Someone needs to tell McDonald’s to take down the “Please think of some ridiculous reason to sue us” sign firmly planted on the grounds of its corporate headquarters. The fast food giant is back in the news after being sued by Chicago, Illinois woman, Anishi Spencer. According to a report from the Huffington Post, Spencer claims that in February 2012, her 2-year old and 3-year old sons discovered a used condom on the floor of the restaurant’s play area. At some point thereafter, the 2-year old allegedly coughed up a piece of the condom, and both boys required medical attention. The suit claims that McDonald’s failed to detect “deviant” activities on-site. On behalf of herself and her two boys, Spencer seeks at least $50,000 in damages.
Call us crazy, but we would have thought Spencer herself would have had some duty to supervise her own old children. Such duty should include stepping in to avoid condom interaction. This situation suggests one of two possibilities, neither of which are good for Spencer: 1) either Spencer was supervising and failed to take any measures to prevent her child from encountering the condom, or 2) she was not supervising at all and should share the blame. The only other explanation – the condom had nothing to do with McDonald’s at all.
Again, we have no way to verify Spencer’s claims or to attest to McDonald’s cleaning procedures. That being said, this case is simply another example of the need to gather all the facts before the judgment.