A Raleigh police officer is suing Starbucks for over $10,000 after hot coffee spilled on his lap. WRAL.com reports that Lieutenant Matthew Kohr says the lid popped off and "the cup folded in on itself," causing him third degree burns. It gets worse: "Kohr claims his injuries aggravated his Crohn's disease, and resulted in surgery to remove a portion of his intestine." Also, his wife says she lost a "source of emotional support, her social companion and her intimate partner."
Unlike a recent case against McDonald's in which a woman produced fake injury photos to extort the chain, it sounds like this was no joke. Part of Starbucks' defense? "The officer's medical records show that the officer healed within a few months of surgery." See guys, it's fine, he just needed a few months to heal from the removal of a portion of his intestine.
All things considered, Kohr is seeking a low sum for his trouble. A family in upstate New York recently won a $500,000 settlement from Denny's when their toddler was scalded by coffee. Most famously, Stella Liebeck was awarded nearly $3 million in 1992 for third degree burns suffered after her McDonald's coffee spilled in her lap. Judges decreed that the coffee at McDonald's was too hot, though Liebeck walked away with only $640,000 from the court case.