Skip to comments.$10M SUIT FOR JAVA JOLT (Staten Island woman scalded by Dunkin' Donuts cup of coffee)
Posted on 11/17/2005 8:49:08 PM PST by nickcarraway
A Staten Island woman wants $10 million for being scalded by a cup of coffee.
Sharon Shea said she suffered second- and third-degree burns to her legs when two steaming cups of joe tumbled out of the carrier tray as she and a friend drove away from the Dunkin' Donuts parking lot on Forest Avenue.
Shea insists the coffee was too hot and the work- ers didn't fasten the lids tightly enough.
"The [drive-thru] girl had positioned them where they were in the same line [on the tray], they weren't cattycorner," said Shea, 60.
"Just as the car was about to stop, the coffee those lids couldn't have been on tight, no way in the world the coffee toppled over onto my leg, and right away I said, 'I'm dying, I'm dead!' "
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Time to take personal responsibility.
I wish i could get hot cup of coffee...
cant get that anywhere...
and this knucklhead get it and complains about it ...
i only wish i could find hot cup of coffee before i die
Time to clean the gene pool
At what point do these idiots assume the risk of carrying the hot coffee?
Im not so lucky to spill scalding coffee on myself.
When the person who gave it to them doesn't have enough money to be worth suing?
If she was driving, and her friend was in the passenger seat, where was the coffee tray? Did she have them on the armrest between them? Balanced on her lap? On the dashboard?
She should also sue the car manufacturer for its habit of stopping too fast, causing the coffee to spill recklessly. And her stupid friend for not holding onto the coffee or putting them in the cupholders. And the pantsuit designer for its nonexistant hot-coffee-resistant material. And her mother and father for having such an idiot.
Hey stupid...it's HOT COFFEE!
Gee! A time or two when it happened to me I just figured it was my own fault for being careless.
I was once hit by a car driver while bicycling, and while I have no claim against the driver or his insurance because I agreed to a settlement that simply replaced my damaged bicycle and paid for my medical treatment as well as two lost days from work, I may still have a claim against GM for not using Nerf bumpers on the cars they manufacture. I want my $10 million dollars from the lawsuit lottery--after all no one pays except the big evil corporation (oh yeah, and all their customers and shareholders, but I'll conveniently forget about that).
'I'm dying, I'm dead!', call my attorney Bernie, gimme 10 mill!
Some Golden Arches genius put a boiling cup of coffee in a paper bag with the cover not completely on. My mom was lucky that she was wearing sweat pants over her nurse aide uniform otherwise the second degree burn she got could have been worse. She still has the scar to this day. McDonald's is just lucky my mom isn't lawsuit happy and too busy working.
When I drive in my car with coffee, I always check the lids to make sure they are securely fastened before I take off.
Seriously, is it too much to ask of the public that they have a brain before they participate in life without supervision?????
Paging Jackie Chiles....
She is obviously a liar. She is claiming THIRD degree burns?
Third Degree Burns are areas of flesh blackened by intense heat. Beyond the Second degree burns that involves blistering there is third Degree Burns that can only be caused by temperatures FAR in excess of 212 degrees.
Worst case DD coffee was at 180, and that number is really suspect. No was is this a third degree burn case. It is only a third degree case.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Let me be on the jury. Please.
I just wish that sometime I would have the opportunity to serve a freakin' numbskull like this. I'd hand them a paper bag (no inner hot fluid container) just full of scalding hot coffee - and watch it tumble into their upper lap and burn the parts of the body that would keep them from doing those acts that could propagate this particular flaw.
Did she find a finger in the cup too?
Maybe she should have been wearing Dr. Scholl's Gel insoles. ;)
The lady from the infamous McDonald's coffee case suffered third degree burns over 6% of her body. At the time, McDonald's policy was to keep its coffee at 180 degrees (hotter than the fast food joint average).
I think experts in that case said that 150 was a good temperature at which coffee burns are minimized because the coffee cools fast enough on contact to avoid serious injury. Anyone keeping coffee hotter than that is endangering their customers.
I don't know much about this particular situation. Maybe the lady is a lying money-hungry crazyperson, I can't say. But it is entirely possible to be seriously injured by coffee burns from needlessly, stupidly hot coffee.
Her we go again. Those cardboard carriers were not meant to sit on the center console in a car...that's what the car cup holders are for.
Any idiot knows when you "peel away" they are going to end up on the floor...or your lap.
Note to stupid wench, coffee is hot.
I drink D&D's coffee every day and their warning labels say "caution contents may be very hot." They don't just say hot like McDonalds or 7-11, but VERY hot. That's a stern warning, that's a wagging your finger warning. She shoulda known better. If she gets any money out of this I'd be amazed. I hope she chokes on a teddy bear's eye just for laughs.
You're a DD fan. Ping
Staten Island. Nuff said.
I'm sorry, I must have missed the part of the story where the store clerk FORCED this person to drive away without securing the coffee FIRST--since she OBVIOUSLY knew the cups should have been 'cattycornered', d'oh!
No way she's getting a dime from DD. Now, if the clerk had poured the coffee into her lap from the window, maybe...but SHE DROVE AWAY. DD is not responsible for her once she leaves the premises, correct?
The whole suit is because of the McD coffee suit, but that suit had very specific circumstances surrounding it.
3rd degree burns are where your skin is charred from the flame. How exactly did a cup of coffee do this?
ping for later read...
I would love to see Ronald McDonald appear as a character witness.
OMG i will have to boycott the place at once, they serve coffee that is HOT!!
The coffee holder was on her lap. It sounds like she didn't hold it when the car pulled away. I don't know this lady's situation but with my mom, she got a phonecall from McDonald's. I'm sure they called because they're more afraid of her suing over the racist manager than hot coffee!
I like my coffer hot, not lukewarm. When I get McDonald's coffe, I have to ask them to microwave it. These stupid idiots are going to ruin things for the rest of us. Maybe companies such as D&D and McDonalds should have stupidity releases in which people hold them harmless for their own carelessness.
"Staten Island. Nuff said."
I wonder which of the many ambulance chasing law firms on Staten Island is going to take this case?
Apparently. People, especially Americans (oh, the irony), want a Whiffle Life on a Nerf Planet.
This is why I can't get a hot cup of coffee anywhere. We need to stop this crap.
The lady from that case purchased an item she had to reasonably assume was going to be served hot, and placed such item between her legs before removing the lid, an action she decided on without the slightest duress from any outside force, including McDonald's employees.
In short, her actions precipitated her injuries, which makes it 100% her fault, no matter what some brain dead fools sitting in a jury box thought.
Common sense would dictate that, yes, but you have to remember, it was that way for bartenders once.
The specific circumstances were ignored, though.
The specific circumstances surrounding the McD case were ignored because all anyone knows about the case is that an old lady got a bundle for spilling coffee on her lap. If this thing, by some miracle, goes to a jury then that's all jury will know, too.
I believe you are a troll and your purpose here is to make FreeRepublic look bad.
No rational person wishes to pour scalding water in the manner and for the purpose you suggest. You are a nut.
time to set a cap on all coffee dealers of 97 degrees for a cup of joe
This Dunkin' Donuts is in my neighborhood, and I've been there before. This story is very fishy, to say the least.
Another dolt from GuidoIsland. Probably works for the city, like most folks on the socially "conservative"/fiscally stupid/congenitally corrupt open air dump that is Richmond County. ;-)