posted on Apr, 3 2011 @ 11:38 PM
here is the true story of the coffee lawsuit
Now, unless you crawled out from under a rock, a few years ago here in the US, some woman burned herself on a cup of McDonald’s coffee and
ended up suing McDonalds for millions. And I mean MILLIONS of dollars! (I’m still kicking myself for not thinking of THAT get-rich-quick scheme.) I
think she’s living in some villa in the south of France now and the price of every single Quarter-Pounder-with-cheese that you are buying instantly
went up 10 cents to make up for those lost millions. So McDonalds, and everyone else for that matter, started covering their ass and plastering HOT!
all over their coffee cups… and now evidently, as I look down at my cup, CALIENTE! as well.
I remember that cup of coffee well. The woman took the cup and held it between her knees to add cream. In taking off the lid, the cup folded up from
the heat of the coffee and spilled all over her legs. See was in hospital for over a week with third degree burns over 6% of her body and took
multiple skin graphs to repair her thighs.
The woman was 79.
All she asked for from Mac Donalds was to pay her medical bills. $20,000
They refused. So she got a lawyer.
They asked for $90,000 and Ronnie refused again
They lawyer asked for $300,000 and a mediator suggested $250,000
McDonalds refused again.
McDonalds company policy was to serve coffee hot
180 degrees F.
McDonalds had numerous complaints about the temperature of their coffee and knew full well that coffee at 180 degrees would cause third degree burns
Yet they negligently continued in this practice.
The jury found for the defendant and awarded her $2.5 million.
The judge lowered the award to $640,000
McDonalds appealed and the parties finally settled out of court for less than $600,000.
This case has been used by many people over the years to validate their defense of frivolous lawsuits brought against corporations by stupid money
grubbing people without finding the facts to support them. They invariably cite the multi-millions that this stupid woman won.
Invariably. They just use their own biases as proof enough and then have it when others with the same biases agree.
she was 79 years old and only wanted a cup of joe