Gospel Singer Sues McDonald’s for Ruining her Voice

by Evette Dionne

McDonaldsMcDonald’s is having a turbulent 2013. There have been several lawsuits and complaints lodged against the corporation in recent months. The latest controversy involves a Brooklyn, New York gospel singer, her precious voice and a shard of glass.

Jacqueline Simpson, 52, has filed a suit against McDonald’s in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Simpson claims a large shard of glass was in a chicken sandwich she purchased from a Manhattan McDonald’s located near World Trade Center. In court documents Simpson alleges she bit the glass and it damaged her singing and speaking voice.

“Now when I sing, I have a hoarse, rattly voice,” she told the New York Post. “I still sing alto, but I can’t sing soprano like I used to.”

Simpson is also a clerk in the New York Attorney General’s Office. She claims the May 2010 incident impacts her ability to effectively perform her job.

“I have to make a lot of calls for work, and I have to tell people that I’m not a man,’’ she said. “Before, that never happened.”

McDonald’s also has other lawsuits and complaints potentially damaging its reputation.

Brazil fined the multi-billion dollar franchise for advertising unhealthy Happy Meals to children. Michigan’s Muslim populace received $700,000 in a settlement after members allege a McDonalds falsely advertised food preparation that violated Islam. Another suit alleges a four-year-old suffered second-degree burns after a cup of hot coffee burned her hand. The child and her grandmother are seeking $4 million in damages.

  • Amy

    “Another suit alleges a four-year-old suffered second-degree burns after a cup of hot coffee burned her hand. The child and her grandmother are seeking $4 million in damages.”

    Seriously? I mean, really? You’re too stupid to not let your 4-year-old handle your cup of coffee, and then expect to get $4 million as a reward?

    Only in America, man.

  • floyd

    I agree with Amy….. so grandma doesnt provide proper child care the kid gets hurt and its McDonalds fault, whats next someone isnt watching their 3 year old, it runs into the street, it gets ran over so by a ford p/u so they sue ford for building the car that hit it?

  • Cheri

    I agree with Amy & Floyd… the coffee cup says very clearly HOT this was a grandma at fault not McDonalds.
    As for the singers voice…hmm not sure about this one BUT I personally chew my food before I swallow and I’ve had to spit out small pieces of bone (not from McD’s food) to swallow a piece of glass big enough to damage/ruin your voice? hmmm

  • Alex

    This is why you chew sandwiches and dont swallow them hole. Jesus.

  • KDJW

    Please tell me this is a joke a grown woman, and a grandmother at that gives a child a cup of coffee to hold….SMH and McDonalds is to blame…who says wisdom comes with age?

  • mio mio

    definitely BS… and we the people ultimately pay for this.

  • KDJW

    Some people love to sue without owning up to their responsibility, I mean come on grandma….I thought wisdom was suppose to come with age how are you going to give a kid hot coffee to hold…..SMH

  • Chacha1

    McDonald’s has been getting sued for years. Some of the claims make sense (glass in food), and others (like the 4 year old with the hot coffee) do not. Except for the coffee I don’t really eat fast food anymore, but if I did, I’d definitely avoid McDonald’s.

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  • michelle

    utterly ridiculous. Okay you bit into glass, but who swallows class?

  • V

    So where are the receipts? I want to see the original medical notes that explains the glass was the reason for her voice change. People just go after McDonalds because its large corporation and they’re money hungry…

  • http://confessionsofacurvygirl.wordpress.com confessionsofacurvygirl

    Your coffee shouldn’t be hot enough to give you second degree burns. I’ve spilled hot coffee on myself all the time. I have never had to go to the hospital over it.

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    How does one BITE INTO glass or any other foreign object, then go on to swallow? the derpitude of it all.

  • Cocochanel31

    Does it say in the article that grandma gave the child coffee?
    While I don’t think Mcdonalds is responsible since coffee is supposed to be hot, I do know small children/grab/touch/drink things they have no business grabbing/touching/drinking in the blink of an eye

  • Chacha1

    She might be one of those who scarfs their food down without chewing thoroughly. If the glass was small enough, you could miss it until it was on its way down.

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    The article says that she BIT INTO IT, though. She didn’t miss it.

  • Amy

    Childrens’ skin is more sensitive, so if it was really just freshly brewed and s/he spilled it over her/his hand immediately after, I guess it’s possible.

  • CR

    The vocal cords are part of the respiratory system and protected from any food item (or non-food item in this case) that is swallowed. So unless she went to the hospital to get glass removed from her lungs, it is not likely that the vocal cords were damage by anything she ate.

  • keith

    people are lazy and dont want to earn their own living so they sue for any stupid reason.

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