The annual "Stella Awards"!

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    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 understandably surprised 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 wa s someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hub caps.

    Go ahead, grab your head scratcher.

    5TH PLACE :

    Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, 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 for 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 Stellas 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.

    Grrrrr ... Scratch, scratch.

    3RD PLACE :

    Third place goes to Amber Carson of Lancaster , Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113, 500 after she slipped on a spilled soft dri nk 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. What ever happened to people being responsible for their own actions ?

    Scratch, scratch, scratch. Hang in there; there are only two more Stellas 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 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.

    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 onto 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 Oklah oma 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, getting more stupid...???? :roll:
  2. yes...fraid so advice jump on a plane and come back to the old world!!!
  3. The Stella Liebeck story is a bit more complicated than the pro-corporation masked as silly lawsuit crowd will admit.

    McDonald's knew that their coffee was considered far too hot by industry standards--compared to Burger King, Wendy's, etc., and that their cups might not be up to standard for that temp.

    Depositions and internal McD documents obtained by the defense showed that the company was concerned about the hot temp and inadequate cups harming customers months before the incident. That's how she won damages.

    It does mitigate the outrage.
  4. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    I agree with you on this one.

    As a matter of fact, I should have run it by Snopes. Like the Darwin awards, some 'Urban Legends' could be added.

    From what I can read there, and in the sources provided by other posters, no proof can be found in court records of the listed settlements; however, doesn't actually disprove them either.

    In any case, here in the USA, with our over abundance of civil law lawyers and 'sue them all,' mind set. One can pick up the 'paper' and read such rivolous lawsuits and settlements almost daily. :roll:
  5. scaryspice

    scaryspice LE Moderator

    Clearly Trip you know nothing about this case and choose to believe the sensationalist version.

    Mrs Liebeck wasn't actually driving when she took the lid off her McDonald's coffee. Her grandson was driving the car, and he had pulled over to stop so she could add cream and sugar to the cup.

    She suffered third degree burns and needed two years of treatment and rehabilitation, including skin grafts. McDonald's refused an offer to settle with her for $20,000 in medical costs.

    McDonalds had specified their coffee should be served at 180-190 deg F. Liquids at this sort of temperatures cause third degree burns in 2-7 seconds and usually cause permanent scarring.

    Apparently McDonalds had files of more than 700 similar cases on record during the ten years before Mrs Liebeck was burned.

    I could go on but I won't because it's really easy to look up for yourself HERE

    I'm afraid the whole substance of your post is simply an urban legend as others have pointed out. There's no such thing as the Stella awards in this context and none of the cases you have quoted actually existed other than the unfortunate Mrs Liebeck's.
  6. Fugly

    Fugly LE DirtyBAT

    First candidate for the "TripWire Awards"?

    Dedicated in honour of gullible fools everywhere, who post every single spam email they recieve, no matter how utterly shite.
  7. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP


    May I point out my message content here.:


    "I agree with you on this one".

    Confirming to Virgil, that I agreed with his description of the event. Which didn't BTW mention she was driving. Yes, the article as written (By whom ever) does say she was driving, which isn't factual, but apparently suited the story teller's version of the event better.

    As a matter of fact, I should have run it by Snopes. Like the Darwin awards, some 'Urban Legends' could be added.

    "From what I can read there, and in the sources provided by other posters, no proof can be found in court records of the listed settlements; however, doesn't actually disprove them either."

    They didn't disprove them as there were no records found. Right? I tend to agree, that they didn't happen and/or the truth may have been stretched a lot to make them more interesting and/or more humorous and poke fun at our Civil trial system and civil suit dollar settlements in general.

    In any case, here in the USA, with our over abundance of civil law lawyers and 'sue them all,' mind set. One can pick up the 'paper' and read such rivolous lawsuits and settlements almost daily.

    As a matter of fact, SS, I don't consider these types of 'Reports' (?) to be factual at all! I look at them as humor only! So, I seldom check out the facts, as they are given, since in most cases I have doubts about them myself.

    I pass them on as just that HUMOR! I guess in your opinion, you and a few others didn't find any humor in the post. We all have such opinions of others articles and postings. If you really don't like it, your a 'Mod' delete it. You have the power ... right?

    Actually, IMHO anybody that drinks, steaming hot coffee out of the type of cup, that any of the fast food places, use in a moving vehicle (Stopped so she could add Cream & Sugar.) or vehicle period, lacks common sense, and is inviting accidents of the type that happened.

    One needs to take responsibility for their own acts of carelessness and lack of good judgment, in my mind. There are cups and/or mugs designed to drink out of in vehicles and/or moving vehicles. (I keep two in my vehicle.)

    I read the American newspapers and see and hear the American TV as well as the American radio each and every day. Do you? I hear many of the same type judgments and/or civil settlements every day. Some would make the ones in this report look smart.

    Yes, I was aware of the details in the 'Stella Liebeck' case. I also have drank coffee out of Mickey D's cups and other fast food cups and have never been burned, or spilled the contents in my lap. (Both after and before the suit.) Of course, I never do this in a moving vehicle. :wink:

    Oh! BTW is posting 'Urban legends' prohibited SS?
  8. scaryspice

    scaryspice LE Moderator

    As far as we can see Trip, you wrote the quoted article (or at least the comments in it) yourself since there is no attribution to any source. It does, like many of your cut and pastes, read as though you added the comments (may I have a fanfare played please....) yourself. If you're going to cut and paste like this then accept the consequences when your facts are wrong.

    So the fact that this is quoted all over the internet as a fake isn't good enough for you? No records found so that doesn't disprove these cases could be true? Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.

    Then SAY so Trip - don't just quote the whole thing with no comment. Better still just don't cut and paste random articles at all.

    I don't delete things simply because I don't like them. I don't like your habit of cutting and pasting random articles about absolutely anything all the time in this forum - no. I have asked you not to do it so often. Just once it would be nice if you could start a thread without having to quote an article or cut and paste someone else's point of view. I'm sure you think it's interesting but 9 times out of 10 it really isn't.

    Pity you didn't express some of this opinion before - it's much more valid than a load of cut and paste.

    No I don't (thank God) have to subject myself to the American "meeja" on a daily basis. So what? I shall continue to comment on your (and others) reading of it if I feel it appropriate to do so.

    Then why did you post a load of incorrect drivel about it?

    When you post them as "factual reporting" in a serious forum, yes. However you may try to wriggle out of this Trip, your original post which simply quoted the article with no attribution and no further comment did lokk exactly like that.

    Now how about a weekend free of cut and paste topic starters?
  9. Why bother making them up?
    This is the Stella awards web site, where all the cases have been verified as real.

    Just a few of the cases below, proving the truth is often stranger than fiction.

    Professional big game hunter goes on safari and shoots a lion. It didn't drop dead immediately since he was loaded for rhino and hippo, not lion, and he's mauled. Whose fault is it that the "professional" hunter has the wrong ammo? Why, the ammo manufacturer, of course! He sues.

    Baseball heckler so abusive that fans near him complain, so team asks him privately to quiet down a bit, please. No way, he says -- the team is violating his freedom of speech! He sues.

    State inmate sues prison system claiming they're not letting him practice his religion -- he's a Druid Vampire, and must be allowed sexual access to a "vampress".

    Singer James Brown's daughters sue him, claiming they are entitled to royalties for "helping" him write his songs -- when they were as young as 3 years old.

    America -- and the world -- was shocked by how widespread the cases of priests sexually abusing children were. In this instance, the priest was upset that one of his victims came forward and told a newspaper the story of being repeatedly raped -- so he sued his victim for not keeping his mouth shut.
  10. scaryspice

    scaryspice LE Moderator

    The owner of the "Real stella awards" website is very clear that he does not want his copyright violated and that he only gives permission for the 2007 award to be posted in a particular format which may not be altered. This is it (all his words not mine):
    This is what they have to say about the bogus awards quoted by Trip above BOGUS AWARDS
  11. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

  12. I wonder why trip bothers posting anything on here. What ever it is he gets a reaming. Its nice to see scary spice (MOD) having a random poke.

    Its the interweb, it was mildly interesting and certainly didn't require the effort you put in to giving him shoite. Go to the fecking pub or something

    Tsk Tsk
  13. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    She pointed out that Trip does little more than post cut and pastes. Scary called him on it. Scary was right and you're wrong.

    Live with it.
  14. I too wonder why Trip bothers posting here, but for totally different reasons. We all got a feel for the fact that he's a mong with nothing to say for himself ages ago- now he's just labouring the point.
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