A Texas couple claimed sexual harassment against a hibachi restaurant in Tennessee after the wife was squirted with water from a toy.
Isabelle Lassiter and her husband, James, were dining at Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, when the incident occurred on July 25. According to Lassiter, a toy used during the chef’s show, which is made to look like a little boy urinating when its plastic pants are pulled down, squirted water on her face, CNN reports.
“It peed on me, basically,” she said. “It really didn't have a wiener, but you got the point."
The couple said they were horrified by the chef’s decision to make the toy appear to have urinated on Lassiter.
Her husband said he feels as though it was sexual harassment on the restaurant’s part.
“It was a sexual-style assault on my wife,” James said. “[It happened] in front of our minor children and grandchildren.”
Police who investigated the incident said the toy was not anatomically correct.
“Just because somebody cut off a piece of plastic, OK, it's not there anymore, doesn't change the fact that you're getting peed on,” James said.
Wasabi general manager Johnny Huang confirmed that water was squirted in Lassiter’s face.
Huang apologized to the couple, and said he never had an issue with the toy before. He instructed chefs to ask customers’ permission before exposing the toy again.
“The kids like it,” Huang said. “They think it's a water gun, kind of like a water gun..."
The Lassiter’s did not immediately file charges against the restaurant.
In another case of sexual harassment in a restaurant, a couple who celebrated Valentine’s Day together was outraged after a chef at a Japanese steakhouse made suggestive comments to them about their sex life.
Ellie Parker and Lucy Stenger were shocked when the chef at Asahi Japanese Steakhouse told them they needed a man to join them on Valentine’s Day because they are lesbians.
“If you guys are having trouble in the bedroom, you can always bring me to heat things up,” the chef allegedly told them, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reported.
“We at Asahi are extremely sorry for the incident that occurred on Feb. 14, 2016,” the restaurant said in a statement following the incident.
“In our 14 years of providing quality food, service and entertainment to our customers this is the first time we were made aware that customers were offended by one of our chef's comments during the entertainment portion of the meal," the statement continued. "No malice or disrespect was intended."