John Parker made a pit stop at a McDonald's drive-thru window. After wedging
his chocolate milkshake between his legs and putting his burger and fries
onto the seat next to him, he headed back onto the road. When Parker leaned
over to reach for his fries he inadvertently squeezed his legs together,
causing the cold shake to leap out of its cup and onto his lap. A stunned
Parker then plowed his car into the vehicle in front of him. William Bailey,
who was at the receiving end of Parker's mishap, was not sympathetic. He
sued Parker and McDonald's, claiming that the fast-food franchise neglected
to warn customers of the dangers of eating and driving.
The Verdict, Please . . .
The judge wasn't stirred, never mind shaken, by Bailey's claim. He
dismissed his suit; however, he also denied McDonald's request that Bailey
reimburse them for their $10,000 in attorney's fees. In the judges words,
Bailey was "creative and imaginative and shouldn't be penalized for that."
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