An outrageous new lawsuit against McDonald’s is making headlines after a California man sued the fast food chain for “mental anguish” because he only got one napkin with his meal. Webster Lucas is asking for $1.5 million in damages over the incident in the town of Pacoima, in which he claims the store manager rudely denied him more napkins for his meal. Lucas, an African-American man, also claims the store manager said something about “you people” after denying him the napkins.
He reportedly e-mailed the general manager to complain over the “undue mental anguish” he suffered after the incident, but said he was insulted by only being offered free burgers in return. It’s unclear if the lawsuit will actually make it court, but it’s highly likely that the judge would immediately throw it out.
McDonald’s has been receiving plenty of frivolous lawsuits from California lately. Last month, Paulette Carr sued the company after claiming she suffered physical burns when hot coffee was spilled on her at one of the restaurant chains. The suit alleges that “the lid for the hot coffee was negligently, carelessly and improperly placed on the coffee cup…resulting in the lid coming off the top of the coffee at the window, causing the hot coffee to spill onto the plantiff.” She is now seeking unspecified damages.
The case comes 20 years after Stella Leibeck was awarded $2.9 million in damages due to suffering burns on her leg from spilling a cup of McDonald’s coffee on herself. The verdict was later reduce to $640,000 and settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. However, the ruling was lampooned worldwide and advocates of legal reform used the case as part of their argument.