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    Ok. I figured it out....(kinda long)

    Ok. after having to spend all day at work alone and not many customers. My mind started to think about stuff on it's own.

    So in This fine country we have. People can sue anyone for anything and win most the time.


    So the most common are listed in the idea/story below.


    A woman goes through McDonald's Drive Thru and orders coffee. While driving down the road she places the coffee between her legs, where her larger then normal thighs squeeze the cup and pop the lid off, causing HOT coffee to splash out all over her legs, burning her. She then decided to sue McDonald’s. where in the court decision she is awarded lots of money and a life time supply of free McDonald's food.

    So now the lady goes to McDonald's 4-5 times a week for her "free" food. So eats lots of burgers and fries and her "larger then normal" sized legs gets bigger along with her bitt, waist and everything else. So now she turns around and sues McDonald's for making her fat, and in a court order she is awarded lots more money.


    She decides to go on a diet. to loose the weight. Dieting is hard and in return she takes up smoking. Starts off slow. one pack last a week or two. but after about 2 years of failed diet attempts, she now up to a pack of smokes a day. Now she is sick and has lung cancer, She now sues the tobacco company for making a product so addicting and dangerous. and in yet another court order, she is awarded LOTS more money.

    She then takes some of her money and goes and buys a Mini van from the Honda Motor Co. She gets in and realizes that all those failed diet attempts caused her stress and she got fatter. Now the seat belt wont fit around her. She request a seat belt extension belt from Honda. They inform her that they do not make extension since it alters the belt making it not function properly in an accident.

    She now sues Honda and in ANOTHER court order is awarded lots more money and is refunded the FULL amount of the min van upon return of the van to the dealership.

    So now she goes and buys a Winabigo (sp) and goes on a trip. She is driving down the HWY and has another craving for a cup of coffee. She sets the cruise control and heads to the kitchen in back to start a pot of coffee. While back there. The RV runs off the road and wrecks. She is slightly injured and the RV is totaled. She sues Wenibigo (sp) because no where int eh owners manual did it say “When setting the cruise control, DO NOT LEAVE THE DRIVERS SEAT.” And in another court order she is awarded lots more money and the replacement of her RV.

    So now with all her new found cash burning a hole in her pocket. She decides to go buy new furniture for her house. She picks up her children and heads off the furniture store. While shopping around the poor woman accidently trips over a rowdy child (HER OWN CHILD TO BE SPECIFIC) that was carelessly running through the store. The woman broke her ankle. She sues the furniture store AND WINS.




    This is how the American justice system works.



    ***Note*** ALL the events listed above ARE TRUE lawsuits, however they were not all from the same person. I just put them into a story form for fun.

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    Too Hilarious! I have heard about all of those and I like them in your happy little story! Now all the lady needs to do is sue the funeral parlor from beyond the grave because they don't make coffins big enough for her!
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    Well, as far as the coffee incident at McDonald's, you were never really told the full story unless you did a lot of research into it.

    This actually *was* a valid lawsuit.

    The problem wasn't a stupid person not knowing that the coffee would be hot, but more of McDonald's refusal to cool the coffee down to a safer level. McDonald's coffee at that point was claimed to be the hottest coffee in town. However, it could easily create 3rd degree burns. It was always served several degrees hotter than any other restraunt would even think of serving their coffee.

    On top of refusing to cool it down, they failed to put warning that their coffee was dangerously hot.

    I believe there were several other factors, but I was one that believed that it was a case of stupid person winning in court until I heard about all the facts of the rest of the case.

    Oddly enough, me hearing about the rest of the facts fell in line with a rather stupid lawsuit: a divorced couple suing somebody that hit them in a car accident because they had apparently caused the divorce by hitting them with the car. An accident that didn't really do much damage, apparently...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrumiousBoojum
    Well, as far as the coffee incident at McDonald's, you were never really told the full story unless you did a lot of research into it.

    This actually *was* a valid lawsuit.

    The problem wasn't a stupid person not knowing that the coffee would be hot, but more of McDonald's refusal to cool the coffee down to a safer level. McDonald's coffee at that point was claimed to be the hottest coffee in town. However, it could easily create 3rd degree burns. It was always served several degrees hotter than any other restraunt would even think of serving their coffee.

    On top of refusing to cool it down, they failed to put warning that their coffee was dangerously hot.

    I believe there were several other factors, but I was one that believed that it was a case of stupid person winning in court until I heard about all the facts of the rest of the case.

    Oddly enough, me hearing about the rest of the facts fell in line with a rather stupid lawsuit: a divorced couple suing somebody that hit them in a car accident because they had apparently caused the divorce by hitting them with the car. An accident that didn't really do much damage, apparently...
    I have done LOTS of research into the coffee (and other) BS lawsuits.

    I have worked for MD's Hardee's and BK and I know that the coffe when it is brewed is 117 degs. and remains between that and 112 degs untill poured from the pot into the cup. Now I agree that is HOT But there are very vallid reasons to have it that hot. Keeps it from goign bad as fast. keeps it warm longer.

    AS for the "warning" There has ALWAYS been a warning on the coffee cups saying "Caution: HOT LIQUID"

    Refusal to cool it down????? Ok. so they serve nice hot coffee and someone gets stupid and burns themself. Or they cool it down and now everyone complains that the coffee is too cold.

    I know that working the places I did, if a coustomer asked (and only when asked) we would add ice to their cup. one lady even requested half and half. (half cold water and half coffee.)


    On top of that. Who in their right mind sticks a cup of HOT coffee in a paper cup between their legs while driving?

    Basicly some lady saw a "get rich quick" idea and acted on it.



    I think I'm going to sue Playboy for my CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

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    Quote Originally Posted by monorail_rider
    I think I'm going to sue Playboy for my CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
    Upon hearing his joke being stolen. Larry the Cable Guy sues Monorail_rider for tons of money
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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMunkee
    Upon hearing his joke being stolen. Larry the Cable Guy sues Monorail_rider for tons of money
    But who sues him since we were telling that joke in middle school?



    (oops edited the wrong thread in the wrong board. LOL)
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    Quote Originally Posted by monorail_rider
    But who sues him since we were telling that joke in middle school?
    Good Question.

    And besides...my bad. Larry the Cable Guy says he's going to sue Hustler for Carpal Tunnel. I guess you're in the clear since Playboy gave you you're Carpal Tunnel.

    Man, never drink and type especially when you can't think straight....trust me on this. I have a bad cold and just drank some Nightquill.
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    Whatabout when you are in the hospital... crate a movie/game idea... and 2 years latter... see it in the theaters but you didn't give them permission to use it or get any cash..... then sue....

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    Quote Originally Posted by monorail_rider
    Basicly some lady saw a "get rich quick" idea and acted on it.
    Yeah, I'm sure she inflicted 3rd degree burns on herself on purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon
    Yeah, I'm sure she inflicted 3rd degree burns on herself on purpose.

    Ok. Some information I learned from being on the Fire Dept.

    a 3rd deg burn can be very sever(sp) or it can be not so bad. Example. Anyone that has sipped a FRESH cup of hot coffee, or soup and burned their toung. That is a 3rd deg burn., It'll hurt for a day or 2. but it does not cause boils, skin loss, surgery, ect. Or you can be caught in a fire and be burned from head to toe and that ALSO is 3rd deg burn.



    So when you hear and say that she had 3rd deg burns from coffee. Image how your toung feels when you drink hot coffee and then tell me if you think she had a vallid lawsuit.

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    http://www.vanfirm.com/mcdonalds-coffee-lawsuit.htm

    Two important quotes from that article.

    Before trial, McDonald's gave the opposing lawyer its operations and training manual, which says its coffee must be brewed at 195 to 205 degrees and held at 180 to 190 degrees for optimal taste.
    That's a little above your 117 degree number. Remeber, water's boiling point is at 212 degrees, and a substance like coffee holds heat longer than plain water so would burn more if spilled.

    Quote #2
    What the jury didn't realize initially was the severity of her burns. Told during the trial of Mrs. Liebeck's seven days in the hospital and her skin grafts, and shown gruesome photographs, jurors began taking the matter more seriously.
    I don't know about you, but I've spilled coffee on my self before and it never required an extended hospital stay and skin grafts.

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    Some more interesting points...

    The testimony of Mr. Appleton, the McDonald's executive, didn't help the company, jurors said later. He testified that McDonald's knew its coffee sometimes caused serious burns, but hadn't consulted burn experts about it.
    There was far more going on in the case than most people realize. McDonalds knew there was potential for danger and did nothing to even look into it.

    I'm generally against frivolous law suits. I also am of the opinion that the award to the victim in this case was too high (I'll get to that). But the claim itself most certainly had merit.

    As for the award being to high, here's how I see it. The jury awarded $2.7 million in punitive damages. Now, while I understand that 1) there does have to be a some significant penalty to discourage companies from negligence and 2) simply paying for a victim's medical costs does not really compensate them for the emotional pain or future problems, making people millionaires out of this is going to far. Personally, I think punitive damages should be paid to the state and go to covering the cost of the judicial system.

    Of course, if the tort reform bill that just ended up in the House goes through, that will change the game.

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    Why would anyone actually defend the 'coffee spiller'?? coffee=hot, even a child can realize this. People just need to own up to their stupid mistakes and stop trying to blame others. These people shouldn't breed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Mad Hatter
    Why would anyone actually defend the 'coffee spiller'?? coffee=hot, even a child can realize this. People just need to own up to their stupid mistakes and stop trying to blame others. These people shouldn't breed.
    Sigh. 1) The jury reduced her compensatory damages by 20% because she was responsible for spilling it. 2) The coffee was dangerously hot, McDonalds knew it was dangerously hot, and they did nothing about it.

    Yes, she made a stupid mistake spilling coffee. But it's reasonable to assume that you don't have to treat a cup of coffee as a hazardous material. You spill it, it hurts a lot, you need a new pair of pants. But there's no way in HELL it should land you in a hospital for 7 days and require expensive, painful, and permanently disfiguring skin grafts. Especially, and this can't be stressed enough, when a McDonalds exectuive admitted that they knew the coffee could cause burns but did nothing about it. Pure negligence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon
    But it's reasonable to assume that you don't have to treat a cup of coffee as a hazardous material.
    It's also reasonable not to put a cup of coffee inbetween your legs. And of course the McDonalds representatives were apologetic...if they weren't then the people that blame everyone else for everything would throw a hissy-fit. It's all ludicrous. There is potential danger with everything. So what's next, putting a label on a baseball bat telling people not to hit other people upside the head with it?

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