Former soldier's lawsuit over needles in hamburger purchased at Hawaii base heads to trial

HONOLULU, Hawaii – A former soldier’s lawsuit alleging he bit into needles in a Burger King sandwich purchased at Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks is headed to trial.

Clark Bartholomew sued after he said he was injured in 2010 when he bit into a Triple Stacker from a Burger King on the central Oahu base. The former Army sergeant says one needle pierced his tongue and another was lodged in his small intestine.

Defendants include Miami-based Burger King Corp. and the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange, which operates the franchise.

Government attorneys argued that Bartholomew can’t sue because he suffered his injuries during the course of military service. A federal judge denied the motion to throw out the case.

Because a settlement wasn’t reached last week, trial is scheduled for August.

Bartholomew has since retired and lives in Chantilly, Virginia.