Stella Awards

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by SuperHorn, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. SuperHorn

    SuperHorn Member

    Once again, it's time to review the winners of the Annual Stella Awards. The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself & successfully sued McDonalds. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States.

    5th place Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He could not reenter the house because the door connecting the house & garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family were on vacation & Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found & a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the house owners insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

    4th place Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 & medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's Beagle dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been a little provoked at the time, as Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence into the yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

    3rd place A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500, after she slipped on a soft drink & broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

    2nd place Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor & knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred whilst Ms. Walton was trying to crawl through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 & dental expenses.

    1st place This year's winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago Motor Home. On his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph & calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back & make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the Motor Home left the freeway, crashed & then overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him, by reading the owner's manual, that he actually could not do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago Motor Home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit just in case there were any other complete morons buying their recreation vehicles.

    While it is true that technology waits for no man; stupidity will always stop to take on new passengers.

  2. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but according to the Stella Awards website, the examples you gave are not true. (We have enough frivolous lawsuit in the US without having to make more up ;) )
  3. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Just goes to show the power of Urban Legends! It seems that although we find these stories riduculous we will still take them onboard as "fact" and will pass them on to others.
  4. SuperHorn

    SuperHorn Member

  5. Brassb3ll3nd

    Brassb3ll3nd Member

    OOOOOOOoooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.............. that Stella!!
  6. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Whether these individual stories are true or not, I reckon there are plenty like them that are fact, and leads, no doubt, to manufacturers including the 'wacky warnings' posted elsewhere on 'Random Chat', to cover themselves! :)

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