One woman is claiming in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit claiming that McDonald’s advertisements were so good, she had no choice but to eat the dang burger and fries, “McDonald’s made me eat it.”
Ksenia Ovchinnikova, a Russian woman is suing McDonald’s, alleging that its delectable-looking billboard banners forced her to break her fast during Lent.
The Daily Mail reported that Ksenia Ovchinnikova, an Orthodox Christian from Omsk, Russia, is suing one of the world’s largest fast-food restaurant chains, alleging that its delectable-looking billboard banners forced her to break her fast for Lent.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Russia, has a religious undertone to it as well.
Ksenia is an Orthodox Christian who observes the Julian calendar, which defines lent as a period of severe abstinence from animal products; Ksenia was trying to avoid eating meat, dairy, poultry, and meat by-products for the length of Lent due to the season. According to the Russian, she had kept her fast for a month until breaking it in April 2019 due to a McDonald’s commercial.
McDonald’s allegedly broke Russia’s consumer protection law and insulted her religious practice by advertising such good food during Lent, when she was most vulnerable to the temptation of tasty burgers, fries, and chicken nuggets, the lawsuit claims.
McDonald’s owes her a total of around $14 or 1,000 rubles, the pro-Christian claim, because of the moral damage she suffered, McDonald’s should not have advertised their meat and dairy products when Christians were seeking to avoid them, Ksenia complaint.
Ksenia had been able to keep her lent fast for nearly two decades. She did it successfully for nineteen years. However, McDonald’s advertising enticed her this year, and she felt forced to go to the nearest McDonald’s location and order herself a burger in Omsk, Russia.
Ksenia Ovchinnikova wrote in her statement, “By this point, I had already been fasting for a month, but when I saw an advertising banner, I could not help myself. I visited McDonald’s and bought a cheeseburger, in the actions of McDonald’s, I see a violation of the consumer protection law. I ask the court to investigate and, if a violation has taken place, to oblige McDonald’s LLC to compensate me for moral damage in the amount of one thousand rubles.”
So far, the court has not yet set a date to hear her claim. However, it is possible that McDonald’s could be taken to court in Russia for advertising their enticing meat products during lent.
Readers of Daily Mail believe this woman is taking things too far:
“That’s like suing a lingerie ad because it made a man cheat on his wife.”
“Always someone else’s fault, whatever happened to taking responsibility for one’s own actions?”
“Did she take into account that not everyone is fasting for lent due to religious reasons, and they do want to see an advertisement for hamburgers?”
A staunch critic even said that Russia should “charge her for wasting court’s time.”
One person joked: “I saw an advert for an electric car and immediately felt an urge to become a lefty greeno loser- can I sue the manufacturer concerned?”