Singer Sues McDonalds: Did Shard Of Glass In Sandwich Ruin Jacqueline Simpson’s Voice?

By Philip Ross on May 21, 2013 11:40 AM EDT

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A singer sues McDonald’s after she ingested a small shard of glass that was in her sandwich and which she said ruined her singing voice. (Photo: Reuters)

A singer is suing McDonald's after she swallowed a piece of glass that was in her chicken sandwich. The piece of glass, which the gospel singer said was bigger than a penny, allegedly destroyed her vocal chords.

Jacqueline Simpson, a clerk for the state Attorney General's Office in New York who is also a gospel singer, said that the piece of glass ruined her singing voice. The 52-year-old gospel singer is filing a lawsuit against the fast-food chain at the Brooklyn Supreme Court, UPI reports.

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"I have to make a lot of calls for work, and I have to tell people that I'm not a man,'' Simpson told the New York Post. "Before, that never happened."

The incident took place at a McDonald's restaurant near the World Trade Center site in Manhattan in May 2010. It is unknown how much money the singer suing McDonald's is looking to get from the lawsuit.

The gastrointestinal tract is a long muscular tube with a delicate lining that squeezes gently to move food through the human gut. According to Core Charity, an organization that supports research for diseases of the gut, liver and pancreas, this digestive tract can cope with a variety of food sources, even small pieces of bone from meat or fish. It can also handle small materials like glass, plastic and metal, which pass through the gut unchanged.

"The risks of swallowing these materials depends on their size, shape and sharpness," the charity reported. "Small pieces can travel right through the bowel and be passed normally without problems ... In general, narrow objects pass through the bowel more easily and smooth ones are less likely to get caught."

One of the dangers of swallowing small, sharp objects is perforation of the intestinal lining. They can also cause bleeding during bowel movements. According to Core Charity, our bowels are well adapted to handling foreign objects, even the sharp or jagged ones, and that serious injury from ingesting sharp objects is rare.

McDonald's is no stranger to lawsuits. iDesign Times reported that just this past April, McDonald's had to pay a $700,000 settlement to members of the Michigan Muslim community after a suburban Detroit franchise falsely labeled their food as prepared according to Islamic law. The lawsuit was brought forth by the plaintiff, Ahmed Ahmed, who said he ordered a chicken sandwich in Sept. 2011 and found that it wasn't halal.

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