Lawsuits: Armless Woman Refused Service At McDonald's

A Rockford, IL woman with no arms is suing McDonald’s, claiming that employees refused to serve her food because she has no arms and was too “disgusting” to serve.

She says McDonald’s offered her a $10 gift certificate as compensation.

From WREX (emphasis ours):

Dawn Larson was born with Holt-Oram Syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes abnormalities in the hands, arms, and heart. Her tiny hands are about 6 inches from her shoulders, so she does most things with her feet.

Dawn says her disability’s never stopped her from leading a normal life. “I do everyday things like everyday people.” But on November 3rd, she says that changed. Larson pulled up to the McDonald’s drive through on Kishwaukee Street and ordered food for her and her sons. She drove to the first window, gave the cashier her credit card with her foot, and pulled up to get her food. Dawn says, “The first girl said, ‘Girl, you ain’t got no arms’ and the manager said she couldn’t hand me her food and she just kept sticking to the fact that I didn’t have no arms and she was disgusted by it. I had the right to eat my dinner and feed my kids and they took that away from me.”

Dawn complained to McDonald’s and says they offered her a $10 gift certificate in response to her complain. She’s now suing. “That’s saying McDonald’s condones and urges people to treat the handicapped that way. I don’t want that message to come across. I want to fight for my rights and my kids rights and have these things changed,” she says.

At what point did someone at McDonald’s read a complaint this awful and say, “Know what? Humiliated over a cheeseburger? $10 ought to do it.”

Rockford Woman Sues McDonald’s After Allegedly Being Denied Food [WREX via BoingBoing] (Thanks, gleenyc!)