Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/03/07

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Subject: [Leica] Off topic -- Stella Awards
From: pswango at (Phil Swango)
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:34:30 -0700

Steven Beckham wrote:
>*For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old
>Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the
>McDonald's in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee.**

>You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees
>while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing
>that, right?

Steven -- Stella was a neighbor of mine although I didn't know her
personally.  She wasn't driving -- her grandson had pulled over for her to
add cream to the coffee.  She initially asked only for $20,000 to cover her
medical expenses and time lost from work.  McDonald's refused her initial
request as well as several other attempts to settle out of court, ergo, the
lawsuit that made her famous.  The other side of her story can be seen

Of course I can't vouch for either version but it doesn't hurt to hear both
sides.  FWIW, people who knew her didn't think of her as a litigious gold

Phil Swango
307 Aliso Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

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