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(The Consumerist)   Woman sues McDonalds over hot coffee. This actually is a repeat from 1992. Just different players   (consumerist.com) divider line 194
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2010-02-07 08:52:44 AM
If I were the judge I would throw out the case and invite her to refile with only the claim for negligent handling, not the coffee is hot claim. But if I were a judge I would routinely have attorneys flogged for being annoying or obstructive. I'm not going to be appointed a judge.
 
2010-02-07 09:50:21 AM
What do you mean there's no ice. You mean I have to drink this coffee hot?
 
2010-02-07 09:51:47 AM
The woman and yer lawyer should serve prison time for this shiat.
 
2010-02-07 10:26:54 AM
jehovahs witness protection: The woman and yer lawyer should serve prison time for this shiat.

She's seeking medical costs and lost wages. That's reasonable. It's the also seeking "Pain and anguish" damages that make me want to keel haul her.
 
2010-02-07 10:39:23 AM
In addition to regular and decaf, restaurants should offer "tepid." If they offer an option that won't burn even if you jump into a tub of the stuff, there should be no complaints.

/I'll have a quad tiepido cappuccino to go, please.
 
2010-02-07 11:13:47 AM
$300 for lost wages and medical, and $7,200 for punitive damages?

Award her the $300 for medical and wages and 10% of her punitive claim for negligent handling. My guess is that the "nervous shock" and "burns and scarring" are BS.
 
2010-02-07 11:25:00 AM
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Unimpressed
 
2010-02-07 11:27:32 AM
Rex_Banner: Unimpressed

Who told you to put the balm on?!
 
2010-02-07 11:29:27 AM
News flash, Ms. Romero: Coffee is HOT. You have to be careful with it.
 
2010-02-07 11:42:22 AM
It's silly, but if the drive-thru person hands you coffee with a loose lid, that's actually kinda dangerous. Sorry, McD's. Just cough up the $25,000. Not like it matters to you.
 
2010-02-07 11:43:10 AM
Well, it's certainly more reasons than the 'millions' the other old geezer wanted, but it's still too much.

Sue for the medical. Sue for the lost wages. NOTHING ELSE. There's no mental anguish over a bit of coffee, moron.

Get your couple hundred bucks in rewards (and then lose it right back to attorney fees) and STFU.
 
2010-02-07 11:43:24 AM
Coffee tastes like shiat. I think McD's (and the rest) should stop selling it, avoid the hassles. You don't hear of any permanent damages from an ice cold Coke (tm) accidently dumped in a lap.
 
2010-02-07 11:44:07 AM
I was at a Friendly's once and overheard a lady complaining that her ice cream was too cold. Cool story . . .
 
2010-02-07 11:45:55 AM
They do serve it hot.
 
2010-02-07 11:46:34 AM
GoodyearPimp: Coffee tastes like shiat. I think McD's (and the rest) should stop selling it, avoid the hassles. You don't hear of any permanent damages from an ice cold Coke (tm) accidently dumped in a lap.

Yes, but Coke has other long-term damaging effects...

i.zdnet.com

/hot like I like my coffee
 
2010-02-07 11:47:03 AM
RoyHobbs22: I was at a Friendly's once and overheard a lady complaining that her ice cream was too cold. Cool story . . .


(rim shot)
 
2010-02-07 11:48:09 AM
stevenbdjr: Yes, but Coke has other long-term damaging effects...

See, those kids know how to handle a Coke (tm). They don't automatically dump it in their laps like the idiots that drink coffee.
 
2010-02-07 11:48:36 AM
If the burn requires surgery, it's a real sue-worthy burn. Otherwise, it's just red skin and STFU worthy.
 
2010-02-07 11:48:55 AM
Has anyone tried to sue a restaurant for giving them a bad case of the shiats? It's worth a shot.
 
2010-02-07 11:49:28 AM
They should test the coffee temperature by throwing it in the face of the "not before I've had my coffee" hipster douche in the commercials.

If he gets horrible disfiguring burns, it's just about hot enough to throw in the face of the writer/producer of the spot.
 
2010-02-07 11:49:29 AM
GoodyearPimp: Coffee tastes like shiat. I think McD's (and the rest) should stop selling it, avoid the hassles. You don't hear of any permanent damages from an ice cold Coke (tm) accidently dumped in a lap.

What if you're nude and walked in on by a love interest after the incident? That could be permanently damaging.

students.cup.edu

/hot
 
2010-02-07 11:51:29 AM
Dafatone: It's silly, but if the drive-thru person hands you coffee with a loose lid, that's actually kinda dangerous. Sorry, McD's. Just cough up the $25,000. Not like it matters to you.

This.
 
2010-02-07 11:51:49 AM
browntimmy: Has anyone tried to sue a restaurant for giving them a bad case of the shiats? It's worth a shot.

Taco Bell would have ceased to exist years ago.
 
2010-02-07 11:53:17 AM
Dear Ms. Douchesocket,

You're clumsy, coffee is served heated, and I highly doubt you make 318.00 a week, let alone in the time it takes to put some ice cubes on your leg.

By the way, this article made me want to vomit. You and reporter boy owe me 10 G.

/pain and suffering
 
2010-02-07 11:54:43 AM
Before complaining about the original coffee case, read up on it. It's funny how I've barely met a single soul who has ever said that the plaintiff in that case was entitled to anything, yet somehow they found 12 jurors who did. Seems to me that either McDonalds had terrible lawyers (unlikely) or there might have actually been some merit to the claim.
 
2010-02-07 11:55:25 AM
Dafatone: It's silly, but if the drive-thru person hands you coffee with a loose lid, that's actually kinda dangerous. Sorry, McD's. Just cough up the $25,000. Not like it matters to you.

As she's only asking $7500, I can't imagine why they wouldn't pay it. Seems reasonable too, unlike the millions asshats normally ask for.
 
2010-02-07 11:55:29 AM
Welcome to Oregon, the new litigation capital of the US. I am a physician and I am currently in the middle of a lawsuit for NOT giving Ritalin to a meth addicted inmate.

Idiocy abounds here. You can be hauled in front of the medical board for NOT giving controlled substances to addicts. In the meantime we have the highest controlled substance prescription rate already and, not coincidentally, the highest rate of prescription drug deaths. About 40% of inmates come in to jail with active, legitimate controlled substance prescriptions because docs are scared to say no. And no, they aren't all sick....

And we just voted in a RETROACTIVE tax due in April - only affects about 45% of the population. Guess what? It passed 55-45. Nice. You pay your taxes then at the last minute, "Fark you, you owe more."

This state used to be cool. Now it sucks major a$$.

We are leaving.
 
2010-02-07 11:56:03 AM
I know I read that the lady from the first case got 3rd degree burns, and those in a rather sensitive area. A lot of similar cases had been thrown out, but that lady got her case through for similar reasons, medical bills and lost wages. And I also know that McDonald's had been serving their coffee at 180 degrees, which is like 20 degrees hotter than any other fast food restaurant. And that they stepped back on the heat after the lawsuit, but have since steadily stepped it up to 180 again. So, I mean, if they didn't learn anything from the first one where they burned up some old lady's crotch, screw 'em.
 
2010-02-07 11:56:43 AM
Dafatone: It's silly, but if the drive-thru person hands you coffee with a loose lid, that's actually kinda dangerous. Sorry, McD's. Just cough up the $25,000. Not like it matters to you.

I know a neighbor kid who works McD drivethru....hhmmmmm did someone say foolproof get rich quick scheme?
 
M-G
2010-02-07 11:57:17 AM
Dafatone: It's silly, but if the drive-thru person hands you coffee with a loose lid, that's actually kinda dangerous. Sorry, McD's. Just cough up the $25,000. Not like it matters to you.

Indeed this. When handing someone a liquid hot enough to burn them, you need to take responsibility that the lid is at least on tight, especially when most cups have the structural rigidity of Kleenex when the lid isn't on.

And since everyone seems to need to be reminded, in the original case, McD's brought it on themselves with their refusal to settle and their arrogance at trial. That and the 3rd degree burns the woman suffered.
 
2010-02-07 11:57:50 AM
bunner: Dear Ms. Douchesocket,

I move to make this word the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year.
 
2010-02-07 11:58:03 AM
Can I sue for always getting watered down, flat, nasty ass Coke? Also, I'm not positive on this, but I have a feeling you could easily fit another cup of ice in there as well. I don't think 28 ounces of ice is enough for a 32 ounce drink.
 
2010-02-07 11:58:08 AM
That first coffee lawsuit person deserved every penny she got. If I got my clitoris scalded off I'd sue the hell out of someone too.
 
2010-02-07 11:59:40 AM
Come on people, if someone hands you a cup of near boiling coffee in a cup, and the lid had not been put on properly, that's a text book case of negligence. This is not about the coffee being "too" hot. It's about a minimum wage drive-thru monkey not bothering to put the lid on correctly.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2010-02-07 12:01:28 PM
Pemulis

I have read the trial lawyers' spin on the original "Stella" lawsuit, and without even considering the other side of the story I think the jury's award was outrageous.
 
2010-02-07 12:01:32 PM
theotherbilly: Can I sue for always getting watered down, flat, nasty ass Coke? Also, I'm not positive on this, but I have a feeling you could easily fit another cup of ice in there as well. I don't think 28 ounces of ice is enough for a 32 ounce drink.

This is why I always ask for no ice. I drink it fast enough that it's not going to get cold, and I don't get ripped off by being served 75% ice.
 
2010-02-07 12:04:11 PM
Quantumbunny: As she's only asking $7500, I can't imagine why they wouldn't pay it. Seems reasonable too, unlike the millions asshats normally ask for.

Because its the franchisee being sued, not McDonald's. Maybe this guy has a deductible and doesn't want to lose $7500 worth of income and have his rates increase.
How bad can the burn be if she says that her lost work and medical bills totals $318.00.
 
2010-02-07 12:04:51 PM
It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous.
 
2010-02-07 12:04:53 PM
Pemulis: Before complaining about the original coffee case, read up on it. It's funny how I've barely met a single soul who has ever said that the plaintiff in that case was entitled to anything, yet somehow they found 12 jurors who did. Seems to me that either McDonald's had terrible lawyers (unlikely) or there might have actually been some merit to the claim.

I like to ask them to explain to case to me, acting like I never heard of it before. They almost always have all the facts wrong... she was on her cell phone, speeding down the road, got only minor burns, etc. I love busting them with the facts and seeing how they come up with dumber and dumber justifications why it was totally her fault and McDonald's was the helpless victim.

Quantumbunny: Dafatone: It's silly, but if the drive-thru person hands you coffee with a loose lid, that's actually kinda dangerous. Sorry, McD's. Just cough up the $25,000. Not like it matters to you.

As she's only asking $7500, I can't imagine why they wouldn't pay it. Seems reasonable too, unlike the millions asshats normally ask for.


McDonald's doesn't want a precedent set to where they can be held responsible. This incident would only cost them $7500 but all of the other incidents where people are too scared to take on such a big company would suddenly seem winnable for the customer.
 
2010-02-07 12:05:21 PM
risc averse: Welcome to Oregon, the new litigation capital of the US. I am a physician and I am currently in the middle of a lawsuit for NOT giving Ritalin to a meth addicted inmate.


Jailhouse lawyers are overly litigious, but often very bad at it. Your insurance company's legal counsel will probably have that suit smacked down in due time.

On topic, I'm drinking coffee, yet no kicks...

/drinks more coffee
 
2010-02-07 12:05:25 PM
Ahem.

Coffee is HOT. If you haven't figured that out yet, you have no business drinking it.
 
2010-02-07 12:05:28 PM
NannyStatePark: That first coffee lawsuit person deserved every penny she got. If I got my clitoris scalded off I'd sue the hell out of someone too.

She spilled the coffee *in her own lap*. F*ck her.
 
2010-02-07 12:06:18 PM
DSanchez: It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous.

It's lewd, salacious, outrageous.
 
2010-02-07 12:06:50 PM
Shoop008: Quantumbunny: As she's only asking $7500, I can't imagine why they wouldn't pay it. Seems reasonable too, unlike the millions asshats normally ask for.

Because its the franchisee being sued, not McDonald's. Maybe this guy has a deductible and doesn't want to lose $7500 worth of income and have his rates increase.
How bad can the burn be if she says that her lost work and medical bills totals $318.00.


A trip to the ER costs more than that for even something simple. I'm guessing she and her attorney are idiots and don't realize that her insurance is going to seek restitution out of any damages awarded, unless her insurance filed for reimbursement separately from this suit.
 
2010-02-07 12:06:50 PM
Had a kid on my burn clinical whose sister accidentally spilled McD's coffee on her. She had second and third degree burns over 60% of her body. It was definitely mental anguish on my part to watch them handle her skin grafts.
 
2010-02-07 12:06:58 PM
RoyHobbs22: I was at a Friendly's once and overheard a lady complaining that her ice cream was too cold. Cool story . . .

I would have struggled to not walk across the aisle and slapped her.
 
2010-02-07 12:08:28 PM
Every time I get coffee at McDonald's it's too hot to drink. Sure I could wait for it to cool, but I wouldn't be eating McDonald's if I weren't in a hurry. They should make it at a temperature maybe 10 degrees F cooler.
 
2010-02-07 12:09:11 PM
OniNeko: ...and I don't get ripped off by being served 75% ice.

Oh, you figured out that McD's, and every other place, has been secretly cutting their coke with ice for years. You should have kept that to yourself, they'll be after you now.
 
2010-02-07 12:10:06 PM
jake3988: Well, it's certainly more reasons than the 'millions' the other old geezer wanted, but it's still too much.

Sue for the medical. Sue for the lost wages. NOTHING ELSE. There's no mental anguish over a bit of coffee, moron.

Get your couple hundred bucks in rewards (and then lose it right back to attorney fees) and STFU.


Once again, not getting what happened in the first one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebeck_v._McDonald's_Restaurants

1) McD's had already been told to reduce the temperature of the coffee, and had already had 700 cases of people being burned where they paid $500K out
2) The woman initially sought $20K after getting 3rd degree burns over 6% of her skin and other burns over 16% (11K of medical bills) and McD's offered her $800. After that it was when the lawyers came in, and even then the initial amount the lawyer wanted was $90K.
3) The woman and her lawyer never asked for "millions". The JURY decided they should get them, and in the end the total ended up beng less than 600K
 
2010-02-07 12:10:21 PM
dethmagnetic: Had a kid on my burn clinical whose sister accidentally spilled McD's coffee on her. She had second and third degree burns over 60% of her body. It was definitely mental anguish on my part to watch them handle her skin grafts.

60% of her body? How f*cking big was that cup, 2 gallons?
 
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