The Stella Awards

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    The Stella Awards

    Proof of entitlement mentality

    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. 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.

    Here are the Stella's for the past year:

    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 store owners were understandablysurprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own
    son.

    6TH 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.


    5TH 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 f or his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish. Keep
    scratching. There are more...

    4TH 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 becaus e Williams had
    climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with
    a pellet gun.
    Grrrrr ... Scratch, scratch.

    3RD 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 t he floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds
    earlier during an argument. What ever happened to people being responsible
    for their own actions?
    Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there; there are only two more
    Stella's to go...


    2ND 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 win dow 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.

    1ST 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 drive r'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, becoming more stupid...?