Winners of the annual "Stella Awards."
John S. Lagnese
jlagnese at massed.net
Mon Aug 27 01:52:30 EDT 2007
I was working at a VW/Honda/Volvo dealership in Bartlett, NH at the time of
the so-called unintended acceleration. In most cases the accelerator pedal
was bent from the force of people stepping on it thinking it was the brake!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ben Swann" <benswann at comcast.net>
To: <quattro at audifans.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 11:39 PM
Subject: FW: Winners of the annual "Stella Awards."
> Thought this to be of interest even if not much Audi content, though
> similar to the frivolous suit Audi endured due to CBS "60 Minutes -
> Unintended Acceleration fiasco" later retracted as a farce.
> Subject: Winners of the annual "Stella Awards."
> It's time once again to review the winners of the annual "Stella Awards."
> The "Stella Awards" are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled
> coffee on herself and success-fully sued McDonald's (in New Mexico ) That
> inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous and ridiculous, yet
> successful, lawsuits in the United States ...
> Here are this year's winners:
> 7th Place
> Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her
> peers after breaking her ankle when she tripped over a toddler who was
> inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably
> surprised at the verdict, considering that the misbehaving little toddler
> Ms. Robertson's son.
> 6th Place
> Nineteen-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical
> when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman
> apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he
> trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
> 5th Place
> Terrence Dickson of Bristol , Pennsylvania , was leaving a house he had
> finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage
> to go up because the automatic door opener malfunctioned. He couldn't
> re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked
> when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, so Mr. Dickson found
> himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of
> he found, and a large bag of dry dog food.
> He sued the home owners' insurance company, claiming the situation caused
> undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000. In my
> this is SO outrageous that it should have been 2nd Place
> 4th Place
> Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical
> expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next-door neighbors'
> beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owners' fenced yard. The award
> less than originally sought, because the jury felt that the dog might have
> been just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who had climbed
> the fence into the yard and 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 and broke her
> (tail bone). 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 , successfully sued the owner of a
> club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the
> and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was
> trying to sneak through the window in the ladies' room to avoid paying the
> $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.
> 1st P lace (drum roll, please)
> This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City ,
> . Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand-new, 32-foot-long Winnebago motor home.
> her first trip home from an OU football game -- having driven onto the
> -- she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat
> go into the back to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left
> freeway, crashed and overturned. Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not
> her in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually do that. The jury
> her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. The company actually changed its
> on the basis of this law suit, just in case there were any other complete
> morons around.
> I think the jury pool is 'dumbing down'!!!!!
> None of this speaks well for America or its justice system. May the Good
> keep us not only separated from idiots like these but safe from them, as
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