So a Philadelphia woman is claiming that she was hospitalized after drinking coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. The reason: an employee mistakenly placed sugar in her coffee instead of sweetener. The woman has filed a lawsuit over the incident, which reportedly occurred in 2009.
Maybe it’s me, but judging by what I’ve heard, this story seems to have more loop holes than a Charles Barkley golf swing. Stranger things have happened, but does this woman REALLY think a self-respecting judicial system will actually see this through?
Like us, you’re probably wondering how in the world this woman could ever win this case, so we’re gonna break it down. Take note that what you are about to read are rational judgments based on human beings with common sense. No doctors and/or lawyers were a factor in the following assessments. Let’s not kid ourselves: the afformentioned would only make this more complicated. Just look what lawyers have done with the NFL Lockout...........
For starters, I figured I’d ask someone I know who is well-versed on the dangers of improper sugar intake:
My diabetic father.
I asked him earlier what the likelihood was of ONE cup of coffee effecting the sugar level of a diabetic to the point of hospitalization.
“There are all levels of diabetes, just like peanut allergies. From one cup of coffee, this seems highly unlikely, but it would depend on her medical condition,” says Joe Sr.
“I have type two diabetes, but one cup of coffee won’t put me into a diabetic coma. Maybe five candy bars. She could have found out that they did what they did and then went crazy on sugar when she got home. But if someone is that sensitive to sugar, chances are they’re probably on some form of insulin.”
Thanks Big Joe! Of course, Big Joe is not a doctor, which brings the next factor into question.
Medical records: Need I say more? I probably should. But there will be a much better indication of the woman’s diabetic condition after her medical history is thoroughly looked over.
Again, maybe one cup of coffee completely set her off, but something just seems a little odd. After all, Seinfeld spoofed an entire episode on the Liebeck vs. McDonald’s restaurants case of 1992. Why you ask? Because that case, like this one, is ridiculous! In fact this case could make it's way into the top ten most ridiculous lawsuits of all time when it's all said and done.
Another issue that remains questionable is the process in which a Dunkin’ Donuts employee handles a placed order.
Now I’m not a coffee drinker, but back in my car dealership days, we would always take turns making Dunkin’ Donuts runs. As long as I can remember, the hired help never put the extras in the coffee, they always left that to you so the person whom you ordered the coffee for can add whatever sugar-sweetener-elixir he or she desires. Do they do this differently at this particular location?
So many questions, so little answers. Only time will tell if this woman is rewarded for her absurdity. We can only hope that Philly2Philly did our part to add some common sense to this delicate matter.
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