[THIN] Re: OT: Friday Humor The Stella Awards

  • From: "Trevor Ostrowski" <trevor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 14:58:10 -0500

The key word though is "peers"  which means that it was a jury of
idiots.

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From: Nail, Larry [mailto:lnail@xxxxxx]=20
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 2:53 PM
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Subject: [THIN] Re: OT: Friday Humor The Stella Awards
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Judges who let cases like this into their courts are the problem.  What
gets
me even more is that the jury of peers that sat on these cases let these
folks have gotten away with NOT being responsible for their OWN actions.

Its stuff like this that makes me want to put a 15 foot steel wall up
around
my property to keep everyone out... If they climb or dig under the wall,
I'll knock them out drag them into my house, and shoot them because I'm
defending my home.  You can do that in Texas... At least I could
yesterday.


-----Original Message-----
From: brian.hill@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:brian.hill@xxxxxxxxx]=20
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 1:44 PM
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This is one of the core problems with our country and society today.
How
can this possibly be?  It gripes me to no end to hear about such
frivilous
lawsuits even make it to trial.

Brian

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From: Jim Kenzig [mailto:jimkenz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 11:15 AM
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Subject: [THIN] OT: Friday Humor The Stella Awards



It's time once again to review the winners of the annual "Stella
Awards".
The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled
coffee
on herself and successfully sued McDonalds. That case inspired the
Stella
awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States.
Unfortunately the most recent lawsuit implicating McDonalds, the teens
who
allege that eating at McDonalds has made them fat, was filed after the
2002
award voting was closed. This suit will top the 2003 list without
question.

Here are this year's winners:

5th Place(tie): Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded
$780,000 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
toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.

5th Place(tie): 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. 5th Place(tie):
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
locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, and
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 $500,000.

4th Place: 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 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 had climbed over
the
fence into the yard and was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd Place: 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 (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms.
Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an
argument.

2nd Place: 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.

1st Place: This year's run away winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of
Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago
motor
home. On his first trip home, (from an OU football game), having driven
onto
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 R.V. left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued
Winnebago for not advising him in the owner's manual that he couldn't
actually do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new motorhome.
The
company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just
in
case there were any other complete morons buying their recreation
vehicles.

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