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07-23-2009, 10:00 AM #1
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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
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
Here are the Stellas for the past year:
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.
* SIXTH 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.
Scratch some more...
* FIFTH 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 and survive 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...
Double hand scratching after this one..
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.
Pick a new spot to scratch, you're
getting a bald spot..
* THIRD 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?
Only two more so ease up on the scratching....
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.
Ok. Here we go!!
* FIRST PLACE *
This year's runaway First Place Stella
Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who
purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home,
from an OU football game, having driven on to 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
Are we, as a society, getting more stupid....
or are more members of Congress serving
on juries these days?2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Ex. Cab, Fire Red, 6.6L Duramax LMM Equipped with UTG Rocker Pods
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07-24-2009, 01:27 PM #2
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#1 definitely earned it's spot in the Stella's.BRYAN
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07-24-2009, 01:37 PM #3
I'm surprised there aren't more from California. This is one of the places stupidity and a lack of responsibility is bread.David
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07-24-2009, 01:42 PM #4
omg i didn't realize there is so many stupid people in this country
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07-31-2009, 06:24 PM #5
Doesn't that sh!t just make you want to try and BEAT some common sense into the nearest "functional retard"??You're driving is WAY more offensive than my swearing, assjack!!!
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