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Old 10-27-06, 08:59 AM   #1
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Fast Food Mystery Meat

I love these comments on the Dallas coach sueing McDonalds. What are bicycling friends for if not to entertain?

Edit: These comments sent to me in an email from Mary. Last name withheld to protect from the McDonald's lovers bashing.

I sometimes pick up a burger at McD's, too, but I realize the wisdom of performing an exorcism over it before attempting to eat it.

I think that it should be a law that anyone eating at McDonalds waives any rights, and is knowingly putting themselves at risk for coffee burns, mystery meat, etc. It's just common sense. It's McDonalds, for crying out loud! If you eat there, you deserve what you get.

The women became violently ill! What... they threw up? The sight of a dead rat gave them long-lasting physical injuries? I'd like to know how. Just a couple of wimps. McDonalds could "make it right" by not charging them for the salad.

And this part for Stacey: I hear that rats make excellent pets, as opposed to cats.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/4291272.html

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Old 10-27-06, 09:07 AM   #2
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I dont know that I agree on how much money they are seeking for this but however, I wouldnt be so quick to say, too bad now move on.
Im in the food industrie and you HAVE an obligation to make sure all food are safe from any kind of contamination or spoilage, never mind a rat!!!
Someone was very very lax in his job if this case is real and should pay a price for exposing anyone to the chance of getting ill..
Im not quick on beleiving everything here just because so many people have made false accusations to get a quick buck, remember not too long the finger found in the chilli? which turned out being quite an hoax. But if this one is true, yes I do think Mc.Donald's should be held responsable.
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Old 10-27-06, 09:08 AM   #3
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Hey, I was tempted to throw up watching Drew Bledsoe being made to look like an amateur against the Giants. Can I sue, too?
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I dont know that I agree on how much money they are seeking for this but however, I wouldnt be so quick to say, too bad now move on.
Im in the food industrie and you HAVE an obligation to make sure all food are safe from any kind of contamination or spoilage, never mind a rat!!!
Someone was very very lax in his job if this case is real and should pay a price for exposing anyone to the chance of getting ill..
Im not quick on beleiving everything here just because so many people have made false accusations to get a quick buck, remember not too long the finger found in the chilli? which turned out being quite an hoax. But if this one is true, yes I do think Mc.Donald's should be held responsable.

Agreed. And bear in mind that the figure stated by a lawsuit has very little bearing on what the actual damages sought really are. I know that doesn't make it much more palatable to those who aren't fairly intimately familiar with litigation, but it's so.

In Texas, a plaintiff can be required to state a maximum amount of damages sought by a lawsuit or risk having the case thrown out. Also, if you state a low figure, you're basically stuck with it. The prior pleading can be used to impeach you in any subsequent effort to raise the amount you seek. As a result, you always start high. It's essentially a beginning bargaining position.

So, is this case worth $1.7 million? Of course, it's not. Nowhere even close to that. However, the fact that it's a big corporation makes a difference when you start looking at possible exemplary damages. Also, the mere fact of a rat being in the restaurant (thus suggesting ineffective rodent control measures) likely runs afoul of city codes, so you've got a virtual lock on per se negligence. It's a difficult but not impossible burden to boost that up to gross negligence or even a species of willful blindness (and thus intent) which would bring you into the exemplary damages sphere.

In short, I still think asking $1.7 million is too much (particularly given the caps that exist on exemplary damages in Texas), but I can certainly understand why a plaintiff's lawyer would ask for it.
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I dont know that I agree on how much money they are seeking for this but however, I wouldnt be so quick to say, too bad now move on.
Im in the food industrie and you HAVE an obligation to make sure all food are safe from any kind of contamination or spoilage, never mind a rat!!!
Someone was very very lax in his job if this case is real and should pay a price for exposing anyone to the chance of getting ill..
Im not quick on beleiving everything here just because so many people have made false accusations to get a quick buck, remember not too long the finger found in the chilli? which turned out being quite an hoax. But if this one is true, yes I do think Mc.Donald's should be held responsable.
I agree with the responsibility part, but the viewpoints are totally funny.
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Old 10-27-06, 09:36 AM   #6
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humm.. agree with you guys.
One thing that left me wondering is the chance of actually having rats on premisses, the healt state baord does many unannounced visit to make sure of the clealiness of establisments, hard to think they would of misses the presence of rats.
I dont trust people too easily with thier law suits, just a month ago, we had someone call in threathning with a law suit because she said that the turkey she had ate in our establisment made her violantly sick and was rushed to a hospital. First off, how do you prove it is the turkey and nothing else she ate? nearly impossible and how can 600 people eat at the same place and not one got sick.
After some investigation, it turned out that her two children who were not present had come down with a stomach bug that she caught. some people are very quick to point fingers in the wrong direction or make false accusations for a quick buck.
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Too many are not willing to take responsibility for their own actions. They would rather blame someone else, like suing McDonalds for making them fat.
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I'll have a Tijuana Hot Dog over a McDonadls Burger anytime!
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I bet it was a disgruntled employee that put the rat in the salad... The salads are kept in the fridge and even if there was a rat crawling around on the floor, without human assistance, there's no way it's gonna crawl into salad container and seal it back up afterwards...
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Old 10-27-06, 11:38 AM   #10
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Agreed. And bear in mind that the figure stated by a lawsuit has very little bearing on what the actual damages sought really are. I know that doesn't make it much more palatable to those who aren't fairly intimately familiar with litigation, but it's so.

In Texas, a plaintiff can be required to state a maximum amount of damages sought by a lawsuit or risk having the case thrown out. Also, if you state a low figure, you're basically stuck with it. The prior pleading can be used to impeach you in any subsequent effort to raise the amount you seek. As a result, you always start high. It's essentially a beginning bargaining position.

So, is this case worth $1.7 million? Of course, it's not. Nowhere even close to that. However, the fact that it's a big corporation makes a difference when you start looking at possible exemplary damages. Also, the mere fact of a rat being in the restaurant (thus suggesting ineffective rodent control measures) likely runs afoul of city codes, so you've got a virtual lock on per se negligence. It's a difficult but not impossible burden to boost that up to gross negligence or even a species of willful blindness (and thus intent) which would bring you into the exemplary damages sphere.

In short, I still think asking $1.7 million is too much (particularly given the caps that exist on exemplary damages in Texas), but I can certainly understand why a plaintiff's lawyer would ask for it.
You must be a Tort Lawyer? (Not a bad thing, just askin'! I might need to refer you a client or two sometime!)
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Was it one of the meeses...

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As far as I can research, Micky Ds buys the salads precut to avoid hand contact and employees using knives.

Quote from fresh cut magazine:
Fresh-cut plays a key role in food safety at the store level. The fewer hands or tools that touch a product, the less chance there is for contamination. Lepine said the company tries to avoid using knives and focuses instead on products that are ready to use. At the store level, not much preparation is required, except for the spring mix salads that require employees to blend the ingredients.
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So the salads come from some other supplier? Or is there a McD's central processing plant someplace that makes all these salads? I still say it's an inside job, there's a mole in the operation...
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You must be a Tort Lawyer? (Not a bad thing, just askin'! I might need to refer you a client or two sometime!)
Guilty as charged. Though I also do layer cakes, pies, and the occasional fruit tart. *rimshot*
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Guilty as charged. Though I also do layer cakes, pies, and the occasional fruit tart. *rimshot*
Cool, I clearinghouse info sometimes for people looking for lawyers...Insurance issues (Denial of service) and bariatric surgery. Do you like tearing insurance companies new anal orifices?
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$1.7 million for a dead rat. Damn...that's easier than winning the lottery. Probably cheaper than a ticket, too.
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lol that mcdonalds in 2 miles from my house. In fact ive rode in their parking lot 2 months ago.
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$1.7 million for a dead rat. Damn...that's easier than winning the lottery. Probably cheaper than a ticket, too.
I betcha the coach is gonna split the proceeds with his inside connection. Who wants to make a bet that one of his players works for or is somehow connected with McD???
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I betcha the coach is gonna split the proceeds with his inside connection. Who wants to make a bet that one of his players works for or is somehow connected with McD???
I'll bet you a salad!!!
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I'll bet you a salad!!!
Sure, but the loser has to eat the salad.

I once found a bug crawling around inside a salad I bought at Wendy's. I took it back to the counter and showed the manager on duty. Her first comment was, "Are you sure it didn't fall from the ceiling?" Since the salad was sitting directly in front of me the entire time the container was opened, I'm pretty sure that wasn't the case. In retrospect, I should have asked if they had problems with bugs in the ceiling.

I probably could have gotten some money from them, if nothing more than just an out of court settlement to make the problem go away. Afterall, as the song lyric goes, "A man with a briefcase can steal more money than any man with a gun." However, I'm not a malicious gold digger, so I was happy with a new bug-free salad.
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I was at a nice restarant a few years ago, and saw some peculiar wasp/beetle long bug that was red and black. That was good slad too
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