There are times when you are just unlucky. That is the case for many unhappy McDonald’s
customers over the years. There’s been many 911 calls, lawsuits and media reports.
We want to honor these people. They may have been brave fighters of insipid causes,
but that does not dismiss their attempts. And this list of common
folk battling McDonald’s in various, trivial ways.
A 911 McNugget emergency.
Florida woman Latreasa Goodman was furious when she ordered a 10-piece McNuggets, paid for them,
then was told they were out of McNuggets and refused a refund. Enraged, she called 911 three times
to help recover her money, despite employees apparently offering her a McDouble.
“This is an emergency,” Goodman told a Fort Pierce police dispatcher in one of the calls.
She was eventually received a warning for misusing 911. Meanwhile, McDonald’s offered
her a full refund and a free meal of her choosing.
One woman experienced a crunch and discovered a shard of glass inside.
According to Reuter’s, “Vjollca Lecaj said she suffered extreme and permanent oral injuries, as well as
‘great pain and anguish’ after biting into and chewing the glass.”
The cause of the glass shard found in the food? Apparently an overheated coffee pot that had exploded in the kitchen.
Vegetarians vs. Beefy McFries
Back in 2002, McDonald’s labeled it fries and hash browns as a vegetarian menu item. The fast-food chain had made a switch to using pure vegetable oil to fry their fries, removing the beef fat the previously cooked with.
But it was discovered McDonald’s wasn’t using what they have claimed. They were still including a form of beef flavoring for their fries. This raised some serious displeasure among the vegetarian and Hindu communities, the latter of which considers the cow a sacred animal.
The company eventually settled with the prosecutors and donated $10 million to Hindu and other groups.
Hey McDonald’s, Don’t Supersize me
The first lawsuit of its kind, Caesar Barber sued McDonald’s, Burger King,
Wendy’s, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He did it because their food was making them fat.
He sought damages for the medical conditions consuming their food had caused him,
including his obesity, diabetes, and both of his heart attacks.
“Those people in the advertisements don’t tell you what’s in the food,”
Barber told the Guardian. “It’s all fat, fat and more fat. Now I’m obese.
The fast-food industry has wrecked my life. They said 100% beef. I thought that meant it was good for you.”
His case was dismissed “without prejudice” back in 2003 and he didn’t re-file.