In 2014, 38-year-old Paul Wilson ordered a curry from the Indian Garden restaurant in Easingwold, U.K., and specifically requested that it be nut-free, because of his dangerous allergy. Instead, the restaurant served him a takeout meal containing nut powder, and he died of anaphylactic shock, alone in his apartment, that very night. Kind of a big deal.
In May of 2016, Indian Garden owner Mohammed Zaman started a six-year jail sentence for manslaughter, but the restaurant is still open for business, under the management of his family. And if you think things are bad for Zaman, his family has a bigger problem: bad publicity. (Note: bad publicity is not actually worse than going to prison for manslaughter.)
Now, in a last-ditch effort to get back on top of the story, Zaman's son Emraz (a legal student) has sent an email out to their customers entitled "our apology." But as you can see, it doesn't exactly come off as that apologetic:
[We] sincerely apologise to all our loyal customers for the recent heavy press surrounding the Easingwold branch and the somewhat disappointing decision for our founding father Mr Zaman. Mistakes have been made and this is no excuse but now is a time to move on as Mr Zaman so wishes.
We are now in the process of launching a new dessert menu and have hired an exclusive pastry chef from London to design this. Our philosophy, started by our founder, [Mohammed] Khalique Zaman, was and still is to create real quality Indian cuisine of the highest standard.
With exhilarating flavours and subtle aromas...Jaipur Spice will transform your perception of Indian food...You'll spot the difference the moment the food arrives!!"
You read that right—he ended the email with an ad. Check out the nuts on this guy (unless you're allergic). He also didn't even apologize for killing Paul Wilson, just for the "heavy press" and "disappointing decision," referring to the judge's decision to lock his dad up for criminal negligence.
And lest you start having sympathy for the Zamans, keep this in mind—this wasn't the first time. Only two weeks before Wilson died, a 17-year-old girl had been hospitalized after her request for a nut-free meal was also ignored by Indian Garden. But she didn't die, so no one went to jail, and nothing changed. The management wouldn't even take responsibility when contacted by the girl's mother.
So if you find yourself in Easingwold anytime soon and are craving some curry, consider your options. You might have to skip the "exhilarating flavours and subtle aromas" of Indian Garden's new dessert menu, but on the plus side, you won't die.