A man with a serious food allergy is suing McDonald's for £5m after he was given a cheeseburger instead of a hamburger. Jeremy Jackson... suffered a severe reaction to the cheese... and "was only moments from death" or serious injury by the time he reached the hospital.I can just imagine this. Jeremy goes into his local McDonald's and tells the person behind the counter five times that he can't eat cheese: "Give me a BURGER... but with no CHEESE... don't give me CHEESE... I can't eat a CHEESEBURGER, I have an allergy to CHEESE. So that's a BURGER, no CHEESE please."
Jackson, 20, from West Virginia, made it known to staff five times that he could not eat cheese because of his condition.
The McDonald's staff hear 'cheese' and 'burger' and that's what Jeremy is given. He would have done better not to mention the cheese thing at all. Or perhaps stick to the Chicken McNuggets.
Secondly, why would Jeremy go to the trouble to tell McDonald's five times that he can't eat cheese – five! – and then not check inside the burger just once to make sure there isn't any cheese?
But he's not the only one at fault. The story goes on to say:
Never mind what this says about the modern litigious society – what mum, knowing her son has a potentially fatal cheese allergy and having heard him mention this to McDonald's five times, doesn't remind him to check his burger for a stray cheese slice?
Jackson's mother and a friend are also named in the lawsuit and are claiming they could have been injured rushing him to hospital.