A woman has sued Starbucks for serving “unreasonably hot” tea, causing her second degree burns. Reuters has the article which includes reader comments. All of the commentators are rushing to judgment, claiming either the woman is pond scum (95%) or that Starbucks was “clearly negligent.” Adding to the fun, the Plaintiff does not have a European name. So we get bonus racism and xenophobia in addition to the inaccurate conclusions of law. It is a win-win situation for all.
The immediate rush to judgment (people, didn’t Johnnie Cochran teach us anything?) and people’s abilities to make breathtaking leaps of logic/faith with absolutely no evidence is always disconcerting.