Russia's McDonald’s customer drops suit over lost finger
MOSCOW, December 9 (RAPSI) - A McDonald’s customer, who had part of her finger cut off by a pick-up service window, has withdrawn her claim for 4.5 million rubles ($82,900), a RAPSI correspondent reports from the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow on Tuesday.
As previously reported, in February 2012, a woman was buying coffee at a McDonald’s in central Moscow. The cashier passed her the cup and closed the pick-up window without looking. The sharp edge of the window cut off part of the customer’s finger. The McDonald’s manager refuses to acknowledge any responsibility.
Neither a representative for the fast food chain nor the woman’s lawyer revealed why the lawsuit was withdrawn. “The claimant decided it would not be reasonable to proceed with the lawsuit. We cannot reveal what exactly influenced her,” McDonald’s spokesman, Maxim Titarenko, said.
He added that a second claim on the same grounds would be impossible and thus the issue should be considered closed.
The claimant’s lawyer told journalists that he was respecting his client’s wishes to avoid commenting on the reasons behind the withdrawal.
Since last August, McDonald’s outlets have been the subject of inspections across Russia. The chain, the largest hamburger retailer in the world, has over 450 restaurants in 75 regions in Russia. The Federal Service for Consumer Rights’ Protection suspended operations at McDonald’s in Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg and some other cities.