I wanted to write about this yesterday, but I didn’t have a chance to look up the article and get all the details.
In 2008, a customer walked into a Starbucks, slipped on a just mopped floor, hit his head on the counter, and last Friday he was awarded nearly $7 million by a San Diego jury. Apparently, the guy has suffered “extreme fatigue, bad headaches, and side effects from medication”, and he has not been able to return to his job as a chiropractor.
First, let me say that I do feel bad for the guy. Paul J. and Chris didn’t mention whether the store had placed those little “Slippery when wet” orange cones, or maybe the cones were there but the guy was blind – which didn’t make much sense if he was a chiropractor, but hey, this is America, everything is possible (as proved by the very $7 million settlement we’re discussing here). But no, the cone was there, it was just “behind the spill and it wasn’t right next to it”. In that case, then.
Not only that, but his wife received $1 million “for loss of consortium, or the loss of her husband’s love, companionship, comfort and care”. I don’t know, tons of people lose that for various reasons and they get squat for their loss.
I think it’s sad that people get rewarded for not being careful and aware of their surroundings. Next time I crash my car I’ll have to look real hard for a way to cash-in on my stupidity.
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