The Hunger Games: 20 McNugget Challenge Cancelled

My attorney at the law offices of Marvo esq. informed me that I should reconsider this contest in case one of you fails and dies.  I agree with my legal counsel.  Sorry for the 30minutes of hype everyone.  Eat slowly, chew your food.

22 comments on “The Hunger Games: 20 McNugget Challenge Cancelled

  1. Brandon says:

    I think the law office be trollin’. If you ate a food too quickly and died, why would it be their fault? Lol.

  2. Andi says:

    I’d love for my obituary to say I died because of a McNugget overdose 🙁

  3. someguy says:

    The same reason if you spill a cup of hot coffee on yourself its their fault.

    • Ryan says:

      Then you can get free Cafe Lattes for life 🙂

      “You put the balm on? Who told you to put the balm on? I didn’t tell you to put the balm on. Why’d you put the balm on?”

    • Steven says:

      Err, no, not the same reason. The reason for pulling this contest has much more in common with the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest, wherein there might be possible grounds for a wrongful death civil suit: encouraging folks to consume food items at rapid speed, thus increasing the possibility of asphyxiation, an event that can be foreseen.

      The “Coffee Spill” incident occurred under entirely different conditions. McDonald’s had already been previously warned on numerous occasions for serving coffee at near-boiling temperatures, which would result in a third-degree burn within a couple seconds. McDonald’s argument was that if they served it at a lower temperature, drive-through customers would end up with cold coffee by the time they got to their destination. They did this after (1) having had hundreds of complaints and (2) having previously settled for amounts up to $500,000.

      The plaintiff had initially offered to settle for $20,000, to cover for the costs of medical care (she was burned on her thighs, groin, and butt, and required skin grafts) and a small amount of lost income. McD’s offered $1000, at which point plaintiff hired their lawyer. As the suit got closer to trial date, offers to settle for $90k, $200k, and $300k were rejected by McD’s.

      After all these offers, the trial occurred, with the jury deciding mostly in favor of the plaintiff, awarding $160,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million as punitive damages. This was reduced to $640,000 by the judge. Both parties then settled for something under $600,000.

    • Steven says:

      After re-reading it occurred to me that my comment might be misread as saying that the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” suit was also because of asphyxiation; it wasn’t. Rather, the similarity is in that both the radio station contest and this “Hunger Games” challenge could be considered to be incentivizing an action that could foreseeably be seen as risky behavior.

  4. Jack says:

    This has me curious now; I missed the original post, so what was the challenge (other than actually consuming one of those vile nuggets) ?

  5. Chefprotoss says:

    Damn that Marvo and his infinite wisdom and reason!

    So what happened?

  6. Manavee says:

    And I had my frivolous lawsuit already all lined up. Curse that Marvo!

  7. Steven says:

    This makes me curious how enforceable the liability waivers for those eating championships are. I wonder if this challenge would have been kosher (ba-dum-ksh!) if entrants had to sign such a waiver.

  8. SkippyMom says:

    This is why the Guiness Book of World Records no longer has a category for fastest eating and ate the most. . .They didn’t want to encourage dangerous behaviors.

    Sorry the contest is off, but I can understand, especially after the Wii incident.

  9. Mike N says:

    To quote Homer, “If you’re dumb enough to eat it, you deserve to die.”

  10. Carebear says:

    Aww man. That is one less opportunity for me to embarass myself.

  11. evan says:

    The challenge is the 50 nugget challenge, when it used to be $9.99. 20? 20 nuggets is childplay.

  12. Lindsay says:

    What?!?!? I can eat 20 McNuggets quite easily. Hmmm…maybe I shouldn’t brag about that.

  13. Jenne says:

    My friends and family all expect me to die from some food and/or cooking related incident anyhow….

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