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Stella awards

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by PJ, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. PJ

    PJ Well-Known Member

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    *NB. some I've heard before some are new.....
    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 hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's (in NM). That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous, 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 tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at

    the verdict, considering the misbehavin little toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.
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    6th Place : 19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses 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 was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps. **************************

    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 was malfunctioning. 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, and 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. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000. In my opinion this is so outrageous that it should have been 2nd Place! You'll see why it doesn't remotely come close to First Place as you read on!
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    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 neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than originally sought, because the jury felt the dog
    might have been just a little provoked at the time, by Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence in to the
    yard and was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.
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    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 coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an
    argument.
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    2nd Place: 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 ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.
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    1st Place: This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, (from an OU football game), having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back & make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home.
    The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete morons around.
     
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    When do this year's Darwin awards get announced?
     
  3. Volley

    Volley Well-Known Member

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    b b b b b bullsh*t.
     
  4. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The American law system is a joke and I am sure that some of those cases have some basis in fact. The Winnebago has been doing the rounds for years though.
     
  5. PJ

    PJ Well-Known Member

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    yeah CW I've heard the Winnebago one a few times. While I am inclined to think the same thing Volley nothing much would surprise me about the legal system- any system that protects scum like paedophiles you really have to question!
     
  6. earl

    earl Active Member

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    Those Stella awards are way old. the winnebago is a true one.
    The best Darwin ive heard is suffocating in Elephant poo while trying to give it a suppository.
     
  7. Narcissus

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    Yep... I'm sure we had this discussion last year about the Stella awards because I remember getting into an argument about the situation that Stella herself was in.

    I'm not going to go into it again, suffice to say that I believe that naming the awards after her is not exactly fair.

    Anyway, flame on!
     
  8. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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