Dunkin' Donuts Sued Over Hot Cider Spill
Jennifer Fragoso sues NJ location, claims permanent scarring
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2014 11:07 AM CST
A coffee cut signed for a customer by Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., sits on a table at Dunkin' Donuts, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

(Newser) – This story will sound awfully similar to this one and this one: Dunkin' Donuts is getting burned with a hot coffee, er, cider lawsuit, after a New Jersey woman says the drink spilled in her lap, leaving her with second- and third-degree burns, the Star-Ledger reports. Jennifer Fragoso, 24, says she was sitting in her car in the Belleville, NJ, franchise's parking lot when the lid came off her hot apple cider and the beverage fell over.

Though she was treated at a local burn center, Fragoso says she now has permanent scarring on her thighs from the Sept. 2012 incident—and while she expected the cider to be hot, its "temperature exceeded reasonableness and posed a safety hazard," her lawyer told the New Jersey Law Journal, per the Star-Ledger.

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Carl in SC
Feb 25, 2014 8:48 AM CST
I get so tired of hearing of somebody suing a restaurant over spilling a hot beverage. Restaurants may have to have the patrons sign a waiver that they will not sue if THEY SPILL the hot coffee, tea, cider on themselves. Or perhaps serve lukewarm drinks. Other than that the restaurants will have to fill the cup, use strip of duct tape to seal it, then give to customer. I just don't get this mentality at all. They order HOT beverages to drink in the car and likely drink it while driving. I'm guilty of sipping coffee while driving, but I don't think of suing if I spill it on myself or the seats. How long before someone sues for freezing after spilling a iced drink in the car???
urgoingdown
Feb 22, 2014 10:26 PM CST
Frivolous lawsuits will not stop until the lawyers who bring them start being prosecuted and fined.
HANKHILL
Feb 22, 2014 5:44 PM CST
i once used dunkin donuts hot cider to heat up my car key! worked! used the rest of the gloop to melt the ice on the windshield!