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Jan. 15th, 2003

We were discussing the idiot woman who successfully sued McDonalds for 2.9 million dollars. My dad grinned a smarmy grin and said:
"Stupid people get bigger awards because there is a law in western countries that one must be tried by a jury of their *peers*."

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wrin
Jan. 15th, 2003 06:58 pm (UTC)
So does that mean that the guy who kept hitting a chained dog until it bit him tried the dog's owner with a jury of dog-beaters?
donnaidh_sidhe
Jan. 23rd, 2003 08:27 pm (UTC)
That's not exactly the world's stupidest case, though; McDonald's keeps its coffee very, very hot (much hotter than you or I would keep it when brewing a pot) in order to keep the aroma fresh and pleasant, and I read somewhere ages ago that she received third-degree burns to her crotch when someone else knocked the cup over onto her, for which she was obliged to go to the hospital. As far as the suit goes, I'm ambivalent about it but leaning towards "she has a point", because no matter how much of an idiot you are, even if you dump the coffee straight out of the coffee onto your crotch, it shouldn't be hot enough for more than a mild scalding.
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