British Columbia woman sues McDonald's over coffee deemed too hot

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A British Columbian sues McDonald’s for coffee deemed too hot

This is not the first time that the temperature of certain drinks has led to lawsuits against the fast food chain.

A McDonald&#x27 customer ;s is suing the fast-food chain because it claims a restaurant drive-thru worker gave it hot coffee without securing the lid and the liquid burned it when it spilled .

In her lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Lok Fung claims that she ordered a drive-thru coffee from McDonald's restaurant on Still Creek Drive in Burnaby on January 20, 2021. After receiving her order, she said he spilled his coffee and in the process burned his left wrist and thigh.

She accuses McDonald's of negligence, serving her coffee at too high a temperature and failing to warn her that the coffee would be extremely hot. The lawsuit also alleges that the fast-food chain is not training its employees enough.

McDonald's has not filed a response to the pending lawsuit and has not not responded to CBC's request for comment.

None of the allegations have yet been proven in court.

McDonald's was first sued in the early 1990s and ordered to award US$2.9 million to a customer who burned herself with a coffee purchased from one of its restaurants.

In the early 1990s, Stella Liebeck ordered coffee from the drive-thru of a McDonald's restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Since there were no cup holders in the car her grandson was driving, once the car was parked, Stella Liebeck put the coffee between her knees to add cream and sugar .

She spilled the coffee and got a 3rd degree burn.

Ms. Liebeck sued McDonald's. An initial judgment awarded him US$2.9 million in damages, but a subsequent judgment reduced that sum to US$640,000.

Several other extremely hot drink lawsuits were subsequently undertaken.

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