6 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

A generous helping of sprinkles, a suspicious brownie and four more strange lawsuits in the news

Surfeit of Sprinkles

No good deed goes unpunished. One McDonald’s employee learned that the hard way when she purportedly lost her job for putting extra sprinkles on a co-worker’s McFlurry. Sarah Finch says she added the generous helping of sprinkles after a fellow employee—who had purchased the dessert—asked Finch to “make it a nice one.” According to Finch, her supervisors subsequently fired her for “gross misconduct” and stealing food.

Intoxicated Inmates

The Coors Light made me do it? Five inmates at an Idaho prison have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against eight major beer and wine companies, claiming that alcohol contributed to their crimes and that the companies are to blame because they failed to warn consumers about the addictive nature of their products.

Shoddy Seating

Pot Prank

Salad Scuffle

Chuck E. Cheese’s: where a kid can be a kid and an adult can (allegedly) be stabbed by an angry waitress over a salad plate. LaNasia Randle and Aron Moten claim that they were eating at one of the restaurant’s Chicago locations when waitress Shardonnae Pruitt took away Moten’s plate, apparently because she believed he had not paid for the salad bar. During the ensuing altercation, Pruitt allegedly threw a napkin dispenser at Moten and stabbed LaNasia Randle three times.

Candy Clashes

Break me off a piece of that (trademarked) KitKat bar. Last week, the candy’s maker, Nestlé S.A., prevailed in a trademark lawsuit against competitor Cadbury, when trademark regulators in the U.K. ruled that Nestlé owns the rights to KitKat’s distinctive shape. The Swiss company had registered the candy’s four-bar shape in 2006, but Cadbury sought to invalidate the registration, arguing that shapes are too general to trademark.

Alanna Byrne

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