February 18, 2012, two teenagers died as a result of lax security at the fast food restaurant. They died in the early morning hours after a car of four teenagers stopped at the College Station Texas location where police were repeatedly called due to fights among patrons. Two of the teens were attacked by a mob of 15 to 20 and were seriously injured after being kicked and stomped by more than 15 attackers. One teen died on the way to the hospital from the injuries he sustained in the fight, and another teen died when the car they were traveling in collided with a car and then hit a pole. Families claimed that McDonald's was negligent by not providing adequate security at their College Station restaurant location, despite more than 20 calls to police to break up fights in the year leading up to the teens’ deaths. McDonald's never hired any security personnel and never installed any security cameras to help protect customers.
Mr. Hamilton is quoted as saying:
We hope this verdict sends a powerful message to McDonald’s and the other companies that protecting customers is more important than late-night revenue. The night these two kids died was a dangerous location, and McDonald’s knew it. Yet they did nothing to prevent their senseless deaths.
We should all be thankful for law firms like Standly Hamilton, LLP who work every day on our behalf to protect us from future tragedy like what happened to these innocent teens and their families. No amount of money will bring those teenagers back, but the hope is this corporate accountability will prevent similar acts of violence from happening in the future.
Vice President, Business Development