Diabetic Sues Sushi Place

Interesting article with a familiar eating out issue.


To me, that seems rude. If I go to the sushi place and don’t want carbs, i order a more sashimi oriented item, maybe w/ some seaweed salad or something like that? If I am going “all you can eat”, I will just set my pump to warp 10.

Yes, that was the point which switched off a bit of my sympathy for the guy. I’m not a sushi person but I understand that sashimi is just the fish part of the meal and he was offered that. That makes it seem more like he was scamming.

I haven’t gone to an all you can eat place for many many years but when I did I always picked the higher ticket items like seafood. Why fill up on potatoe salad?? I would think many people do that." Warp 10"? :::::looking in my Ping Manual for that setting::::

I agree that it’s rude and seems to just be money seeking on the part of the guy.
I love sushi, both sashimi and the rolls with rice. I know what I’m getting myself into with what I order, but if I don’t want carbs then I am going to take the Sashimi. If they guy was offered that option and turned it down then the only person at fault is himself.

The only question i have is if they had any signage saying You must eat the rice otherwise your charged the a la carte price for the sushi… A lot of restraunts who try this (offer) do this… If it wasn’t posted. its fair game, even though it is a bit crappy of the guy to pull that kinda manure…

the author of the LATIMES article, who is type 1, seems to agree

I see his point, but I feel conflicted on this. If it’s all you can eat then I don’t think a restaurant should be able force someone to eat something they don’t want, regardless of diabetes

What got me in the LA Times article is "Oh said he offered to prepare sashimi for Martin. Two orders of sashimi cost $25, or $3 less than the all-you-can-eat sushi deal. But Oh said Martin declined the offer."
Apparently the owner tried to rectify the situation and David didn’t want to follow suit? The article said he paid the lower non-all you can eat rate. The other problem here is with the term ‘sushi’. Just the fish is sashimi whereas the roll with the rice and is sushi (I think - I can only say for a fact that just the fish is called sashimi!).

From a legal stand point I would say that David didn’t really have a leg to stand on. The advertisement was for sushi, not sashimi (and in every sushi serving place I’ve been to the difference is marked on the menu so you know what you’re getting!). And the owner tried to rectify the situation.

I don’t think it is up to the rest of the world to pad restaurants for diabetics or either type. It is up to you as a diabetic to know what you can and cannot have and to do your research ahead of time. How about asking if sashimi was included in the all you can eat special if you know you cannot eat the rice? I don’t feel like this person is trying to ‘fight for the little guy’ - he’s greedy and just wants to take advantage of this situation. Yuck.

That’s exactly what I did for my nephew’s 22nd birthday party. The restaurant ONLY offered sushi (although I think they would have given me sashimi if I had asked for it), so I decided this was a special occasion, and I took 10 units (that IS warp 10, isn’t it?), monitored how much I ate, and didn’t even have to correct later.

It really bothers me when some piece of scum does something like that and gives all diabetics a bad name!

That is ridiculous! Rice in sushi generally has 15 tablespoons of sugar to the pound of rice! I know, I went on a cookery course and watched as they made it and I am sure my blood sugar levels were going up with each spoonful added!

Restaurants do not generally charge you more for not eating the whole meal - say if you do not like it or are too full!

I was recently in San Francisco Japantown when I experienced a hypo of epic proportions - having walked a very long distance and most of that uphill! My sister wanted to go to a sushi bar and as she was paying, that is what we did. She was very concerned because I was sweating hard (from the hypo) and that my face was wet. (Big deal!). I tried to tell her that once I got enough sugar in my system that it would stop, but not before. I had about 6 items before I stopped sweating. But it worked. I was then able to enjoy a couple more bits and stop when I was ready!

I do think sueing someone for what the diabetic man is doing is a bit pathetic though! I would just put it down to experience!

The part of the article that ticked me off was the person who left this comment:

If David Martin is a Type 1 diabetic, it’s not his fault. But if he’s a Type 2, he’s probably responsible for that .