someone needs to turn down that sass level
Two things to know about Canada!
- We are smart enough to know hot things should be hot.
- We are sorry if you don’t
fun story about the reason they do that (at least in America)
once this lady spilled her McDonald’s coffee on herself and ended up getting like 3rd degree burns and since there was no warning on the cup she was able to claim she didn’t know it would be hot (or at least that hot) and won a lawsuit against McDonald’s for $1 million
That’s what the media smear campaign against her would have you believe, anyway. The truth of the matter is that the McDonald’s in question had previously been cited - on at least two separate occasions - for keeping their coffee so hot that it violated local occupational health and safety regulations. The lady didn’t win her lawsuit because American courts are stupid; she won it because the McDonald’s she bought that coffee from was actively and knowingly breaking the law with respect to the temperature of its coffee at the time of the incident.
(I mean, do you have any idea what a third-degree burn actually is? Third-degree burns involve “full thickness” tissue damage; we’re talking bone-deep, with possible destruction of tissue. Can you even imagine how hot that cup of coffee would have to have been to inflict that kind of damage in the few seconds it was in contact with her skin?)
Yeah I’m tired of people joking about either the “stupid” woman who didn’t know coffee was hot or the “greedy” woman making up bullshit to get money.
She was hideously injured by hideous irresponsibility, it was an absolutely legitimate lawsuit and the warning on the cups basically allows McDonalds to claim no responsibility even if it happens again. Every other company followed suit to cover their asses.
So they can still legally serve you something that could sear off the end of your tongue or permanently demolish the front of your gums and just give you a big fat middle finger in court. “The label SAID it would be HOT, STUPID.”
obligatory reblog for the great debunking of the usual ignorance spouted about this case
obligatory mention that the media smear campaign to twist teh facts on this case and get public opinion against the victim was deliberate and fueled by the right wing tort reform movement
it was seized upon to limit the rights of consumers to hold giant corporations accountable for wrongdoing
watch the documentary Hot Coffee, it lays out all of the facts and examines the response to this case and explains why everything you think you know about this case is bullshit, and explains why tort reform is bullshit in an entertaining and informative manner
The other thing to remember here is that in the US, the customer who got third degree burns had to pay for her medical care, because the same right-wing ideologues who complain about “compensation culture” also complain about “socialised medicine”. If she hadn’t had to pay out an immense sum of money for her injuries, she wouldn’t have had to sue, and would have been awarded far less money had she done.
Comment chains like this are one of the greatest things about Tumblr.
I actually saw that “Hot Coffee” documentary prior to this. You should watch it. It talks about a lot of the injustice that goes on with court cases, and how the media has skewed lots of lawsuits. It is on Netflix at the moment.
They show pictures of the burns the woman got from the coffee and they were pretty gruesome. It was like someone poured acid all over her. The doctors thought she was going to die.
The reason she was awarded a couple million dollars is because McDonnelds is a huge company. If you just take enough to pay for the medical cost, that is barely a dent in their wealth. If you take enough money that they HAVE to notice, then they will change. Since then, the coffee at McDonnelds has been set at a much lower temperature.