View Full Version : The World Is Full Of Stupid People

01-29-2009, 07:37 AM
My sister sent this to me in my email today. Too good not to pass on!

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 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, 8, 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 scratching.

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:

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


Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there; there are only two more Stellas

to go...

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: (May I 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 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.

01-29-2009, 07:52 AM
OMG! All of those were stupid verdicts but the last one....... If you can't leave your seat in any other vehicle, what would make you think you could in a Winnebago? You gotta wonder where common sense has gone sometimes. lol

01-29-2009, 08:23 AM
Yea, and there's one from Austin!!! How sad are all of these?? :sad44:

01-29-2009, 08:38 AM
I'm speechless!!

01-29-2009, 11:20 AM
Okay, so I just checked this out on snopes.com (http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.asp) and it's not real. Guess I should have known better (or had more faith in people) and checked before I posted it. But it is a good read nonetheless :)

01-29-2009, 11:50 AM
May not be true, but very funny - and the way things are going, they could be true at some point in the near future!!!

01-29-2009, 03:27 PM
These may not be true, but I still often wonder if I'm the only intelligent & common sense minded individual left! LOL

Silly Bean
01-29-2009, 05:03 PM
Lol, I was just going to post the snopes link. They were funny to read though!

01-30-2009, 06:04 AM
Glad to know this stuff isn't true. After finding out it isn't true, I can appreciate the humor. I wasn't laughing before though. I was scandalized!!!