Despite what you might think from reading our posts here at Abnormal Use, not all McDonald’s litigation concerns hot coffee. As obsessed as we are with the subject, this revelation came as a bit of a surprise. It is shocking to learn that in the post-Stella Liebeck era any non-coffee related information could be considering newsworthy – especially for a distinguished legal blog. Thankfully, our eyes have been opened or else we would have missed out on these two incredible stories.
Back in July, an intoxicated Florida woman was arrested after blocking a McDonald’s drive-thru in search of free Big Macs for breakfast. According to the Consumerist, the woman pulled up to the drive-thru around 6:00 a.m. and demanded two free Big Macs as retribution for past discrepancies. After being told that Big Macs are not available for breakfast, the woman politely changed her demand to two free Egg McMuffins. Sounds reasonable. Unfortunately, McDonald’s balked at the idea of giving away free food and asked the woman to leave. She valiantly responded by blocking the drive-thru until police arrived. She was arrested for DUI and apparently taken to jail hungry.
Last week, a Georgia man called 9-1-1 after McDonald’s allegedly messed up his order. According to reports, the man entered the restaurant and ordered 7 McDoubles, a McChicken, and an order of fries to-go. When the man returned to his truck, he discovered that the employee placed not 7, but 6, McDoubles in the bag. He then re-entered the restaurant and apparently got some “attitude” from the employee rather than his AWOL burger. The man’s response? Call 9-1-1 and report that his burger had been swapped with a serving of ‘tude. The police were not fond of the man’s use of the emergency response system, arresting the man and having him spend a night in jail.
Even though these cases do not involve coffee, they share a common theme: Mess with McDonald’s and expect to make the news.