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Unbelievable...How Can This Stuff Happen In America?
1. January 2000: Kathleen
Robertson of Austin Texas was awarded $780,000.00 by a jury of her
peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was
running amok inside a furniture store. The owners of the
store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering
the misbehaving tike was Ms. Robertson's son.|
2. June 1998: A 19 year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won
$74,000.00 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran his
hand over with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't
notice someone was at the wheel of the car whose hubcap he was
trying to steal.
3. October 1998: A Terrence Dickson of Bristol, PA, was
exiting a house he finished robbing by way of the garage. He
was not able to get the garage door to go up, the automatic door
opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't reenter 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 Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog
food. This upset Mr. Dickson, so he sued the homeowner's
insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish.
The jury agreed to the tune of half a million dollars.
4. October 1999: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, AK was
awarded $14,500.00 and medical expenses after being bitten on the
buttocks by his next door neighbor's beagle. The
beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced-in yard, as was
Mr. Williams. The award was less than sought after
because the jury felt the dog may have been provoked by Mr.
Williams who, at the time, was shooting it repeatedly with a
5. May 2000: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay
Amber Carson of Lancaster, PA, $113,500.00 after she slipped on a
spilled soft drink and broke her coccyx. The beverage was on
the floor because Ms. Carson threw it at her boyfriend 30 seconds
earlier during an argument.
6. December 1997: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware,
successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city
when she fell from the
bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth.
This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the
window in the lady's room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge.
She was awarded $12,000.00 and dental expenses.
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