The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld on Tuesday a lower court’s dismissal of a $3 million lawsuit brought by Rachel Moltner against the world’s largest coffee chain.
Moltner was 76 in February 2008 when she burned herself at a Starbucks coffee shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The Weekly Argus Says:
Good for Starbucks. If you ask me, though, simply winning the lawsuit isn’t enough. People who waste other people’s time with ridiculous lawsuits like this shouldn’t even get a chance to have their day in court–they should just be fined on the spot for making such an outrageous suggestion.
The truth is people who file lawsuits like this are selfish. They think nobody’s time matters except their own. They don’t care that they’re wasting the time of judges, lawyers, and worst of all, they’re wasting my time for making me write about them! And unlike the judges and lawyers, I’m not even getting paid for it! It almost makes me angry enough to sue someone for “emotional damages.”
Besides being selfish, these people are apparently unaware of basic laws like gravity. If you go on to read the story, you’ll find that one of the reasons this lady sued was because Starbucks never told her that her tea could spill. Now, while I think some warning labels are completely laughable, they are sometimes helpful. For instance, knowing that I can’t use my lawnmower to trim my hedges has, on more than one occasion, prevented me from killing two birds with one stone. But I can’t think how many time’s I’ve spilled my drink and thought “what just happened? Why are my jeans suddenly wet after I turned this cup of soda upside down over my lap?” I, like Rachel Moltner, believe that all cups should come with a warning label that informs people that its contents, while still inside a spherical object, still obey the laws of gravity. I think it would prevent quite a few messes.
And if you don’t agree with me, you’re an ablutophobic ponophobe.