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  • Things That Make Ya Go GRRRRR!!!!!

    I got these little tid bits emailed to me.

    Unbelievable!!!!!!

    Our judicial system is in a sad state of affairs!! I wonder sometimes
    who's more of an idiot, the claimant or the jury and/or the judge. It's time
    again for the annual 'Stella Awards'!
    For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old
    Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the
    McDonald's in New Mexico where she purchased the coffee. You remember, she
    took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was
    driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right?
    That's right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and
    verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch
    your head. So keep your head scratcher handy.

    Here are the Stella's for the past year:

    7TH PLACE:
    Kathleen Robertson of Austin , Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her
    peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running
    inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by
    the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

    6TH PLACE:
    Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles , California won $74,000 plus medical
    expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman
    apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he
    was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

    Go ahead, grab your head scratcher.

    5TH PLACE:
    Terrence Dickson, of Bristol , Pennsylvania , who was leaving a house he
    had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the
    automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage
    door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door
    connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut.
    Forced to sit for eight, count'em, EIGHT, days on a case of Pepsi and a
    large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance company
    claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance
    company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this
    kind of anguish.

    Keep scratching. There are more...

    4TH PLACE:
    Jerry Williams, of Little Rock , Arkansas , garnered 4th Place in the
    Stella's when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being
    bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor's beagle - even though the
    beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. Williams did not get as
    much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been
    provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams
    had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with
    a pellet gun.

    Grrrrr ... Scratch, scratch.

    3RD PLACE:
    Amber Carson of Lancaster , Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a
    Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled
    soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the
    floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during
    an argument. What ever happened to people being responsible for their own
    actions?

    Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there; there are only two more Stellas
    to go...

    2ND PLACE:
    Kara Walton, of Claymont , Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a
    nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor,
    knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to
    sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover
    charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000....oh, yeah,
    plus dental expenses. Go figure.

    1ST PLACE : (May I have a fanfare played on 50 kazoos please)
    This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv
    Grazinski, of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , who purchased a new 32-foot
    Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game,
    having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and
    calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make
    herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway,
    crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued
    Winnebago for not putting in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually
    leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury
    awarded her, are you sitting down, $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home.
    Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in
    case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

    Are we, as a society, getting more stupid...

  • #2
    Good Grief...

    Originally posted by cherokee96 View Post
    ...Are we, as a society, getting more stupid?...
    I like the one where the girl fell in the soft drink that she threw on the floor and its too bad the hub cap stealer didn't get his head run over instead of his hand.

    I would say I don't believe these, but I know better.

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    • #3
      Im sitting here shakeing my head back and forth. Unbelievable. I dont remember where but I read once that some country (Australia?) has a system where if you sue someone and lose, you have to pay what you were trying to get. That would end a lot of the bullshet suits. Another suit should be filed against the lawyers.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mcodrake View Post
        Im sitting here shakeing my head back and forth. Unbelievable. I dont remember where but I read once that some country (Australia?) has a system where if you sue someone and lose, you have to pay what you were trying to get. That would end a lot of the bullshet suits. Another suit should be filed against the lawyers.
        Love that idea.

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        • #5
          Well my head doesn't itch but, I can't get my jaw off the floor.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by texascj View Post
            Well my head doesn't itch but, I can't get my jaw off the floor.
            Maybe you should sue.

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            • #7
              What is sad, is these ''Stella award'' idiots make it harder for someone with a legitimate claim. If someone gets hurt from thier own stupidity, or by doing an illegal action, they should be plain old S.O.L.!


              Kind of like that Joe Horn incident, one of the family members of one guy who got shot said "Why did he shoot him, he was a good kid, he should have had his chance in court"

              If he was a 'Good kid', he wouldn't have been there robbing the nieghbors house. Just my

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