at the Pei Wei on Dowlen Road "when she slipped and fell in a large puddle of water near the soda dispenser."

"The puddle of water was large and had been on the floor for a long period of time because there were signs that other customers had walked through the puddle," the suit states.

"There was significant rainfall that day. Defendant knew that when it rained, there was a leak in the roof and rain water fell onto the floor."

In her suit, East alleges Pei Wei negligently failed to "rope off the area that was wet" and warn customers "of the dangerous condition on the floor."

East is suing the company for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Thomas Moses represents her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B189-323

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