THRICIA SAINTIL / NEWS TEAM
A Tallahassee woman has filed a civil suit against a local Mexican restaurant after she fell off its donkey statue and fractured her spine.
On Aug. 31, 2015 Kimberly Bonn was dining at the El Jalisco Southwood Mexican when she decided to mount the built-to-scale donkey to pose for a picture. Bonn, at some point, sli
pped off the back of the statue, fell hard on the floor, and fractured her spine.
In the lawsuit document, which was filed on Friday in the Leon County Circuit Court, Bonn claims that the restaurant is at fault since the statue had no “ladder, step … or other safety feature,” nor did it have a “saddle or seat.” She also alleges that the restaurant encouraged customers to climb on the statue to have their pictures taken.
According to Florida Politics, which first reported the complaint, Bonn who is represented by James Biggart of the Morgan & Morgan personal injury law firm, is seeking damages of more than $15,000.
Loyal patrons have come in defense of the popular attraction as news of the lawsuit hit social media, by creating a “For the Donkey” Facebook page.
“Just because you are an a*s doesn’t mean you should be treated like one,” The post urges.
“Join us in standing up for this poor donkey as he prepares for the fight of his life against a powerful legal entity who is ‘for the people.'” The hashtag ForTheDonkey is being used to encourage readers to share the page, post pictures and to defend El Jalisco’s reputation from being tarnished.
As of Wednesday night, the Facebook page has garnered over 700 likes.