2002-12-07 / Editorial/Opinion

Go Light On The McMoney

Go Light On The McMoney

Most of the people who turn to McDonald’s do so for the fast-food eatery’s burgers and fries. A growing number of people, however, want more from the massive company. They want the McMoney along with their food. You’ll remember the women who sued McDonald’s because she had a cup of hot coffee between her legs and, when she stopped short, she got burned. She wanted the McMoney and she got a chunk of it from a jury who did not look very closely at her culpability in the hot coffee caper. Now comes a couple of teenagers who are suing McDonald’s because the fast-food chain did not warn them of the health consequences that regular consumption of its food could cause. In other words, they ate lots of burgers and fries and got fat. Now, they want the McMoney because the firm did not tell them that eating too much could cause one to gain weight. What is this nation coming to? Everybody is a victim and everybody wants the McMoney to assuage their bruised egos as well as their bruised and, in this case, bloated bodies. This has gone too far, way too far. The woman who was burned should have known better than to put a hot cup of coffee between her legs while she drove her car. The teenagers had every right to understand what every person understands: you eat too much of anything, you get fat and fast food is generally not healthy food. Should McDonald’s have issued a warning that said, "Don’t put this hot coffee between your legs while driving?" Should there be signs in McDonald’s restaurants saying, "Don’t eat too much or you’ll become fat?" We don’t think that anybody with the exception of a tort lawyer would require those types of warnings. Meanwhile, our civil justice system has to get more realistic.Perhaps what we need is a ruling that a person who files a frivolous lawsuit such as this one would have to pay the person he or she sued the amount of the suit if the case was thrown out of court. If the teenagers who filed the suit had to pay McDonald’s that amount should they lose, the suit would probably have never been filed. Show me the McMoney cannot be the watchword for McDonald’s or for any other company that is doing a viable, reasonable business.

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