10.23.2013

Spilled Hot Coffee at McDonalds...And The Real Story

Documentary about McDonalds and the 

The elderly woman who became a punchline had 16% of her body covered in burns and McDonalds had ignored 700 earlier complaints about excessively hot drinks

  • Stella Liebeck was 79-years-old in 1992 when she was in her grandson's parked car and spilled coffee on her lap
  • She stayed in the hospital for a week while doctors treated her third-degree burns and they feared she would not survive
  • A jury eventually awarded her $2.9million and the case gained national attention- even though the final sum she was paid is still unknown
  • Her lawyers argued that McDonalds had to lower the temperature of their coffee from their standard 180 to 190 degree setting
By Meghan Keneally
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Overlooked details in the infamous lawsuit that won an elderly woman was awarded $2.86million after spilling a cup of scalding McDonalds coffee on herself have been revealed in a re-examination of the case.
Stella Liebeck's lawsuit was turned into a punch-line as many news outlets overlooked the critical facts of the case including the nearly 700 other complaints that McDonalds had received about their hot coffee.
A new video produced by Retro Reports shows the graphic photos of the third-degree burns that then-79-year-old Liebeck received on her groin, saying that after viewing the physical damage that she underwent they decided to give her a hefty sum. 

Victim: Stella Liebeck was 79-years-old when she suffered third-degree burns to her groin after spilling a cup of scalding coffee on herself while sitting in a parked car