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Surrey student sues McDonald's over coffee spill

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Nansy Saad is suing McDonalds after allegedly receiving serious burns from coffee spilled on her by an attendant at the restaurant.

Last November, the Surrey resident was at the drive-thru at McDonald's at 64 Avenue and King George Boulevard ordering a coffee.

Saad says in her statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court on June 6 that the attendant failed to affix the lid properly on the cup.

In the process of handing her the coffee, the hot liquid spilled on her, burning her thighs, genitals and abdomen, according to the statement of claim.

The claim also asserts she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and body dysmorphic disorder (a mental condition that causes an obsession with body image or a disfigurement).

None of Saad's claims have been proven in court and McDonald's has yet to file a legal response.

The lawsuit is reminiscent of one launched by Stella Liebeck, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald's in 1992. She had initially requested a settlement of $20,000, but the restaurant refused, offering her $800.

She went to court, where it was determined the coffee was too hot (between 180 and 190 degrees Farenheit). She was awarded $160,000 in damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages.

Saad's statement of claim was filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on June 6.

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