It wasn't a bad meal that kept Kathleen Hewko on the toilet at a sports bar for 20 minutes. According to a federal lawsuit, it was a bad toilet seat.
The New Jersey woman is suing a Pennsylvania sports bar and restaurant, saying she got stuck inside a toilet bowl when the seat "cracked in half" and sent her "violently" into the ceramic bowl.
Kathleen Hewko of Delran Township says she was in the bathroom at Starters Pub in an Allentown suburb when the handicapped toilet seat she was sitting on cracked and dumped her into the bowl.
Hewko's plunge wasn't just embarrassing, according to the lawsuit, it was painful.
Hewko claims in the lawsuit filed in November in U.S. District Court in Allentown that she had hip surgery prior to the Nov. 19, 2006 incident and was re-injured when the seat broke.
She also claims to have injured her lower back and thigh.
Hewko’s Philadelphia attorney, John Cirrinicione, says Hewko is not obese -- she weighs 130 to 140 pounds.
She is seeking $150,000 in damages from both Starters and Kohler, the toilet-seat manufacturer.
Hewko's husband, John, also is seeking about $75,000 from the defendants for being "deprived of the society, consortium, companionship, services, and assistance of his wife," the lawsuit charges.
Representatives from both companies said they couldn't comment.