McDonald’s: Customers Actually Sue for $5M Over Unwanted Cheese

Two McDonald’s customers are suing the fast food chain for $ 5 million

They are claiming injury. Because the double quarter pounder comes with cheese, essentially.

Do they have a point … or is this lawsuit insultingly absurd?

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Cynthia Kissner and Leonard Werner don’t like cheese on their double quarter pounders.

But, to be clear, this is not a case of people complaining about being served an undesired ingredient. Or of them being poisoned or pranked.

They are seeking class action status for their lawsuit, which was filed on May 8 in Fort Lauterdale.

(Yes, these people are in Florida. The adventures of Florida Man and Florida Woman continue)

According to the contents of the lawsuit, McDonald’s previously offered four different menu options for the quarter pounder.

Two of those options apparently came without cheese by default, and cost between 30 and 90 cents less.

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“At some point,” the lawsuit accuses, McDonald’s made a change to their menu.

They are no longer “separately displaying these products for purchase on menus, and currently lists the availability of Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.”

Right. McDonald’s has made a number of changes to its menu over the years. It’s pretty standard to overhaul things to add new items or simplify options.

If you are one of those who doesn’t want cheese on your double quarter pounder, you can simply say “no cheese,” right?

But Kissner and Werner say that this doesn’t take care of the problem.

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The issue, they say, is that the double quarter pounder’s price without cheese is too high.

“Customers have been forced, and continue to be overcharged for these products.”

How so?

“By being forced to pay for two slices of cheese, which they do not want, order, or receive, to be able to purchase their desired product.”

So it sounds like they are demanding that the price for the food product decrease when they request that cheese not be included.

And they assert that McDonald’s making this menu change is raking in the dough — unfairly.

“McDonald’s is being unjustly enriched by these practices because it receives payment for cheese it does not deliver to its customers.”

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According to The Miami Herald, Kissner and Werner believe that their class action suit for $ 5 million is justified because:

They “have suffered injury as a result of their purchases because they were overcharged, and were required to pay for cheese, which is not a component of either a Quarter Pounder or a Double Quarter Pounder, that they did not want and did not receive”

McDonald’s has replied:

“We do not believe the claims in this lawsuit have legal merit.”

Their statement continues:

“The advertised Quarter Pounder burger comes with cheese. We try to accommodate our customers’ requests by allowing them to customize their orders, such as a Quarter Pounder with no cheese.”

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There are many examples of real and valid lawsuits against major companies that are totally valid. Some actions by heartless corporations have ruined lives.

This … does not sound like one of them.

Remember, this is not about people being given cheese in their actual food when they did not want it. That would be different.

Is it not industry standard for almost all restaurants to keep the price for an item the same, regardless of what special requests a customer makes to remove an ingredient?

Take an ingredient off of a specialty pizza order from any restaurant — the price will stay the same. That’s how it works at every fast food restaurant.

The only thing that sets this apart is that McDonald’s once offered a dbuble quarter pounder without cheese.

We don’t know what a court will do with this, but we can say that we don’t know of any legal statute requiring a business to offer past menu items for all eternity.

Perhaps there will be a surprise twist or they’ll make a compelling case.

But so far, it sounds like this pair of Florida Persons are just embarrassing themselves.


Mother Apologizes After Her Young Son Wears Lewd McDonald’s Parody Shirt to School

The video that you are about to watch might be the best, and most adorably innocent, thing that you'll see all day.

An elementary school student wore what he thought at the time to be a McDonald's shirt. Honestly, he was probably just sleepy and grabbed a shirt that fit.

Unfortunately, the intensely lewd shirt was a parody … one that went right over his head.

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Texas mom Shelly McCullar was stunned after her son wore a shirt designed to parody the McDonald's logo in a deeply inappropriate manner.

Not only did she not realize that he wore it to school, but he didn't realize that it was anything but a McDonald's shirt.

Unfortunately, though the shirt does read "I'm lovin' it," which is McDonald's irritating slogan …

(Nothing against McDonald's, but they've never had a good slogan during my lifetime)

… It does not actually show the golden arches.

Instead, it shows the silhouette of a woman's spread legs. One might infer that the implied woman is wearing nothing save a pair of heels.

In other words, the shirt advertises sex with a woman.

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McCullar offers an apology — and an explanation.

"Once again, my sincere apologies to the teachers and staff at Travis Elementary. I promise from now on to monitor what my kids are wearing!"

Obviously, some parents go overboard when it comes to rigidly controlling what their children (who are people!) wear. But, in this case, this is not a shirt that should be worn by an elementary school student.

"I had no idea Anthony wore this to school!!"

Of course. Plenty of parents are busy. And if it's cold, you might never see their undershirt.

"Just to clarify, I would never let my kid wear something like this."

Few parents would.

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She explains how this came to pass.

"A friend had given me some hand me down clothes for Anthony."

Clearly, this boy is not the only one who didn't notice that the shirt was inappropriate.

"I haven’t had the chance to completely go through them. I will tonight though!!"

We're sure that she did.

"Through my embarrassment, I did [laugh my ass off]!!"

She finished that with a couple of tags:

"#ithoughtitwaslikemcdonslds #notthegoldenarches"

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Our favorite part about this story might be that … no one seemed to notice.

The boy didn't notice, because even if he thinks about girls in that context, he's just not old enough to immediately connect his shirt's logo to sex.

But it seems that no teacher noticed, either.

We live in a world where girls are sent home because their sleeves are too short, flaunting their sinful shoulders which will surely leave boys too enthralled to concentrate in class.

And yet … not one teacher commented on this boy's shirt.

There are two possible explanations.

The first is heuristics. It's how the human mind processes sensory information, valuing efficiency over accuracy. His shirt has the colors and general shape of a McDonald's logo, so it may register automatically as that to a teacher who has twenty-plus other students.

As the child says, "they thought it was like McDonald’s too."

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That said … it's also possible that a teacher noticed but was simply too embarrassed to call attention to it.

Teachers and administrators will absolutely do that. They'll see something that violates school policy but they'll make a judgment call to pretend that they didn't see it.

This child is clearly so innocent that he had no idea what he was wearing. A teacher didn't want to be the one to explain sex to a kid without his parent's permission.

Also, calling attention to it would mean that other students would be involved. There's no good solution there … except to pretend that you never noticed.

See Anthony's awkward, adorable explanation in the video:

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McDonald’s Flips Its Arches Upside Down for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women's Day!

If you've noticed a McDonald's sign where its famous golden arches are turned upside-down to form what looks like a yellow "W," no, it's not an elaborate prank.

McDonald's has simply chosen this as a symbolic gesture to celebrate International Women's Day.

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Obviously, the yellow "M" doesn't stand for "men" the other 364 days of the year.

But, as McDonald's announced via Twitter, they wanted to celebrate the role that women play in the world and in their company.

"Today, we flip our Golden Arches to celebrate the women who have chosen McDonald's to be a part of their story."

And here's a dazzling statistic that some may find surprising.

"In the U.S. we’re proud to share that 6 out of 10 restaurant managers are women."

Managers aren't the same as owners or board members, but that's not nothing, folks.

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Not all restaurants flipped their signs, but a number have.

(You can see some of those in the video below)

Apparently 100 different McDonald's restaurants have the upside-down "packaging, crew shirts and hats, and bag stuffers" to celebrate on Thursday.

Responses have varied, and the move is certainly getting a lot of attention and free publicity.

Some who aren't on social media might have forgotten that Thursday was International Women's Day at all if the story weren't getting so much buzz.

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Wendy Lewis, McDonald's Chief Diversity Officer, elaborated on the company's motives behind the gesture.

"In celebration of women everywhere, and for the first time in our brand history, we flipped our iconic arches for International Women's Day in honor of the extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere and especially in our restaurants."

She continues:

"From restaurant crew and management to our C-suite of senior leadership, women play invaluable roles at all levels, and together with our independent franchise owners, we're committed to their success."

That's … a very corporate-sounding message, but there's nothing wrong with that.

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Entertainingly, for copyright purposes, a lot of Japanese animation has, for years, featured characters attending unnamed fast food restaurants to eat burgers and fries.

These restaurants are represented by giant yellow "W" signs, clearly representative of McDonald's without directly infringing upon their trademark.

This ongoing workaround trope has led a number of anime fans to refer to such restaurants as "WacDonald's."

As a result, some people have joked on social media that anime McDonald's franchises had been celebrating International Women's Day for years.

Some on social media have joked that McDonald's now has grounds to sue "every anime ever made," though we don't know that the legal argument would hold up in court.

It is strongly unlikely that corporate leadership of McDonald's had this in mind when they decided on this gesture.

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Overall, responses have varied.

Some suggest that this symbolic move is "reductive," akin to offering pink things to "celebrate" women in an empty gesture that is almost insulting.

Some have pointed to the "W" signs as seeming like something out of a The Onion article.

And then some put the restaurant on blast, writing: "Instead of empty gestures like flipping your arches, how about improving working conditions for your women workers?"

Others, however, point out that International Women's Day is a holiday and that McDonald's putting up decorations is a nice reminder.

Take a look at this short video showing a few examples of the fast food franchise's transformed signs.

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