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Stella Awards

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!

5th P l ace

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 connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count them, 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 scratchi ng . 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

A jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania $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. Whatever 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 nightclub 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, t h e jury said the nightclub had to pay her $12,000, oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.

Go figure!

1st Place (May we 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 motorhome. On her first trip home, from a 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 sandw ich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the free way, 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.

Are we, as a society, getting more stupid? Or is it just the juries that the lawyers select?

PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE A BRAIN IN YOUR HEAD OR HAVE GOOD COMMON SENSE, START SHOWING UP FOR JURYDUTY! PLEASE.

 

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In the case of tobacco use, it's not the smoker who's responsible for his illness; it's tobacco companies. In the case of obesity, it's not the individual, but fast food companies and food manufacturers who are responsible. It's the same with criminal violence, the gun manufacturer is partly to blame. What does all this say for the future of our nation?
 

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Where did the mentality come from that says if you get hurt even if it was your own fault you should be rewarded err compensated.
 

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redduck said:
Where did the mentality come from that says if you get hurt even if it was your own fault you should be rewarded err compensated.
That mentality is instilled by the lawyers that run this country.
 

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Yeah, its the lawyers.

In fact, I hear most of them spend their days going door to door trying to convince people they can make claims against utility companies for ruts in their yards.

One was so bold as to even try to tell me I was tricked into buying "actual cash value" policies by an insurance company that had an evil plan to collect smaller premiums from me.

Yeah, its the lawyers, thats the ticket.

You know, they actually cast spells on Judges and juries. Its true. Black magic, I tell you. Real old school vodoo.
 

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It must be nice to be as perfect as some of you. Perhaps we should double check with y'all before we post anything we think is funny. BTW, there is a difference between politely pointing out something that has been posted before and calling it garbage. If you open a post and you've read it before then move on.
 

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No, no, no, I may be dumb but I'm not stupid. LOL, besides my post wasn't necessarily directed at you.
 

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It's that CCA mentality. It even infects their sense of humor. makes'em wierdos.
 

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Are you saying I'm mental? besides, when is referring to someone else's post as garbage supposed to be funny? I also should have noticed that the big dogs were posting on this and kept out.
 

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Are you saying I'm mental? besides, when is referring to someone else's post as garbage supposed to be funny? I also should have noticed that the big dogs were posting on this and kept out.
Are we not allowed to post with the "Big Dogs"?

How does that work? Do you collect merit badges until you get enough for the "Big Dog" patch?

I think I have Post envy........Not really, I'm the big dog at home, thats all that counts.
 
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