Customer Lawsuit Blames Dunkin’ Donuts For Burns From Hot Apple Cider Spill

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In the kind of story about fast food liquids we have never, ever heard before, a Dunkin’ Donuts customer is suing a franchisee and the company claiming she was badly burned after hot apple cider from the chain spilled on her.

The Star-Ledger cites a report (paywall) that says a 24-year-old New Jersey woman says back in September 2012, she was sitting in her car in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot after purchasing the cider. That’s when the lid allegedly came loose and the drink spilled.

She says she has permanent scarring on her thighs as a result of the incident, despite the fact that she was treated at a special burn center. Her lawsuit says she might still need more surgery.

And while yes, one can probably expect that the “hot” drink they ordered will be hot, her lawyer says the “temperature exceeded reasonableness and posed a safety hazard.”

I was just kidding about never hearing about this before, considering a similar lawsuit going on against McDonald’s right now, not to mention a slew of other recent cases and of course, the Hot Liquid Incident that started them all back in 1992.

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NJ woman sues Dunkin’ Donuts after getting burned when hot cider spilled [The Star-Ledger]

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  1. dullard8 says:

    When are we going to be responsible for our own conduct? It’s not always someone else’s fault.

    • CzarChasm says:

      Well, it does depend a bit on how hot is hot. It the (in) famous McDonalds case, McDonalds own lawyers warned that the coffee was too hot before the incident even happened.

      Hot drinks are normally served at between 140 and 185 degrees. In the Mc Donalds case, it was being served at well over 200 degrees. Hot drinks are not “drinkable” until around 175 degrees, and can cause burns at temperatures of less than that. Assuming that the drinks that were served these people were served at or around 185 degrees, these lawsuits are going nowhere. If however they were served at significantly higher temps, than maybe the lawsuits are valid.

      • EducationalGeek says:

        No it doesn’t. If you’re dumb enough to drink something hot in a car that you know is hot in a cup that can spill then you don’t deserve any sympathy. These kinds of suits only show how screwed up our justice system is. A judge should throw it out and scold the person for not having common sense in the first place. As dullard8 said, people need to start taking responsibility for their stupid actions. Anything over 105 degrees is too hot for your outer skin but you think 175 is ok to put on the inside? This is just stupidity on your part as well.

        • PhillyDom says:

          You’re only proving you don’t know what you’re talking about. In the McDonald’s case, the woman required skin grafts for third-degree burns. Coffee is not supposed to be that hot.