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You may get it in writing, but not from an authorized representative

February 20, 2019 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A man is suing Burger King to get free food for life.

After a man got trapped in the bathroom of an Oregon Burger King for an hour, the manager promised him free food for life when he was finally freed. But the district manager got wind of the deal, and put a stop to it. 

Now, the man has sued for more than $9,000, which he calculates to be the cost of one whopper a week until he turns 72, which his lawyer noted is five years shorter than the average life span, based on his frequent consumption of cheeseburgers.  

Sounds kind of fair, especially because the manager agreed to it. But here's a legal lesson that many businesses learn the hard way: Not everyone is an authorized representative of the business, and not every manager has the authority to sign a contract on its behalf. 

So if you're trying to sell a product to a company, you have to be sure that when you get it in writing, the person signing it off has the authority to make a deal.

And if you run a company, remind employees that you're the ruler, so no underling thinks he's the king.