Tuesday, July 3, 2007
[visual description: Dawn Larson, who was born with underdeveloped hands and arms, demonstrates how she hands over her credit card with her feet from her car.] vIa SunTimes
A woman who uses her feet as hands has filed a lawsuit against 2 McDonald's restaurants after two incidents involving alleged discrimination in which employees refused her service due to her disability.
"In her lawsuit filed last week against the Rockford, Ill., McDonald's chain, Larson claims staff refused to serve her after she paid by credit card with her left foot for $23.59 of food last November, the paper reported.
"What's the matter with you? . . . You ain't got no arms. ... Let me see your arms," an employee allegedly told Larson with a tone of disgust, withdrawing the bags of food from Larson's outstretched foot, the paper said, citing the lawsuit."
Dawn Larson, who was born with Holt-Oram Syndrome, said "I drank my baby bottle with my feet. Nobody ever taught me how to do it, I just did it. I can ride a regular 10-speed bike. I can swim. It has not been a problem in my life at all. It didn't stop me from having four boys. I've never dropped one of them."
She also told the Chicago Sun Times that she felt harassed and embarrassed when she was refused service and just wanted the food she bought so she could feed her children.