Serves coffee to McDonalds all day

If you were to try to describe Murphy's law in terms of hot drinks, you would have to explain that the time span for coffee at the perfect temperature is extremely short. On the other hand, the likelihood of either burning your tongue or having to swallow a cold broth is immensely high. Paulette Carr from Los Angeles is of the opinion that it is definitely part of the responsibility of fast-food restaurants to achieve this brief moment of pleasant degrees when serving the drink and to prevent the liquid, which may be too hot, from tipping out by properly attaching a lid to the cup prevent.

Because the employees of a McDonald's branch on Sepulveda Boulevard obviously did not succeed, Carr has now sued the company. She had ordered coffee from the drive-in counter. "The lid for the hot coffee was negligently, frivolously and improperly placed on the mug, which led to it falling down the window when it was handed over. Therefore, the hot coffee was poured on the plaintiff," says the indictment. She suffered injuries as a result and therefore filed a lawsuit. Her lawyer Sheri Manning has so far refused to comment on the severity of the injuries or the amount requested.

In the USA, even in minor accidents, anyone who cannot escape up a tree in time is sued - sometimes someone is shaken down too. The case of Paulette Carr is particularly interesting because it happened exactly 20 years after one of the most bizarre lawsuits for compensation for pain and suffering in history. Back then, too, it was about McDonald's and hot coffee.

The "fastest way to the first million"

Stella Liebeck was awarded $ 2.9 million by a New Mexico court in 1994 for sustaining third-degree burns while trying to pour milk and sugar into the mug she placed between her legs in the passenger seat would have. She spilled coffee and burned her skin on her thighs. The fine was later reduced to $ 640,000, but still caused a stir around the world. Jay Leno called the verdict the "quickest route to the first million", the case was parodied in "Seinfeld" and other television series, lawyers called Liebeck a "greedy rascal", the lawsuit "frivolous" and called for a change in the law.

However, the trial revealed that McDonald's had deliberately served very hot coffee, understood the dangers of burns, and failed to adequately inform customers. That there had been 700 burns before Liebeck's lawsuit, in which McDonald's had reached an out-of-court settlement with the victims and dismissed the injuries as irrelevant due to the small number compared to the billions of coffees sold per year. That didn't make Liebeck any less greedy, but it did explain that McDonald's was by no means innocent in this case. Since then, a notice has appeared on coffee mugs in the United States that coffee is a hot drink.

In the current case, it's about the lids on the cups and again about at least a six-figure sum. Carr wants money for medical care, loss of earnings, loss of possible future earnings - and a cushion for future treatments that have to do with the burns. McDonald's has not yet wanted to comment on the case, but it is to be expected that there will soon be a sign on the cups: Such a lid can fall off the cup every now and then. By the way, if you want to know how small the range is for coffee at the perfect temperature, the National Coffee Association of USA is recommended. It's been around since 1911 - and she recommends serving coffee at a temperature between 180 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit (82 to 85 degrees Celsius).