[Rushtalk] It's time again for the Annual 'Stella Awards'!

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Mon Nov 11 22:41:17 MST 2013


At 06:33 PM 11/11/2013 -0800, Stephen A. Frye wrote:


>All fake (other than McDonalds).

If you'da followed that link I posted, you'd know that that 
Micky-dee's thing wasn't as we all were told either.

>Have been circulating on the internet for 10 or 15 years.
>
>From: rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com [mailto:rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com] 
>On Behalf Of Carl Spitzer
>Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2013 5:14 PM
>To: Rushtalk
>Subject: [Rushtalk] It's time again for the Annual 'Stella Awards'!
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>From: Errol Phillips <<mailto:ep at pinehurst2.com>ep at pinehurst2.com>
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>It's time again for the Annual 'Stella Awards'!
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>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 coffee.
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>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.
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>Here are the Stellas for 2012:
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>SEVENTH PLACE
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>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.
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>Start scratching!
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>SIXTH PLACE
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>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.
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>Scratch some more...
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>FIFTH PLACE
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>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 and survive 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...
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>Double hand scratching after this one..
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>FOURTH PLACE
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>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.
>
>Pick a new spot to scratch, you're getting a bald spot..
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>  THIRD PLACE
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>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.
>
>Only two more so ease up on the scratching...
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>SECOND PLACE
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>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.
>
>Ok. Here we go!!
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>FIRST PLACE
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>This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv 
>Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased 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.
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>If you think the court system is out of control, be sure to pass this one on.
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>Don't you think it's time for Tort Reform ?
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>
>Errol Phillips
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><https://twitter.com/ErrolPhillips>
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