LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Washington-based health advocacy group is asking the owner of a Las Vegas restaurant that prides itself on unhealthy meals to shut it down after a customer suffered a medical episode and was hospitalized.

Officials for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said Thursday they sent a letter to Heart Attack Grill owner Jon Basso, asking him to “declare moral bankruptcy” and close the restaurant.

Susan Levin, the group’s director of nutrition education, says the incident should be a wake-up call that bypass operations aren’t funny.

Basso says he hasn’t received the letter. He previously expressed sorrow for the victim, an unidentified man in his 40s. Basso says it wasn’t a stunt, and he felt bad that tourists in the restaurant at the time thought it was a joke.

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Comments (3)
  1. Elaine says:

    That’s ridiculous. They serve FOOD. It is the individual’s individual’s responsibility to know what he “should” and “should not” eat. HE MADE THE CHOICE TO EAT THERE INSTEAD OF going to a salad bar down the street..

    That same man, I am sure, raided the refrigerator at night. What’s he gonna do — file a law suit against his wife and/or the company that made the refrigerator?

    Gimme a break!

    1. Mike says:

      I couldn’t agree more, Elaine. It’s all about making our own choices, for better, or for worse, and dealing with the consequences.

      Groups like this DC group and countless others exist to make mountains out of mole hills. If they didn’t come up with some new issue or grievance there would be no more need for them to exist. And, even more to the point, they can use the publicity for additional donations.

      I wish people would just let us live with out telling us what we can and can’t eat, , do, etc.

      1. Elaine says:

        @ Mike…I thought most of his “little” acts were stupid at the time. However, then I started watch his patterns.

        The Man (excuse me, “The (m)an is working very hard to get his opinions backed with the highest authority figure in the U.S. — that of the POTUS — to control people.

        The attitude of “I want everyone else to pay for my stupidity — has NOTHING to do with food; or butting his nose into people’s bedrooms — these are all “Control Issues” — THAT ARE BEING EMULATED by the public-at-large.

        His Virus is spreading. Remember Bush Sr.’s Trickle down effect?
        Well, this is a good example.

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