Man Sues Over Napkins for $1.5 Million: McDonald's Manager Should Have Given Me More Than One

I Suffered 'Undue Mental Anguish,' Claims Webster Lucas of CA
(Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee)A child eats a hamburger at a McDonald's outlet in Beijing February 5, 2009. McDonald's Corp, the world's largest fast-food chain, has cut some prices by as much as a third in China where once booming economic growth has slumped amid the global financial crisis.

A man sued after more napkins weren't provided with his McDonald's meal. The customer claimed that when he asked for another napkin not only was he denied, but that the "undue mental anguish" from the resulting incident is worth a whopping $1.5 million in damages.

The man who sued over the napkin incident is Webster Lucas, an African-American who visited the Pacoima, Calif. fast-food restaurant on Jan. 29 of this year. After ordering his Quarter Pounder Deluxe burger, he checked in the bag and only found one napkin. Lucas asked the manager for another, but his request was staunchly denied because he was told he received one already, the customer claimed in the lawsuit.

"I should have went to eat at the Jack-in-the-box because I didn't come here to argue over napkins. I came here to eat," Lucas recounted to TMZ.

Then he said the Mexican-American manager mumbled a racist remark containing the words "you people," something Lucas took to be personally offensive because of his race.

Later, Lucas emailed the general manager of the restaurant to complain, but didn't get far. An attempt to quell the situation with an offer of free burgers was even more insulting, the dissatisfied customer said.

Now in a lawsuit, Lucas says that he has been unable to work because he suffered "undue mental anguish" from the allegedly racially tinged incident. The emotional distress from having his napkin needs rebuffed and allegedly hearing a racial comment are worth $1.5 million in damages, according to the lawsuit.

While critics call Lucas' lawsuit frivolous, it's far from the most ridiculous one. Richard Overton once sued Anheuser-Busch when a six-pack of Budweiser Light didn't produce visions of beautiful women on the beach the way the commercials advertised. Another man, David Roller, sued magicians David Blame and David Copperfield for $2 million and $50 million respectively for "[stealing his] godly powers."

Needless to say, both cases were thrown out. Whether Lucas manages to secure a settlement or has his lawsuit dismissed remains to be seen.