Two days ago, the New York Times told the world that “Harris Wolobah, 14, of Worcester, Mass., died at a hospital on Friday shortly after eating the chip, his mother said”- the chip, Paqui’s “one chip challenge” comes one to a box for $10 and dares you to eat it- without any water, milk, ice cream- and see how long you last. It’s a ridiculously spicy chip made by Amplify Snack brands, a division of Hershey foods since 2017.
The chip “was made with the Carolina Reaper, which has been measured at more than two million Scoville heat units, the scale used to measure how hot peppers are, and the Naga Viper, which has been measured at just under 1.4 million Scoville units. Jalapeño peppers are typically rated at between 2,000 and 8,000 units.”
It was voluntarily recalled the next day. The autopsy won’t be complete for 12 weeks, but this one death (and the coming lawsuit) scared Hershey’s out of the nuclear hot spicy chip business.
Yet, hundreds of American’s die daily by getting shot. Guns make our country one of the most dangerous places on the planet, but gun manufacturers have nothing to worry about, because, well, guns don’t kill people, people kill people and Congress has been bought by the NRA.
Imagine if with every shooting, lawyers could sue gun manufacturers for everything they have, because they sold a product that was unsafe?
Or we required gun owners to carry million dollar insurance policies to make sure that no one gets shot with their guns?
Bet something would change.
But, no, that’s not the American way, even though we did manage to ban “Lawn Darts” or “Jarts” after just a few deaths of children.
The Paqui chip may be banned even faster.
Because, now we know, guns don’t kill people, hot chips do.