Forget Hot Coffee, Now Disney Is Sued For Severe Burns From Nacho Cheese

from the keep-it-cool,-yo dept

Perhaps no legal liability lawsuit brings out passionate arguments (on all sides) like the infamous McDonald's "hot coffee" lawsuit, in which McDonald's was sued and lost for providing a woman with coffee that was too hot (on appeal the case was eventually settled). Some feel that the case is the quintessential example of bogus lawsuits, while others suggest that the case actually had merits. Of course, given its high profile nature, there have been attempts here or there to replicate it in some form or another, and up next, we've apparently got a lawsuit against Disney for serving nacho cheese at Disney World that was too darn hot.

A San Diego couple, Michael and Maria Harris claim that their 4-year-old son Isaiah had his face burned from "scalding hot" nacho cheese served to them at Disney World. They appear to be claiming that Disney was negligent in making "no effort" to keep the nacho cheese at a reasonable temperature, and are claiming "permanent scarring, pain and suffering" to Isaiah from the burns, while the parents have suffered "emotional distress." Perhaps there's more to the case than is in the article linked above, but shouldn't parents be at least somewhat responsible for keeping things that are scalding hot from their children's faces?

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    TheStupidOne, 14 Feb 2011 @ 11:31am

    Come on People

    We're talking about food served at a children's park that apparently caused burns significant enough to take the child to the hospital. If I take my child to a children's park it should be a very reasonable assumption that the cheese served in nachos will not be so hot that it causes a serious burn. If it caused a burn like that on his face, what would it have done to his tongue?

    "but shouldn't parents be at least somewhat responsible for keeping things that are scalding hot from their children's faces?" ... Yes, if they have reason to believe it is scalding hot. When was the last time anyone here checked the temperature of the nacho cheese they were served at a concession stand? In my experience, the cheese is too cold if anything. So unless the parents were explicitly warned that the temperature of the cheese was extremely hot then I think they are justified.

    Now I'm of course assuming that the burn the child received really was serious and not just a minor burn that the parents are freaking out over. The pictures seem to suggest that, but you never can be sure. Also the judgement or settlement should be reasonable ... no million dollar awards here please.

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