Originally posted by AquaticYeah do some freakin research people. Look up WHERE it spilled. If it spilled there on YOU, YOU would be pissed too. In fact you might not be able to have children. Savvy?
The amount of damage and suffering is irrelevant before establishing who's responsible.
Personally, I think it's a twisted world where a shop is responsible for its product damaging customers when that product is exactly what the customers want to buy, including the quality that makes it more dangerous. People have preferred McD coffee over other alternatives because the hotter coffee is better for takeaway and/or is perceived to taste better.
I expect hot beverage to injure when spilled. People should watch out for it, regardless of its exact temperature.
Compare with top knife companies. A lot of people have never used a knife as sharp as they come in a factory box from Spyderco. If they slice half their finger off when trying out their new knife, is Spyderco guilty for not making knives dull enough to conform to some unwritten standard of mediocrity? Again, people know knives can cut, so a reasonable person would handle the knife with care, regardless of its exact sharpness.
Another parallel. My great-grandfather died of pneumonia he got immediately after getting hospitalized with near-lethal scalds. He forgot to add cold water before pouring a bucketful of boiling bathwater on himself. Who do you think my grandfather should have sued for his father's death? A boiler maker?