Roh v. Starbucks Corp., No. 16-4033 (7th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
While Beebe and Lucas Roh were at Starbucks on Rush Street in Chicago, with their sons, five-year-old Alexander and three-year-old Marcus, a wood and metal stanchion, part of a grouping intended to direct customers, fell onto Marcus’s finger, which had to be amputated that same day. Beebe sued. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Starbucks. The Seventh Circuit affirmed. Any duty Starbucks may have owed Marcus was abrogated by his parents’ presence with him in Starbucks at the time of the accident. The boys were playing on the rope and stanchions. HIs parents had the duty to protect them from the obvious danger posed by playing on the unsecured stanchions, even if the parents were unable to foresee the particular injury that resulted.