Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 09: A sign stands outside of a McDonald's restaurant February 9, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Fast food chain restaurant McDonald's reported a 7.1 percent increase in same store sales for January as people look towards cheaper food alternatives in the weakening economy. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If you order McDonalds or any fast food how much faith do you put in the workers to get the order right? Would you literally put your life in the hands of the cooks? Because that’s what Charles Olsen of New York City did after ordering McDonalds for himself and his girlfriend. He says a Big Mac nearly killed him. We talked about it this morning on Country Mornings with Jonathan and Ayla.




Big Mac Attack

Jonathan: So listen to this story about a guy named Charles Olsen. He and his girlfriend ordered food late at night from a McDonald’s. The food got there. He ordered a Big Mac. She had ordered a double Quarter Pounder.

Ayla: Okay.

Jonathan: Now, according to his lawsuit here’s what happened next.

He Nearly Died

Jonathan: After a few bites, he immediately felt like something wasn’t right. Then his throat began to itch and swell. He felt a burning sensation throughout his body. Then he looked at his girlfriend, Alexandra, and coughed. Then almost immediatey his entire body was covered in hives. His breathing became heavy and congested. His whole body felt feverish. Then he started wheezing. He also began, at that point, gasping for air. He choked out his words to his girlfriend that he needed medical help right away.

Ayla: And every nurse who’s driving to work right now is taking what you said and is trying to come up with a diagnosis. What happened?

Jonathan: All the while, his throat was continuing to swell and close again. This is just from eating a couple more bites of a Big Mac. Things got really, really bad. And right when doctors were ready to hook him up to a ventilator, the medicine started to kick in, and he started to be able to breathe again. After several hours, the E.R. staff were able to stabilize him. According to his lawsuit. He’s recovering and recovered physically from the terrifying ordeal. But emotionally, this was a pretty traumatic thing.

Ayla: Yeah, I’m sure.

The Lawsuit and Responsibility:

Jonathan: So he’s filing a huge lawsuit against McDonald’s. Here’s what happened. He is severely allergic to dairy products.

Ayla: Yeah.

Jonathan: He had ordered a Big Mac without cheese.

Ayla: Okay.

Jonathan: But whoever made it. Put cheese on it.

Ayla: Oh, God. That’s how you can literally kill someone.



  • So Who Is At Fault Here?

    Jonathan: Okay, here’s my thing. And I don’t want to sound like I’m not sensitive to people with allergies. I mean, my wife and my youngest son are lactose intolerant. But seriously, how dumb do you have to be? To order food from a fast food restaurant. And not even look. If you’re this allergic to dairy. Not even look at it before you start eating it. Not shift the bun and see if there’s cheese underneath. Just start eating it even after the first bite.

    Jim: I have  friends who have very serious allergies. And every time we go out to dinner, they say three times, you’re sure there’s no peanuts in this, right? You sure there’s no dairy in this?  They put it upon themselves to make sure they don’t put anything in their body.

    Ayla: So they’re. So people aren’t allowed to do takeout then.  It’s unfortunate that he didn’t check, but like. He shouldn’t have to. Just follow the instructions so people don’t die.

    Jonathan: You’re not wrong. But let me ask you this. Say, Bear (your son) has this kind of allergy. You’re putting his life in the hands of minimum wage workers.

    Ayla: No, I get I get what you’re saying about McDonald’s, but let’s take McDonald’s out of it. And it’s another restaurant. It’s Cheesecake Factory.

    Jonathan: But the fact that it’s Mcdonalds is important. I’m saying that if you’re working at McDonald’s, you’re churning out hundreds of orders an hour. You’re keeping up the best you can. You make one mistake, and now you’re responsible for some guy’s death because he can’t be bothered to look to see if there’s cheese on a sandwich.

    Ayla: I would have double looked, but it doesn’t mean that it’s just on him the McDonald’s employees should have known as well.

    Jonathan: Yeah, but he also didn’t stress on the order that he’ allergic. He just said no cheese. It didn’t say I’m deathly allergic to dairy. No cheese. It just said, according to his own lawsuit, that it just was, it was just no cheese on the sandwich. Okay. And again, it’s McDonald’s.

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