A short while back Shaun left a comment on my website that made reference to the Liebeck vs. McDonald’s case where a woman burned by coffee sued McDonalds. This is a case that is often referred to when the topic of frivolous lawsuits comes up. I’ve always been hesitant to throw my opinion into the hat on that case because I think it’s possible that not all the facts are understood by the average American. I’m pretty sure it was a Jury trial, and a jury is bound to include at least one rational individual. If everyone is so sure that the lawsuit was stupid why did the Jury come to the conclusion that it did?

So I decided that I should read a book on it and get as many facts as possible. Then I could write a synopsis from a non-biased perspective so that people could read a brief description of the case that helped explain the case in full.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any books. proved near useless. The library’s online card catalog gave me nothing. Even general google searches were providing weak results. I didn’t know what to do.

Eventually, I decided to try InfoAnytime.

InfoAnytime is a library source in which the general public can chat 1 on 1 with a librarian at any hour of any day. The Librarian, with his or her intense research experience, can assist you in finding answers to your questions.

My librarian was Melissa H. In less than 3 minutes she provided me with seven different books about the Liebeck vs. McDonald’s case.

Color me impressed.

3 thoughts on “InfoAnytime

  • 8/21/2007 at 12:22 pm

    If I was on the jury, I would have discounted everything she said simply because her name includes “lie”. How can you even trust someone like that??

  • 8/22/2007 at 8:52 am

    I’ve read a little about that case, and McDonald’s used to heat their coffee to ridiculous levels. Like, seriously ridiculously hot. Coffee shouldn’t be that hot. I’ve spilled hot stuff on me before, and never gotten burned, but this lady got serious burns.

    InfoAnytime sounds like Google Answers without the google. Nice!

  • 8/22/2007 at 9:02 am

    Every time I see “Shaun” referred to on here, I become fearful that I’ve lost my memory and have been saying and posting things without my own knowledge. But then I remember that I generally go here by SMcQuaid, and that it’s that OTHER Shaun. Phew.


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