Police Officer Sues Starbucks Over Spilling Hot Coffee on Himself; Says he Didn’t Think it ‘Was That Hot’

Police Lt. Matthew Kohr testifies in a Raleigh, N.C. court on May 6, 2015 as part of his lawsuit against Starbucks because he burned himself after hot coffee spilled on him in 2012. (WTVD)
Police Lt. Matthew Kohr testifies in a Raleigh, N.C. court on May 6, 2015 as part of his lawsuit against Starbucks because he burned himself after hot coffee spilled on him in 2012. (WTVD)

The North Carolina police lieutenant, who is suing Starbucks after burning himself when his free cup of coffee spilled, took the stand for the second time today saying that he wasn’t prepared for how hot the beverage was.

“I didn’t know it was that hot,” Matthew Kohr said during his cross examination in a Raleigh court today.

Kohr and his wife are suing the coffee giant for $750,000 to cover legal and medical expenses as well as the damages they both suffered — from his burns that he claims caused a flare up in his pre-existing Crohn’s disease and caused him to have intestinal surgery, and for the emotional distress that his wife went through in the loss of her “intimate partner,” as described in the lawsuit. The suit states that the lid popped up and the cup folded in on itself, spilling the hot coffee on Kohr’s thigh and groin area.

Kohr said that the January 2012 incident had repercussions on his work life, not only forcing him to take time off from work but it also impacted his job performance when he was there. Kohr said that he had a new level of “edginess, nervousness, wasn’t comfortable in the car.”

He said in court today that his role as a supervisor required him to be comfortable leading people “and being confident and I didn’t have those same feelings as I had in the past.”

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SOURCE: ABC News

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