Just for fun.... Stella Awards!! :)

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  1. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    This was just sent to me and I had to share....

    Subject: Stella Awards Time


    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.

    Here are the Stella's for the past year:



    7 TH 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.


    6 TH 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.



    5 TH 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. We should all have this kind of anguish.

    Keep scratching. There are more...



    4 TH 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.



    3 RD 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.

    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...



    2 ND 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.



    1 ST 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.

    Are we, as a society, getting more stupid...? Ya think??!!

    More than a few of our judge's elevators don't go to the top floor either!
     
  2. Sonrise Farm

    Sonrise Farm New Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Southwick, Idaho
    Oh, did you hear about the 'Good Sameritan getting sued? that was sick . . . .


    I think as the generations pass, our brains are becoming smaller and smaller and smaller . . .
     

  3. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    That is so messed up! Wow, people are just ridiculous these days. Anything to make $ :sigh:
     
  4. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    no.. its because humans are not being selectively bred to retain our brains.. anyone ( or thing ) can breed with whatever lets it
     
  5. Sonrise Farm

    Sonrise Farm New Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Southwick, Idaho
    :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :thumbup:
     
  6. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    You know, when on earth is the Government ever going to make people responsible for their own action? If they do not do it soon people like these are going to cause ll us to pay out the wazoo for insurance and things, not even talking about court time and jurers time.
    What is the US coming too? :scratch: :scratch: :scratch:

    Now the #1 really happened several years ago.
     
  7. Di

    Di Crazy Goat Lady

    Jan 29, 2008
    central PA
    I just don't get it...if I were on any of those juries...there is no way I'd award any of them one red cent! I'm upset at "we the people", who gets on these juries anyway? :shrug: