It's hard to know how to react to the verdict in the recent McDonald's strip-search case. At first, my gut reaction was that everyone associated with this whole incident was so lacking in common sense that rewarding any of them monetarily is crazy.
Yet it's clear Louise Ogburn was tremendously violated. And even if you think she was simply foolish and naive to stay there and take all that abuse instead of just walking out, that doesn't excuse those who took advantage of her.
So I can see where Ms. Ogburn deserved some compensation for what she endured. And McDonald's does bear responsibility for not clearly warning all their employees that this kind of incident had happened in their stores many times before.
But 1.1 million dollars for the manager who actually inflicted this ordeal upon her employee -- without once exercising any reasonable judgment whatsoever? I think she already got her reward when she didn't go to jail after being found guilty of unlawful imprisonment. That should have been enough.
But at least it's over -- if McDonald's doesn't appeal. And they shouldn't. Because compared to the damage they'd suffer by keeping this tawdry episode alive even a single day longer, I think seven or so million dollars is a small price to pay.
What do you think about this whole thing? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.