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  •  An 81 Year Old (none)
    Woman needs cosmetic surgery on her groin?

    The Apple Pie Filling is the real killer at McD's, like napalm. They need tart reform.

    Word, if you are 81 and still driving, stop. If you are 81 and can't hold onto your beverage, don't get hot drinks at the drive thru.

    •  Yo, bozo- (none)
      read the details of the case before you spout off and make an ASS of yourself with your assumptions.

      The victim was a passenger in a car driven by her grandson. He parked, she opened the coffee to put the cream in, spilled it on herself. Because the MacDonalds practice was to keep it superhot so they wouldn't have to make as much during the day, it gave her third degree burns. That means it burns down into your body, all the way through your skin. Which means skin grafts.

      If you're so blase about someone having to have their genitals skin-grafted - well, I hope it happens to you some day.

      Because this was over the 700th victim of MacDonald's coffee, and they were just paying hush money and going on leaving it at near-boiling temperatures because they figured it was cheaper that way.

      Do your research, peabrain.

      "The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret" - T. Pratchett (change @ for AT to email)

      by bellatrys on Mon Aug 02, 2004 at 12:04:28 PM PDT

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      •  insults (none)
        are nice, if you are a small child; However, they have no place on this forum or in a converstaion between adults.

        She opened the coffee and poured it on herself. Mayor McCheese did not tell her to spill hot coffee on her crotch. When handling a hot beverage one needs to exercise caution. The bad publicity alone would have made me advise a settlement; However, the ridiculous, frivolous nature of this suit when made public actually had the oppossite effect.

        700 people sounds like a great deal, yet, how many coffees in how many years? The vast majority of coffee drinkers thanked Ronald for the hot coffee, which BTW is best served hot, and cheap.

        McDonald's settled the lawsuits because the people were after cash and they wanted it fast, it was their choice to accept the money. It was their choice to order a hot drink. It was their actions that caused any damage due to burn. Now if the cup had been defective, or the lid, or even the coffee maker itself ... and there could be your true culprits, the ultimate responsibilty could lie with the engineers who designed a holding tank for coffee that allowed the liquid to reach genital disfiguring potency.

        Do we idiot proof the whole world so that a couple ambulance chasers can get rich?

        If granny burnt her depends off at a church fundraiser or her neighbor's house over a convivial cup would the situation be resolved in the same manner? Howabout the Mom and Pop cafe? Do they need to post warnings, have customers sign waivers, or carry huge insurance policies because of Granny Butterfingers et al. Vs. The Hamburglars?

        She Super Sized her profits. The original offer by the company who violated no law, no health code, no statute in serving the hot side hot, was adequate to cover the medical. The huge reward in "damages" is what she was after and the end result of her and her greed means you get a cold more expensive cup of coffee that you have to swear to drink at your own risk and agree to binding arbitration before purchasing.  

        "Do you really want to hurt me?"

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