She's not loving it! A Brooklyn gospel singer is singing the blues after reportedly biting into a piece of glass while eating a chicken sandwich from McDonald's.
A trip to the fast food chain left Jacqueline Simpson, 52, singing a sad song after purchasing a sandwich near the World Trade Center in May 2010. Three years later, the singer wants the fast dining super-house to feel her pain by filing a lawsuit for an undisclosed amount for ruining her potential singing career.
Simpson claims that she bit into a glass shard that was "bigger than a penny" and that she swallowed it, causing permanent damage to her vocal cords. Of the damage, she tells the New York Post, "Now when I sing, I have a hoarse, rattly voice. I still sing alto, but I can't sing soprano like I used to."
Not only has it impacted her dream to become a professional gospel singer, but the incident has had a lasting impact on her day job as a clerk for the State Attorney General's Office. She adds, "I have to make a lot of calls for work, and I have to tell people that I'm not a man. Before, that never happened."
The fast food industry is no stranger to oddball lawsuits. Here are some of the most ridiculous fast food lawsuits to date:
Costly Coffee: Most folks would expect their cup of hot coffee in the morning to be, well, HOT. The heat of the drink came as a surprise to an elderly New Mexico woman back in the early nineties, who sued the fast food chain after she spilled the hot beverage on herself. Despite being universally ridiculed (including a parody on "Seinfeld" in which Kramer scalded himself with hot coffee), the lady in question initially won a $2.86 million award by the jury. The amount was later reduced to $640,000 by the judge. The case was the inspiration for the Stella Awards, which are now given annually to people who file outrageous and frivolous lawsuits.
Beefy Blunder: Taco Bell found itself in some serious hot sauce in 2011 when an Alabama-based law firm filed a class action lawsuit, claiming that their beef tacos and burritos were filled with non-beef "beef seasoning." They sought to force the taco chain to stop calling the meat "beef," claiming it was a meat mixture that did not meet the federal requirements to be labeled beef. The company refuted the claims by embarking on an aggressive media campaign that cost the brand an estimated $3-4 million. The firm withdrew the lawsuit a few months later, and the fast food chain demanded a public apology.
Pointing the Finger: It was a case of pointing the missing finger at the wrong party when a woman filed a lawsuit against Wendy's in 2005 after reportedly finding a fingertip in her bowl of chili. The only problem was that the woman had planted the finger in her order herself. She had allegedly purchased the fingertip from a friend who had lost it in an industrial accident for a whopping $100. Upon feeling the heat from the press, the woman dropped the claim, but not before catching the attention of the police. The would-be litigant was charged with felony attempted grand theft and was sentenced to nine years in prison.