Beneath the media hype, a disturbing portrait of the West:
Mohammed Zaman, 53, used cheaper ground peanuts at his restaurants, rather than almond powder, resulting in the manslaughter of nut allergy sufferer Paul Wilson, 38, in North Yorkshire.
Mr Wilson never recovered after eating a takeaway curry from the Indian Garden in Easingwold, despite telling staff he could not eat nuts – and a judge has now blasted Zaman as ‘reckless’.
O, the humanity:
Earlier Mr Wilson’s heartbroken parents Keith and Margaret Wilson said today that a mere mouthful of the contaminated chicken tikka masala was enough to kill their son.
Not to be entirely cynical, but look at the situation objectively. If contact with peanuts can kill you, the risk of getting it wrong even once is impossible; this applies doubly if, as in the case of this young man, you apparently slip into a coma before rescue services can get there. Thinking clearly, it would be apparent that this cost is too high to ever risk, and so the person with this allergy would prepare his own food exclusively. Another way to phrase this: would you ever trust minimum-wage restaurant workers with your life?
In our modern stupor, we assume he is "good" because he was "careful," but this is just boilerplate. Asking apathetic people who lack the capacity to understand fatal allergies of this nature is just foolishness. Like others in our society, Mr. Wilson believed that rules and communications were somehow more important than reality itself. He turned out to be wrong, and pay for this foolishness with his life.
As far as the restaurant owner, nearly nothing needs be said other than this:
During a trial that led to his conviction it emerged that Zaman ran up £294,000 debts in his restaurants so was substituting ingredients for cheaper alternatives.
Yet he was still paying for his son to go to the prestigious private St Peter's School in York from his business account.
In our not-so-brilliant modern time, those who succeed are the illogical and selfish. Good work, democracy. This man clearly does not deserve wealth as he cannot handle it.