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Blind Man Sues McDonalds Because He Can’t Use Drive-Thru
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A McDonald’s storefront. Photo courtesy of Food Beast.

Summary: A blind man is suing McDonalds for discrimination.

Scott Magee wanted McDonald’s food late one evening in August of 2015, but he was dismayed to find the lobby was closed. The blind man then moseyed over to the drive-thru of the Metairie, Louisiana location; and he said he was denied service for walking up. In his subsequent lawsuit, he said they “laughed and told him to go away.”


Eater reports that Magee filed a lawsuit against McDonalds, accusing the fast food chain of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. He said that they prevent visually impaired people from using the drive-thru late at night. and that it was unfair that it did not take walk-ups. He said their policy thus forced blind people to have to be escorted by a friend or to take a cab.

Magee’s lawsuit said McDonald’s “provides accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges and services to customers that contain access barriers. These barriers deny full and equal access to Plaintiff, who would otherwise be able to fully and equally enjoy the benefits and services of McDonald’s restaurants.”

The lawsuit, which was filed May 26, said that McDonald’s is accessible to the general public late at night but not to blind people wanting its products.

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A spokesperson for McDonald’s stated that they could not comment on impending litigation. However, it is well known that the company is no stranger to lawsuits. In February, they were sued for $5 million over their mozzarella sticks when a man claimed that they were not 100% mozzarella but instead made of fillers. And let’s not forget when McDonald’s famously lost a multi-million lawsuit after a woman alleged her coffee was too hot.

Do you think this is a frivolous lawsuit or does Magee have a good point? Let us know in the comments below.



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