Friday, 14 November 2014

Friday Smiles - week 93 - the Stella Awards

Morning Everyone,

Yippeee - it's Friday, time to join in with Annie, over at A Stitch In Time, and share something that caused a smile this week. Apologies to anyone who has seen this before but it made the EM chuckle so I thought it was worth sharing :)

Stella Awards 2013
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 scratcher handy.

Here are the Stellas:

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

Start scratching!

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...

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..

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.
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!!

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 motor home.

It's a mad, mad, world!

Wishing you a happy, smiley, week,


Kathyk said...

OMG!!!!! These beggar belief don't they?????? WHAT WERE THEY THINKING and, what's worse, what were the jury's thinking????

Happy Friday - stay sane and hope that raw spot heals up real soon!


Annie said...

Just priceless Elizabeth. The world really has gone mad.
Annie x

Bobbie Lynn said...

I agree with Kathyk. Unreal.

You have been a busy lady in your craft room. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Di said...

Totally crazy world we live in!!


Di xxx

Angela Toucan said...

crazy culture.

blessings to you

Sandra H said...

!! Crazy !!

Marie-Louise said...

Only in America.

Jackie said...

KathyK has already said the first thing that came to my mind so I won't repeat it LOL.
All common sense and reason is right out of the window, I cannot believe that the law could be such an unjust ass!!!
Jackie xx

Laura said...

I'm not sure what the correct response is to these... disbelief at the people but also the jury that awards them the compensation! What a world we live in!!

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Elizabeth...unbelievable people out there and some pretty cunning, wealthy lawyers. Hope you're enjoying your weekend. Robyn

Craftychris said...

Absolutely unbelievable! We live in a mad world! It was fun reading them, thank you! xxx

tilly said...

I found this just so funny and unbelievable lol..... sign me up for the next one lol

Hettie said...

Only in America ey! Though this kind of thing is creeping over the water..."warning this drink is hot" on McDonald's coffee cups!!

Anne said...

Unbelievable!!!!! x