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    Default The "Stella" Awards, aka "you can't fix stupid" GDG

    Got this from a co-worker this morning.....all sad but true.....

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    Proof of entitlement mentality

    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.

    5 TH PLACE:
    Terrence Dickson, of Bristol,Pennsylvania, 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 co nnecting 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 Stella's 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 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 Oklahomajury 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 incase Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.



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








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    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.......

    Those do not make me scratch my head, they make me sick to my stomach. Some people never cease to amaze me. How can anyone who is sitting on a jury award these people money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K G View Post
    Got this from a co-worker this morning.....all sad but true.....
    Apparently none of these are true..


    http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp
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    Right On Jeff! I am sure I have read the Winnebago one before. Stupid yes, but new for this year or true????
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    K G, please honor on lead after returning to the area of an old fallacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerd View Post
    K G, please honor on lead after returning to the area of an old fallacy.

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    Thats Genius!!!
    "So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerd View Post
    K G, please honor on lead after returning to the area of an old fallacy.

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    Now I don't care who you are, that right there was funny!

    I usually run things like this past the Snopes sniffer, but it came from who I believed to be someone who would know better.....once burned, twice shy....

    Thanks, Uncle Cracker!

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    The scary part is that many, myself included, could imagine this actually happen. It would not surprise me.
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    If you read further down the Snopes page on this topic, several "real" occurrences of like silliness are described that ARE true.

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    Sadly its lawsuits like this that create the opinion I received from a Sheriff a few years ago when I called them. We had a guy trying to break into the house, 911 kept telling us he would go away if we just waited him out. After yelling a warning at the intruder numerous times he continued to try and break in. I told my wife to let 911 know we didn't need a cop anymore and to send an ambulance because I'm gonna shoot him. Well that got the Sheriff there in about 1 minute. Seriously, 911 told us they had nobody that could respond, and after threatening to shoot him, the cop was there in 1 minute. He said he was doing paperwork 2 blocks up the road from me. Well anyway after they stuffed the kid in the car he made the comment to me, "Sir, I'll be honest with you. If someone ever actually makes it inside your house, make sure they don't leave it breathing. Your life will be so much easier."

    Frankly I don't doubt that one bit....

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