Friday, October 25, 2013 3:08:33 PM
I guess I'm probably gonna get trolled for this, but I watched this in the hopes they would provide additional information that would change my mind but they didn`t. So, she wasn`t driving. she. spilled. coffee. on. herself.
Friday, October 25, 2013 8:32:41 AM
And the temperature the court set it too would still cause burns. Necrosis of the epidermal layer due to heat (A.K.A burning) starts when the temperature of the epidermal cells reaches 44 degrees celsius, that's 111.4 degrees fahrenheit. It is still very possible to create the same kind of burns at 140 degrees fahrenheit, it would just require the coffee be held to the skin for a longer duration or simply a larger cup of coffee to be emptied.
140 degree coffee can actually still cause sever burns in under only 3 seconds! link
Unless you eat only room temperature food you will always have a chance of burns, and the larger the population eating the food, then the higher the chances of a freak accident.
Friday, October 25, 2013 8:03:51 AM
"Then there were exemplary damages because McDonalds had received a sh*tload of complaints about similar issues but refused to change it."
There were a poo load of complaints because their were a much bigger poo load of customers. They said 700 people over 9 years complained, thats 77 people per year out of 68,000,000 they serve per day. They say at 4:12 that the statistic is a single person burns themself out of every 24000000 people. As I said before you have better odds of being hit by lightning twice (1/9000000).
That is statistically irrelevant! Your odds for the airplane you're on, falling out of the sky and crashing causing your DEATH, not just being injured, are 1 in 11 million! But we all consider that exceptionally safe. In fact it is the safest mode of transport. You dying in a car crash is only 1/5000.
Friday, October 25, 2013 8:03:37 AM
"You cannot honestly say something intended to go in the mouth should be served at a temp that causes those kinds of burns."
Your statement is based on a misconception. Temperature is a measure of the activity per molecule. So if have less of an amount, you don't have as many molecules, there`s not much heat even if the temperature of the individual molecule is high. This is why you can be struck by a tiny ember from a fire without being burned. When you sip coffee, you sip it not chug it. When you are taking in just a little sip at a time, the molecules can spread out and is cooled quickly by the coolness of your saliva and mouth. When she spilled the coffee, all the heat from the coffee in the cup was applied to her lap all at once and then held there by the sweatpants.
Thats why people naturally take small bites from hot food.
Friday, October 25, 2013 8:03:22 AM
@aisehino: "The issue isn't that she spilled it. It was that coffee should not be served at a scalding temperature."
Coffee should be and is recommended to be brewed at a temperature of 195-205 degrees F and served at 180-185 degrees. link If your talking about a hot food like pizza, the serving temperature is usually 200-400 degrees.