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A North Carolina police officer who sued Starbucks over a hot cup of free coffee that spilled on him will not receive a cent of the $750,000 he sought.
Lt. Matthew Kohr said the lid popped off of the cup of coffee, which was given to him as a perk for police officers at a Raleigh Starbucks, and it collapsed, according to The Associated Press.
He said the hot liquid that spilled onto his lap and leg triggered his Crohn's disease, causing him to need surgery to remove part of his intestine as a result of the January 2012 incident, according to NBC affiliate WNCN.
The jury ruled 10-2 that Kohr's account wasn't credible. Judge Donald Stephens had consulted with lawyers for both sides earlier Monday, and they decided that a decision of 10-2 would be sufficient to reach a verdict, WNCN reported.
Kohr made a brief statement outside of the courtroom in which he thanked the jury "for coming together and taking the matter seriously."
A Starbucks spokeswoman told NBC News in an email that the coffee company was "pleased with the jury's decision as we believe our partners (employees) did nothing wrong."
Lawyers for Starbucks had previously said that Kohr should be awarded the exact amount of money he paid for the complimentary cup of Joe.
— Elisha Fieldstadt