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iirc, their defense was People like their coffee hot
but might not drink it till hours after purchase

No. There was no comment about that (or I missed it). Only that the old lady wasn't the first to file a complaint about excessively hot coffee at McD's.

Here is a scalding chart. At 195F your skin will scald almost instantly.

This site says 140F will cause 3rd degree burns in 5 seconds. And in 1 second at 156F.

Yeah, inherently dangerous.
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