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    The Stella Awards.

    Homo Sapiens (Sapiens???????)


    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

    5TH PLACE :

    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 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.

    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.

    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

    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 :
    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
    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.

    Die dulci fruimini!
    Wolds Bikers, Lincolnshire, England.

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    These stories appear to be fabricated:

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    Vulture of The Western World Eric's Avatar
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    Many of these make me (to borrow a quip from Reichsmarschall Goering) want to reach for my gun. Just... outrageous. I would burn my house down and destroy every god-damned thing I own before I'd pay off on such a judgment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mase View Post
    These stories appear to be fabricated:

    Yep!, they probably are but, the way some judgements are going over here they might just as well be true.

    Die dulci fruimini!
    Wolds Bikers, Lincolnshire, England.

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