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A gospel singer claims ingesting glass ruined her voice
A gospel singer is reportedly suing McDonald's after she claims she ate a piece of glass in a chicken sandwich in 2010, the New York Post reports.
Jacquelin Simpson, 52, filed suit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, saying she has since lost the ability to sing soprano since the incident three years ago. "Now when I sing, I have a hoarse, rattly voice," Simpson told the New York Post. "I still sing alto, but I can’t sing soprano like I used to."
Furthermore, Simpson claims the damage to her voice has also led to gender confusion over the phone. "I have to make a lot of calls for work, and I have to tell people that I’m not a man," Simpson said. "Before, that never happened."
Of course, this isn't the first time terrible things have been discovered in fast food; past incidents have included customers allegedly finding used condoms, feathers, and a mouse in their fast-food meals. We're not eating anything, ever again.
Gospel Singer Sues McDonald’s For Glass In Sandwich, Plus 5 Strangest Objects Found In Mickey D’s Food
A Brooklyn woman claims that her voice was irreparably damaged when she ingested a piece of glass while eating a McDonald's chicken sandwich.
In a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court Friday, Jacqueline Simpson said that her voice has been "hoarse" and "rattly" since eating a chicken sandwich at a McDonald's in Manhattan in 2010. Simpson is a local gospel singer and works as a clerk for the state attorney general's office.
"I have to make a lot of calls for work," said Simpson. "I have to tell people that I'm not a man. Before, that never happened."
In a statement to The Huffington Post, Paul Goodman, who operates multiple McDonald's restaurants in Manhattan said, "Rest assured that we take these matters very seriously. Providing safe food and beverages is a priority at my restaurant." Goodman went on to say that he is gathering facts and has begun an investigation into the matter.
What's more, Simpson is not the first customer to discover a distasteful surprise in her McDonald's food. Over the past 20 years, people who have dined at the fast food restaurant have put themselves at risk of more than just a growing waistline. Here is a list of the five strangest things customers have found, and occasionally eaten, in their McDonald's meals:
5. Condom: A Chicago-area toddler ate a used condom he found in a McDonald's play area. (No, it wasn't found in the food but the severity of the offense is worth a mention.)
4. Maggots: In 2011, an Australian man claimed that his Big Mac had 20 to 30 maggots crawling over the meat patties.
3. Nose Ring: Just last year, a Georgia woman found a nose ring in her four-year-old daughter's breakfast burrito.
2. Nail: A Swedish man chomped down a two-centimeter long nail in his McDonald's burger.
1. Dead Rat: Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Todd Haley's wife found a dead rat in her salad. halfway through eating it.
Singer Sues McDonald's for Ruining Her Voice
A gospel singer is suing McDonald's, after she allegedly bit into a piece of glass while eating a chicken sandwich served to her at a McDonald's in New York City.
Jacqueline Simpson is now claiming that her voice is ruined. She complains that she can't sing soprano like she used to, and that her voice has been rendered hoarse and rattly, which it didn't used to be. "I have to make a lot of calls for work, and I have to tell people that I'm not a man," Simpson told the New York Post.
McDonald's is no stranger to lawsuits. So how might this one fare?
Strict Product Liability.
Food-related injuries, like the one claimed by the singer who's suing McDonald's, are usually evaluated under the category of a product liability claim. There are several different kinds of product liability theories, but strict liability is the most common one.
Usually, product liability requires that the injured person prove a chain of factors: First, that the restaurant is responsible for the defective product and second, a determination of what kind of defect that is.
Strict liability, however, doesn't require Simpson to prove that McDonald's was actually negligent. Instead, she'd just have to show that if anyone were to be held responsible, it would be McDonald's.
Under the strict liability theory, this is because Mickey D's a business that sells chicken sandwiches regularly they should be held responsible if any product (or sandwich) leaving their facilities is defective. A piece of glass -- the size of a penny, according to Simpson's claim -- would certainly be construed as defective.
. Or Frivolous?
However, many crucial details are not known. Why did Simpson wait three years to sue? (In New York, product liability suits must be filed within three years of injury.) Did she actually swallow the glass, or just bite into it? The claim may need to be looked at more in depth to ensure that it isn't actually a frivolous lawsuit.
Is This The Longest NY Post Headline Ever?
The NY Post prides itself on its sex-obsessed cat lady columnists, its round-the-clock Alec Baldwin-baiting coverage, and most of all, its lurid, attention-grabbing, and sometimes often libelous headlines and front pages. The NY Post style has become so popular, they've even launched a tour bus based around it. But today, they may have broken their own formula with their longest, clunkiest headline ever: "Gospel singer suing McDonald's after she allegedly bit into piece of glass while eating chicken sandwich, which she claims ruined her voice."
The 22-word long headline is almost as long as the entire first graf, which spells out the same information—it only adds that it took place in Manhattan and singer Jacqueline Simpson is from Brooklyn. Simpson claims she bit into the piece of glass in May 2010 at a McDonald's on Broadway in the Financial District—now she has "a hoarse, rattly voice” and people mistake her for a man on the phone.
But just think of all the wasted opportunities the Post had for this headline. Below are but a few of our suggestions:
McDonald's, Chipotle now require patrons to wear face masks
McDonald's has been sued frequently in the past by customers with complaints about its products, with varying degrees of severity. A 79-year-old woman suffered third-degree burns when she spilled McDonald's coffee in her lap in 1994. In 2000, a Tennessee woman sued for $100,000, claiming her face was permanently scarred after a hot pickle from a hamburger fell onto her chin. In 2003, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit alleging food from McDonald's is responsible for making people obese. And in 2018, two McDonald's customers from Florida unsuccessfully sued the fast-food giant after they said they had to pay for cheese they didn't want on their Quarter Pounders.
EDITOR'S NOTE (Sept. 24, 2020, 5:09 p.m. EST): This article has been updated with a statement from McDonald's.
Maura Hohman is a Brooklyn-based weekend editor and reporter for TODAY Digital who joined the team early in the coronavirus pandemic. While she happily writes about a range of topics, from pop culture to politics, she has a special interest in in-depth health coverage, especially COVID-19 research, women's health and racial health disparities.
Diana Dasrath is an entertainment producer and senior reporter for NBC News covering all platforms.
McDonald's Is Being Sued By a Man Who Was Injured By a Chicken McNugget
McDonald's has been under fire quite a bit this year for various issues, however, the most recent event is unlike any other—a man in Florida is suing McDonald's for an injury he got while eating Chicken McNuggets.
Um, what? Yes, you read that correctly. Alexei Stolfat of Palm Beach, Florida filed a lawsuit against the iconic fast-food brand last week for an alleged injury he received from biting into a Chicken McNugget. Evidently, when Stolfat bit into a nugget from an order he got through Uber Eats in May, his teeth hit something hard. Then, as specified in his lawsuit, he felt "unbearable jaw pain." (Related: 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback)
So, what was it that Stolfat unexpectedly encountered in what, from the outside, seemed like a soft chicken nugget? It was none other than an 0.8 inch-long bone, which he photographed after removing it from his mouth. It wasn't until a few days after that he would go to the dentist, complaining of a headache and toothache, and discover he has two microcracks in the affected tooth.
Stolfat doesn't have dental insurance and he claims that it would take him a half of a year to cover the expenses associated with replacing his defunct tooth. Now, the interesting part of the story is that he isn't just suing McDonald's for the sum required to cover his dental bill. No, he is arguing that the company should pay him $1.1 million and is also demanding that all Chicken McNuggets be recalled. (Related: 8 Major Food Recalls You Need to Know About Right Now)
Apparently, Stolfat wants to use the rest of the money to donate to charity. "I'm not looking to be famous in this case or something like that," he told Today. "I want to help other people, to protect them and tell them to be very careful with McNuggets."
McDonald's responded to the claim in a statement shared with Today that said the company is "looking into the complaint."
Florida Man Sues McDonald&rsquos Over Dangerous McNugget Injury
As you might’ve recently heard, McDonald’s has recently (finally) introduced spicy chicken McNuggets to its menu. As part of the effort, they introduced “Spicesurance” to protect those who can’t handle the heat.
That insurance wouldn’t have prevented the McNuggets injury that Florida resident Alexei Stolfat suffered back in May. So instead, he’s suing the fast food megachain for $1.1 million.
As Today tells it, Stolfat and his wife got an order of McNuggets through Uber Eats. At some point during the meal, he bit down (apparently pretty hard) into a McNugget only to somehow find a 0.8-inch bone lodged in there. Making contact with it caused “unbearable jaw pain,” and things got so bad that Stolfat went to the dentist, who diagnosed him with two microcracks in his tooth. Given that he has no dental insurance, Stolfat alleged that it would take six months to get enough money together to pay to replace the tooth.
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Which brings us to the lawsuit. Stolfat’s $1.1 million suit alleges that there should be no bones in chicken McNuggets, given that McDonald’s claims on its website that they are made from “White Boneless Chicken.”
For their part McDonald’s is looking into the matter. “Providing safe, high quality food is always our top priority, and both our restaurants and our suppliers follow rigorous quality control standards,” a statement provided to Today reads. “We take these claims seriously and are looking into this complaint.”
Though the $1.1 million price tag probably seems frivolous, Stolfat claims to have noble intentions should he be awarded that total sum. After covering those dental expenses and keeping some for mental and emotional distress, Stolfat tells Today he plans to donate most of the money to charity.
“I’m not looking to be famous in this case or something like that,” he said. “I want to help other people, to protect them and tell them to be very careful with McNuggets.”
It’s a noble crusade, but probably not the most important cause at the moment. Still, maybe bite carefully the next time you eat some McNuggets just to be safe.
Singer Sues McDonald's Over Ruined Singing Voice
Jacqueline Simpson, a gospel singer from Brooklyn, has filed a lawsuit against McDonald's.
The artist says she swallowed a shard of glass inside a chicken sandwich at a location in lower Manhattan three years ago and the incident ruined her singing voice.
“Now when I sing, I have a hoarse, rattly voice,” Simpson told The New York Post. “I still sing alto, but I can’t sing soprano like I used to.”
The 52-year old works as a clerk for the state Attorney General’s Office and says the accident has also affected her job:
“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.”
McDonald's, of course, is no stranger to lawsuits.
Back in 1992, it paid $3 million to a woman because she spilled hot coffee on herself last year, meanwhile, a prostitute in Nevada blamed a franchise owner for pushing her into her the profession.
This Customer Certainly Did Not Order Anti-Semitism at Their Local McDonald's
It's been a big month for McDonald's drive-through customers. First, Florida-area McDonald's began testing wait-time bribery for customers who sat in the line for more an one minute, and now, in less positive news, a drive-through diner got a little bit of anti-Semitic history with their chicken sandwich.
Yes, seriously. According to Grubstreet, a North Carolina resident opened up her chicken sandwich to add some condiments, and instead, she found a butter swastika on the inside of the bun. Logically, she did what any modern-day person would do, and returned the offensive edible. She got a refund, but it didn't quite quell her shock, so she sent in photos to a local news station, which independently verified its validity.
The McDonald's franchise owner has apologized and has already fired the culprit.
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Woman Sues McDonald's Over Prepaid Debit Card
Natalie Gunshannon worked at the fast food franchise for less than a month and was outraged when she learned the company required employees to accept payment on a J.P. Morgan Chase payroll card.
The 27-year-old said that the card came with many fees including $1.50 for an ATM withdrawal, $5 for over-the-counter cash withdrawals, and $1 to check the balance.
"I'm looking for the pay I am owed and for them to understand there has to be an option," she said.
Gunshannon made just $7.44 an hour at McDonald's and could not afford to pay any extra fees to access her money. "I need to receive all the money I earn," she said. "I can't afford to lose even a few dollars per paycheck. I just think people should be paid fairly and not have to pay fees to get their wages."
Albert and Carol Mueller, the couple who own the McDonald's, declined to comment directly on the lawsuit but insisted that they care about their employees.
"We value our employees and everything they do for our organization," the couple said in a statement. "We are committed to providing them the best possible work environment so they can deliver the fast, reliable service that our customers expect."
Gunshannon isn't the only person who has filed a lawsuit against McDonald's. In May, a New York woman sued the franchise after she bit into a piece of glass while eating a chicken sandwich. Gospel singer Jacqueline Simpson claimed that the incident has ruined her voice.
"Now when I sing, I have a hoarse, rattly voice. I still sing alto, but I can't sing soprano like I used to," she said.