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October 05, 2007

Woman Ordered By Man Posing As Police Officer To Strip, Perform Sex Acts Awarded $1.6 Million In Lawsuit Against McDonald's

Here's the story.

If that headline seems confusing, well, the whole story is. As Ynigo Montoya said, "Let me explain-- no, there is no time. Let me sum up."

A guy made a lot of hoax calls to McDonald's restaurants (and some other fast food places) claiming to be a police officer investigating female employees for crimes. In the course of his over-the-phone investigation, he would demand the female victims strip, be strip searched by managers and such, and sometimes -- as in this case -- even perform sex acts on a male member of the staff. Or a staffers's male member. An old post about it is here, linking to an ABCNews report here (video in the sidebar down a bit under "Most Viewed,: seems to still be working).

The story is half horrifying -- because this woman really was violated -- and half, well, amusing, because how the hell do you figure a police officer can order you to perform a sex act on a random guy in the course of an investigation?, and half legally interesting, because there's an open question as to whether the staffers at McDonald's, or McDonald's itself, should have liability for any of this. Yes, they were accomplices, effectively, but unwitting accomplices, and just as stupid and snookered by the hoax-caller as this woman was.

Anyway, she won her suit.

I wrote this Content warning parody of the case a while back: CSI: McDonald's.

Thanks to Sgt. Seavey.


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