Some people win contests for eating hot dogs, and some people get fired for it.
In the case of Nolan Koewler, it was the latter. Koewler, who worked for the Dillard’s department store chain in Indiana, attended the company picnic in July and helped with the clean-up afterwards. That’s when the trouble started.
Apparently, there were a lot of cooked hot dogs left over from the picnic. A company supervisor said he ordered Koewler and other clean-up helpers to gather up the hot dogs and store them for another company event to be held Labor Day. Koewler proceeded to eat two of the hot dogs, and was fired for “theft.”
He sued the company for unjust termination after he was denied unemployment benefits because Dillard’s insisted he was fired for cause.
A three-judge appeals court agreed with Koewler, saying there was no proof that he ever heard the order to store the hot dogs (in some place besides his stomach).
Left unanswered by the court is what we consider to be the major question involved: Who’s storing cooked hot dogs so that they can be eaten two months later?