Suppose it works like this (and I'm not saying it does because I'm too lazy to research it, but I've heard this version):
McDonald's keeps their coffee at 180 degrees because it keeps longer. The FDA tells them it's dangerous to keep coffee that hot. It should be 160 degrees. McDonald's research tells them they will have to throw away thousands of dollars of coffee if they change to 160. So, they keep it at 180.
FDA returns for a later inspection. They tell McDonalds they needto keep coffee at no more than 160. McDonalds wants to save money so they keep it at 180. A lady buys the coffee and burns herself. FDA says, "We told you so." Lady files a lawsuit equivalent to two-day's revenue of McDonalds coffee sales. Jury (of idiots) agrees and awards $10,000,000 (or whatever the number is) to coffee-spilling lady. McDonalds raises all coffee prices $0.10 to cover.
Adds a different complexion to the story, doesn't it?
In reality, the judgment was reduced to only $640,000. The burns were so bad she had to spend 8 days in the hospital and have skin grafts to replace damaged skin. She originally asked McD's to pay for her doctor bills of $11,000. McD's refused and by the time the jury heard McD's reasons for keeping the coffee so much hotter than an average cup of coffee, the jury increased the verdict to about 2.9 million. The court reduced it to $640,000.
This reminds me of one time I was getting some reading done in Howe Hall and someone enters the stall next to mine. Soon his feet weren't visible anymore but he wasn't silent. It was like being in the stall next to Casper.
Originally Posted by im4cyclones
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