Starbucks-hurling woman who sued city now on the hook for enough cash to buy 5,000 lattes.
By Joe Eskenazi
Take a deep breath. Relax. And be forewarned – this is going to be a bit complicated. Yet this story does prominently involve a man having scalding-hot coffee maliciously poured into his groin in a scene worthy of a “3 Ninjas” movie, so it’s got that going for it. Which is nice.
In a decision handed down on New Year’s Eve, Superior Court Judge Paul Alvarado ruled that Jill Karen Schaffer – who concluded a 2005 traffic tête – à – tête by pouring a liter of scalding Starbucks into the lap of Chris Daniels (then a butler for the Getty family) and subsequently sued the city alleging the Gettys, the District Attorney’s office and two S.F. cops conspired to improperly arrest her months later – was not entitled to any money for “emotional distress and harm to her reputation.”
In fact, Alvarado decided Schaffer owes the city and, specifically, cops Ofc. John Fewer and Sgt. John Hagget, the “reasonable attorney’s fees incurred in bringing this motion in the amount of $15,000.”
Schaffer’s attorneys filed an appeal earlier this month.
Confused? That’s OK. Just remember what we said about the coffee in the crotch and let us fill you in on the backstory (which, like a Starbucks French roast, is dark, rich and complicated).
It all started in 2005, when Daniels (on an errand for the Gettys in the Marina) and Schaffer (supposedly running late for a manicure) saw fit to criticize one another’s driving skills. Harsh words were allegedly exchanged leading to Schaffer pouring the aforementioned java …