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Clyde
09-11-2002, 07:10 AM
Got sent this, it will either make you laugh or cry.



Check just how crazy Americans & their society is .....

The "Stella" awards rank up there with the Darwin awards. Stella
Liebeck is
the 81 year old lady who spilled coffee on herself and sued
McDonalds.This
case inspired an annual award - The "Stella" Award ? for the most
frivolous
lawsuits in the U.S. The following are this year's candidates:

1. January 2000: Kathleen Robertson of Austin Texas was awarded
$78,000 by
a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler
who
was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were
understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving
little
tyke was Ms. Robertson's son.

2. June 1998: A 19 year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and
medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda
Accord.
Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of
the
car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

3. October 1998: A Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania was
leaving a
house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not
able to
get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was
malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door
connecting
the house and garage were locked when he pulled it shut. The family
was on
vacation. Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight
days. He
subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog
food. He
sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue
mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of half a million dollars.

4. October 1999: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas was awarded
$14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by
his next
door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's
fenced-in
yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog
might
have been just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who was
shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

5. May 2000: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber
Carson of
Lancaster, Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and
broke her coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson
threw it
at her Boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
> > >
6. December 1997: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware successfully sued
the
owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the
bathroom
window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred
while Ms Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies
room
to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded
$12,000 and dental expenses.

And the winner is:
> > >
Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City. In November 2000 Mr. Grazinski
purchased a brand new 32 foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip
home,
having joined the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and
calmly
left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of
coffee.
Not surprisingly the Winnie left the freeway, crashed and overturned.
Mr.
Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the handbook that he
couldn't actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000 plus a new
Winnie.
(Winniebago actually changed their handbooks on the back of this court
case, just in case there are any other complete morons buying their
vehicles...)

Govtcheez
09-11-2002, 07:19 AM
Just curious - I've heard tons of these, and it's always Americans.... Are there any wonderful lawsuis like this that make you wonder if humanity is doomed in Europe, too, or are there laws preventing stupid lawsuits, or what?

Clyde
09-11-2002, 08:25 AM
I'm not certain, i suspect its easier to sue with American law, though i may be wrong.

I have noticed that recently there have been plenty of adverts for agencies helping you "claim money" from accidents, over here in the UK. So perhaps we too are heading that way.

*shudders*

Govtcheez
09-11-2002, 08:26 AM
Does that mean we could be seeing the "Clyde Awards" sometime soon?

MethodMan
09-11-2002, 08:35 AM
Ive heard those before, its just incredible how people actually win cases like that. How can you sue for tripping over your own child, the owner of the sotore must have had a heart attack, when he heard the verdict, or burst out laughing.

Clyde
09-11-2002, 08:54 AM
"Does that mean we could be seeing the "Clyde Awards" sometime soon?"

Hah, I bloody well hope not!

My family could probably have sued the owners of the apartement complex where we stayed in Spain:

They have plenty of small staircases (like 4-5 steps), all over the place next to each staircase is a ramp to allow the cleaning ladies to push their trolleys. Well one of the ramps was wet (there were several pools in the complex), and on the first day my mum arrived she walked down one of those slopes that happened to be wet, slipped, and broke her ankle.... Prime sueing material.

But we didn't sue, see, no Clyde Awards :)

Govtcheez
09-11-2002, 08:55 AM
"A member of a popular internet forum, Clyde received $500,000 US from God when he actually walked off the edge of the world, proving once and for all, that the earth really is flat"

Clyde
09-11-2002, 09:00 AM
"A member of a popular internet forum, Clyde received $500,000 US from God when he actually walked off the edge of the world, proving once and for all, that the earth really is flat"

LOL

RobR
09-11-2002, 09:13 AM
Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City. In November 2000 Mr. Grazinski
purchased a brand new 32 foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip
home,
having joined the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and
calmly
left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of
coffee.
Not surprisingly the Winnie left the freeway, crashed and overturned.
Mr.
Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the handbook that he
couldn't actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000 plus a new
Winnie.
(Winniebago actually changed their handbooks on the back of this court
case, just in case there are any other complete morons buying their
vehicles...)


Well, call me dumb, but I wonder who's having the last laugh here? I must admit that if I thought it was going to make me $1.75M richer, I might try the same stunt!

ober
09-11-2002, 09:31 AM
some people are just too smart for words...

And who are the judges/juries in these cases? Have we released the insanity asylums into the courtrooms and let them run things???

RobR
09-11-2002, 09:38 AM
Originally posted by ober5861
some people are just too smart for words...

And who are the judges/juries in these cases? Have we released the insanity asylums into the courtrooms and let them run things???

..... or have all these cases happened in West Virginia Howdy cousin ;)

ober
09-11-2002, 10:09 AM
That's a good theory... I'd say either there or Kentucky... :D

RobR
09-11-2002, 10:15 AM
Nothing wrong with Kentucky! Best damn chicken I ever had!

(Actually, I have friends in Cincinatti - which is near as dammit).

BMJ
09-11-2002, 10:58 AM
This is precisely the reason why we have so many damn stupid warnings on stuff...
On a cardboard windshield sun shade: "Warning: Do Not Drive With Sun Shield in Place."
On Odour Eaters: "Do not eat."
On an iron: "Warning: Never iron clothes on the body."
On a child's superman costume: "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."
Now I didn't believe that last one until someone showed me an actual picture of the warning... OMG how damn stupid can someone be!?

RoD
09-11-2002, 12:26 PM
on a door at the local mall:

"Employees only. All others enter and sign in at the desk."

hm...lol

glowstick
09-11-2002, 12:48 PM
they made me cry.

Cshot
09-11-2002, 01:59 PM
Or that jiggly banner you see sometimes on the top of the page that says
"Your system could be infected"

Oh so that's what happens when computers get infected...they jiggle like jello.

BMJ
09-11-2002, 02:10 PM
OMG!!!1 u hvae to c this!!!!!11

novacain
09-12-2002, 01:08 AM
>>Are there any wonderful lawsuis like this that make you wonder if humanity is doomed in Europe, too, or are there laws preventing stupid lawsuits, or what?

Everybody is getting the bug.

A drunk underage kid gets kicked out of a night club here. Breaks in and gets caught and badly beaten up by the owner. (he could have gone too far)

He got Au$58k and his mom got Au$18k for the trauma of seeing him injured.

lightatdawn
09-12-2002, 01:17 AM
>>trauma of seeing him injured.

Trauma... I'll show you trauma... The only trauma I'm willing to admit to the existance of involves blunt things and someones head.

I would like to see the 'lightatdawn Awards'. These go to people who badly maim, scar, permanently injure, and generally disfigure for life, the people mentioned in these lawsuits.

First punishment: Place hot cup of coffee in someones lap, put van on cruise control and drive them off the highway (while they eat dog food and pepsi). ... Okay, fine; Then hit them with some overly large nuclear weapons.

Okay, I'm done feeling violent for the evening. Goodnight and sweet dream. ;)