Tina Sherman and her husband Phillip are suing McDonald’s Corporation for $3 million, alleging that employees of a Fayetteville, Arkansas branch stole nude photos of Tina Sherman and posted them on the Internet.
According to the lawsuit, on July 5, Phillip Sherman accidentally left his cell phone behind at a local Fayetteville McDonald’s. The cell phone happened to contain nude pictures of Tina, which she had previously sent to Phillip’s phone for his personal use. Phillip claims that employees assured him that the cell phone would be turned off and secured until he could retrieve it.
What happened instead, the lawsuit alleges, is that employees accessed the phone’s text messages, address book and library of images and posted the nude photos of Tina Sherman – which were intended for Phillip Sherman’s private use only – online. Along with the nude pictures, the employees included the McDonald’s logo, the “I’m Lovin it” slogan, and the following description of Tina Sherman: “hot like McDonald’s coffee.” They also included her name, address and phone number.
Tina Sherman says that once that pictures were posted, she began receiving a flurry of offensive phone calls and text messages. In addition to the McDonald’s Corporation, the couple is suing the franchise’s owners and branch manager Aaron Brummley. The couple are seeking a jury trial and compensatory damages of $3 million for emotional distress and for the cost of having to move to a new home.
Is the Tina Sherman Nude Photo Story a Conspiracy or Hoax?
Those with suspicious minds are wondering if this is all some elaborate conspiracy – or hoax. It certainly would not be outside the realm of possibility that the Shermans conspired with the McDonald’s employees to scam Micky Ds out of $3 million. Indeed, more elaborate con jobs have happened. Then there’s the possibility that this story may be a hoax. According to the Post Chronicle, there is no evidence of any other pictures existing other than the cropped photo appearing in news stories, and the alleged website where the photos were originally posted – and subsequently taken down from – cannot be located.
If this case turns out to be legitimate, however, there are a couple of lessons to be learned. One, think twice before storing nude photos of yourself on a cell phone, and two, if you do store nude photos of yourself on your cell phone, make sure that it is password protected.