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Page 1 of Jayne's hand-written complaint on Google  (Source: Dylan Stephen Jayne)
Pennsylvania man sues Google founders for $5 billion over secret code in his social security number

Even with all the serious lawsuits surrounding Google every now and then there's still a case that seems just ... off. The latest suit against Google and its founders stems from a man who cared enough to handwrite all 23 pages of his complaint.

One Dylan Stephen Jayne of Pennsylvania filed suit against “Google Internet Search Engine Founders” in Pennsylvania Civil court, seeking the small amount of $5 billion dollars. Jayne claims that his safety is in jeopardy because of Google releasing personal information about him.

Jayne asserts that individuals looking to perform acts of terrorism could obtain his information from Google, making it more likely that he will be detained wrongfully in the future. Jayne’s statement of claim is that, “Dylan Steven Jayne, plaintiff, has a social security number that when the social security number is turned upside down in its entirety it is a scrambled code that does spell the name Google.”

Jayne goes on to state that the United States Department of Justice is heading the investigation into the allegations of crimes against humanity by the Google Search Engine founders and that he was illegally detained as a juvenile in the Milford, Pennsylvania County Court of Common Pleas. Jayne also claims, amongst other things, that he was placed in jail for two-years under misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

Luckily for Google, Jayne is willing to accept the first check in the amount of $250,000 and a second check for the remaining balance. 

Submitted for evidence, Jayne included virtually every piece of his private information; including his credit card, library card and bank overdraft statements.

At the time of publication, "Dylan Stephen Jayne" revealed no hits on Google.  "Dylan Jayne" revealed approximately 200 hits regarding this suit.  In time, Jayne's lawsuit may become a self-fullfilling prophecy -- documents from this case are quickly being circulated through the Internet.  While it may not consistute crimes against humanity, Jayne's personal information is quickly becoming everyone else's business.

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By 16nm on 9/25/2007 2:36:14 PM , Rating: 5
So. Coffee is supposed to be hot, 180F-190F. It's as simple as TAKING PRECAUTIONS NOT TO SPILL HOT COFFEE ON YOURSELF. Duh! It was her fault, not McDonald's.

When you are cooking food, do you take precautions not to burn yourself with the flame. Of course! Would you sue the manufacturer of your stove if you burnt yourself on it?

By TomZ on 9/25/07, Rating: -1
By TomZ on 9/25/2007 2:56:52 PM , Rating: 2
Doing some googling, I answered my own question. Coffee should be brewed at 175-190°F to extract the best flavors, however, is best drank at 145-160°F.

By mdogs444 on 9/25/2007 3:09:53 PM , Rating: 1
Not just brewed - but maintained. COffee needs to be maintained at a temperature of 180-190. Well, how much time in the "fast food" business do you have to take coffee off the burner adn then give it to a customer? Unless you pour it into a glassful of ice first, chances are its going to be as hot as the burner when you first get it.

By TheGreek on 9/25/2007 3:38:02 PM , Rating: 3

Liebeck was wearing cotton sweatpants; they absorbed the coffee and held it against her skin as she sat in the puddle of hot liquid for over 90 seconds, scalding her thighs, buttocks, and groin.[8] Liebeck was taken to the hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered third-degree burns on six percent of her skin and lesser burns over sixteen percent.[9] She remained in the hospital for eight days while she underwent skin grafting. Two years of treatment followed.

Other documents obtained from McDonald's showed that from 1982 to 1992 the company had received more than 700 reports of people burnt by McDonald's coffee to varying degrees of severity, and had settled claims arising from scalding injuries for more than $500,000.

This fact warrants a law suit:
Liebeck sought to settle with McDonald's for US$20,000 to cover her medical costs, which were $11,000, but the company offered only $800.

Not even enough to cover the skin grafts? Now the punitive award, based on coffee sales, is ridiculous. It's like saying a local street vendor that makes a thousand dollars a week is on the hook for far less in punitive damages simple because he makes less money in the first place.

The chairman of the department of mechanical engineering and bio-mechanical engineering at the University of Texas testified that this risk of harm is unacceptable, as did a widely recognized expert on burns, the editor in chief of the leading scholarly publication in the specialty, the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation;

And if all that wasn't reason enough:
Not only men and women, but also children and infants, have been burned by McDonald's scalding hot coffee, in some instances due to inadvertent spillage by McDonald's employees;

From 1982 to 1992, McDonald's coffee burned more than 700 people, many receiving severe burns to the genital area, perineum, inner thighs, and buttocks;

Now who exactly wouldn't sue if they had to get skin grafts on their private areas?

By 16nm on 9/25/2007 4:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
The point is that everybody knows that to make coffee requires boiling water. This is when common sense kicks in and says, "OK, listen here! We know that coffee is hotter than hell, so let's be extra careful not to spill it on ourselves."

There are so many things in life that require common sense. If we rewarded people for being dumbasses then all the corporations in the world would go bankrupt.

If she ordered an ICE COFFEE and McDonalds served her a HOT coffee and she then proceeded to burn herself with it then I do think McDonald's would be at fault. That's different.

It's all water under the bridge now, but I do wonder what she did with her reward.

By SandmanWN on 9/25/2007 5:40:37 PM , Rating: 3
It's all water under the bridge now, but I do wonder what she did with her reward.

Me thinks she bought a new crotch. :P

By TheGreek on 9/26/2007 10:06:57 AM , Rating: 3
That's not entirely correct, though it may seem so.

The law for negligence and such measures what's acceptable by what a reasonably prudent person would do, not the all or nothing extremism being offered in the views here. Most people would probably expect first degree burns from such an accident. Take a poll and see how many would expect 3rd degree burns.

Suppose a toddler holding the package had opened the coffee and burned themselves. Then what?

Suppose McD's found a new way to keep drinks cold longer, but if you spilled the contents you'd end up with severe frostbite. Yeah coffee is suppose to be hot, but not boiling in the cup. And if government officials had already ordered McDs to turn it down, then what?

And what of the 700 prior incidents? They don't count for anything towards corporate responsibility?

Seems people here love to make things far simpler than they really are and then believe they are being logical about it.

By rcc on 9/26/2007 12:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
What about the millions that haven't had problems and may even prefer the coffee hotter?

By TheGreek on 9/26/2007 1:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
I asked first, and my questions weren't designed to duck the real issues.

Please continue.

By airsickmoth on 9/26/2007 6:30:54 PM , Rating: 3
Last time I checked, I bought coffee to drink. I don't buy coffee and have a good time sitting around waiting for it to cool. I buy that coffee and I hate waiting to drink it. At the temperature at which is was served is unsafe for human consumption and is dangerous, as proven by the fact she got 3rd degree burns. If she had put it up to her lips and drank it, it would have burned her throat.

McDonald's claimed in their defense that they serve coffee that hot because people intend on consuming later when they get home or get to work. This was proven untrue during discovery in which McDonald's own market research shows that most people who buy coffee intend to consume it immediately in their car while they drive. If people want to drink coffee right away, why serve it too hot to drink at all? That shows McDonald's is negligent in their serving of coffee.

And the jury found the defendant to be 20% responsible for her own injuries, which is why the damages were 20% less than the $400,000 awarded. This isn't a murder case where people are 100% guilty or innocent. In cases of negligence both parties frequently contribute a % to the incident.

By 3kliksphilip on 9/25/2007 4:51:32 PM , Rating: 2
I work in Mcdonalds and so many people complain about cold coffee that it's unbelievable. You can't win. (Or more to the point, large businesses can't)

By TheGreek on 9/26/2007 10:17:15 AM , Rating: 2
I worked there as well years ago. A hamburger's supposed life span on the shelf was suppose to be about 7 minutes. If they were older than that they were suppose to be thrown out. And yet we sold burgers that were 30 minutes old and had become hockey pucks.

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