A woman works for a catering company during the day to help pay for the classes she takes at night at a local community college. As part of her duties, the woman often drives a company van used to deliver food and supplies to and from events. One day on the way home from an event, the woman was returning supplies to her company’s office when she stopped at a local coffee shop. She ordered a cup of coffee and sat down at a table. The woman spent about thirty minutes at the table studying notes for her class later that night. As she was leaving the shop’s parking lot, she collided with another vehicle driven by an elderly man. The elderly man then sued both the woman and the catering company.
Is the catering company vicariously liable to the elderly man?
A: Yes, because the woman was acting within the scope of her employment.
B: Yes, because the woman is an employee of the catering company.
C: No, because the woman was running a personal errand.
D: No, because the catering company was not negligent in hiring the woman.
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