Woman Sues McDonald’s After She Says an Advertisement Caused Her To Break Her Fast

by Courtney Blackann

McDonald’s has seen its fair share of lawsuits. The mega corporation is no stranger to outlandish claims by its consumers. The notorious hot coffee incident became a hotbed of discussion over the last several years. In its most recent run-in with accusations, a Russian woman is saying the company forced her to break her no-meat fast and buy a hamburger. She now wants compensation for the advertisement that made her crack.

Ksenia Ovchinnikova was practicing a strict diet for Lent in 2019. As an Orthodox Christian, the woman followed strict guidelines to avoid meat and meat products. Many Christians practice giving up an item for the occasion prior to the Easter holiday.

In doing so, the Russian woman made it a point to avoid anything relating to dairy, poultry and meat. However, advertisements from McDonald’s kept popping up, making the task impossible. The woman eventually gave in. She went to the infamous burger joint and indulged in a hamburger.

Now she wants 1,000 rubles, or $14, as compensation for being unable to resist the cheesy goodness.

“By this point, I had already been fasting for a month, but when I saw an advertising banner, I could not help myself, I visited McDonald’s and bought a cheeseburger,” Ovchinnikova said in a statement.

“In the actions of McDonald’s, I see a violation of the consumer protection law. I ask the court to investigate and, if a violation has taken place, to oblige McDonald’s LLC to compensate me for moral damage in the amount of one thousand rubles,” the woman said.

A History of McDonald’s Lawsuits

In 1992, an elderly woman spilled hot coffee in her lap, causing severe burns. She sustained second and third-degree burns over 16 percent of her body. Furthermore, this sent her to the hospital for nearly a week. While the woman initially wanted enough compensation to cover her $10,000 medical bills, a jury awarded her $2.7 million in punitive damages for her troubles.

The case has been the subject of debate, documentaries and podcasts ever since the incident.

Likewise, just last year a Florida man sued McDonald’s for cracking his tooth on a chicken nugget. The man claimed he bit into something hard inside the nuggets which may have been a bone. After surviving with a head and toothache for a few days, he then sought medical help.

At the time of the incident, the man was evaluated by a dentist who recommended corrective surgery. The man decided to sue the company for $1.1 million dollars in damages.

“Providing safe, high-quality food is always a top priority,” McDonald’s said in a statement at the time. “We take these claims seriously but as this is pending litigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”