Controversy doesn't ever seem to leave McDonald's!!
One of the biggest and most well known lawsuits to ever hit fast food happened in 1992, when a cup of McDonald's hot coffee spilled on 79-year-old Stella Liebeck in Alburquerque, N.M. She suffered third-degree burns and was hospitalized, so it's actually way worse than people realize.
She sued McDonald's and won $2.9 million for her pain and suffering!
Since then, more and more lawsuits have been launched at the franchise, many of them just hoping to strike gold again.
The most recent, though, has a little more weight to it than the others: 74-year-old Joan Fino, from Fresno C.A., was burned with second-degree burns to her groin after coffee spilled in her lap at a drive-through.
"It still hurts. I have trouble sleeping because the burning sensation doesn't go away."
McDonald's hasn't commented publicly on it, but Joan's lawyer say they want to reach a confidential settlement. Which means that McDonald's STILL finds it cheaper to pay off injured patrons than it is just to brew at a lower temp! This is because keeping the coffee at too hot temperatures means the coffee keeps its taste longer — leading to less brewing, less wasting, less money.
Fino is suing McDonald's for negligence, contending the corporation acted with malice because its employees knowingly served her coffee that was:
"unreasonably hot in excess of 175 degrees Fahrenheit."
That's only 10 degrees cooler than the original 1992 lawsuit! She's lookin' for money for medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, emotional distress and pain and suffering.
McDonald's DOES print a warning of the temperature on their cups, but that doesn't excuse the fact that it sounds like the employee didn't secure the lids enough, as the first cup was leaky for Joan, and then the second one spilled completely.
"I was screaming and crying but the lady at the window didn't even offer to help me. I left the car running in the drive-through."
It took a long time before a female employee finally approached, but only to get Joan's name and phone number!
Joan's husband took her to the hospital. Once there, she was told to go to the burn center at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. The restaurants alleged only attempt to reach out to her was when an insurance agent asked her if she had blisters!
More than a year later, her injuries STILL BOTHER HER!
Wow! We wonder if this will bring about change, or if she'll be happy with a massive settlement — one that doesn't effect they way they conduct their coffee business!
[Image via AP Images.]
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