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The Stella Awards.... - monster - 01-14-2008 03:25 AM
These were just emailed to me by our old friend "Squigs". Not sure how he's doing but I'm trying to get an update! I can't believe these people can get awards as well as medical treatment, what the hell is our world coming to...but you have to laugh because they are soooo stupid. These have been around for awhile but they are still hilarious. Enjoy
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.
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.
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 su ed 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
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 on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph
and calmly left the driver's seat to go t o 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 incase Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a
RE: The Stella Awards.... - vickinat - 01-14-2008 07:08 AM
I swear some of them were so outrageous that they were stupid. Thanks for sharing Monster.
RE: The Stella Awards.... - nurse83 - 01-14-2008 07:34 AM
i'm in shock! these people, their lawyers and the juries who awarded them these outrageous awards all need to be voted off the island!!!!
RE: The Stella Awards.... - ksgirl - 01-14-2008 12:30 PM
I had heard the one about the Winnebego driver before. Why should people be awarded for their own stupidity and foolishness? If you are injured while committing a crime, you should not be able to sue anyone! If you are dumb enough to allow your children to run around in a store, you deserve to break an ankle. She should just be thankful it was her own ankle and not someone else's. The people in this world and the court system just amaze me!
RE: The Stella Awards.... - Tuffy - 01-14-2008 12:59 PM
All I can say Is DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
RE: The Stella Awards.... - monster - 01-14-2008 04:18 PM
DUHHHHHHH is right. How can these people get these idiotic awards for their own stupidity and we can't even get fixed? Beats the hell out of me!!!!
RE: The Stella Awards.... - vickinat - 01-14-2008 04:59 PM
Here's your sign.LOL
RE: The Stella Awards.... - nurse83 - 01-14-2008 10:54 PM
vickinat Wrote:Here's your sign.LOL
YOU SAID IT BEST!!!!!!!!!!
RE: The Stella Awards.... - vickinat - 01-15-2008 12:07 AM
I think that Jeff Foxworthy could do a whole skit with the list. Such morons.
RE: The Stella Awards.... - nurse83 - 01-15-2008 12:14 AM
vickinat Wrote:Thanks Nurse83,
oh, yeah, i can hear him right now..........