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post #1 of 39
Thread Starter 
A New York City attorney, representing 7 clients, is claiming that fast food restaurants "lured" his clients into eating high-fat foods, causing their obesity. McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC are named as defendants.

I, for one, have never been "lured" into any restaurant. I suppose that employees sat on these people's chests and forced food down their throats, too.

William Shakespeare was right: "First, kill all the lawyers." WHEN are people going to take responsibility, for their own actions?

Now, you must excuse me. The Burger King around the corner is sending out its siren song.:LOL:
post #2 of 39
I guess Bally's and 24-Hour Fitness just didn't "lure" these people in to get off their fat butts. What a load of bovine manure.

Ya know what? "Just Say No" works for more than just drugs. I see those commercials and it does sound good to eat there, but I can say No to myself and eat something at home.

Hopefully the judge laughs in their faces, but it would be a sad day if they win this case. First smokers won't take responsibility for their choices, now fatties. Being in both groups, I think these claims are beyond ridiculous!
post #3 of 39
Gee, some people are just out to get something for nothing. To think this court time could be used to sentence actual criminals, like drunk drivers and animal abusers, instead of these idiots that think the world owes them something.
post #4 of 39
Here's more....

The "Stella" Awards are very similar the Darwin awards. Stella Liebeck
> is the 81 year old lady who spilled coffee on herself and sued
> This case inspired an annual award- The "Stella" Award - for the most

> frivolous lawsuits in the U.S. The following are 2000-2001
> 1. January 2000: Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded
> $780,000 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
> were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the
> little child was Ms. Robertson's son.
> 2. June 1998: 19 year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and
> medical expenses when his neighbor ran over Carl's hand with his
> Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the
> wheel of the car when trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.
> 3. October 1998: Terrence Dickinson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was
> leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He
> not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door
> was malfunctioning. He couldn't reenter the house because the door
> connecting the house and garage had locked when he pulled it shut. As
> family was on vacation, Mr.Dickson found himself locked in the garage
> eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found there and a
> 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
> half a million dollars.
> 4. October 1999: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas was awarded
> $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by
> next door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's

> fenced-in yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt
> dog might have been just a little provoked at the time by Mr.
> who was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.
> 5. May 2000: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber
> of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500 after she slipped on a soft
> and broke her coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms.
> threw it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
> 6. December 1997: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully
> the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from
> 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
> ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded
> $12,000 and dental expenses.
> And the winner is:
> Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City. In November 2000 Mr. Grazinski
> purchased a brand new 32 foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip

> home, having entered the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph
> calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a
cup of
> coffee. Not surprisingly the Winnie left the freeway, crashed and
> overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the
> handbook that he couldn't actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000
> new Winnie. (Winnebago has actually changed their handbooks as a
result of
> this court case, just in case there are any other complete morons
> their vehicles.)
post #5 of 39
Not to be a grump-bunny...but I always feel bad when people make fun of Stella for suing McDonalds. For those of you who didn't know this.... she sued because the coffee caused burns so bad on her inner thighs and genitals that she had to have skin grafts. There is something seriously wrong when a restaurant serves a drink so hot that you get third degree burns and need to have skin grafts if it gets on your skin! Gee, I'll bet there isn't a single one of us who hasn't been clumsy and spilled a drink on ourselves... do we deserve to be seriously harmed and disfigured and to have to pay hefty doctor's and hospital bills because we spilled a drink? If the coffee didn't maim her, she would not have sued!
post #6 of 39
How stupid to sue because they got overweight! There was something mentioned on the news about a month or so ago how the fast-food chains need to put warnings about high fat content & such. Who'd be stupid enough to not realize how much fat is in the burgers & fries?
post #7 of 39
I have been "lured" into some of these fast food places, by their delicious looking food signs or advertisments, but noone twisted my arm...I think it is ridiculous to sue over something like that!!! Their are so many more important things to deal with in the world!!! These places are supposed to try and "lure" us in...that's just part of it...like someone else said, Just say no!!! (unless of course you don't want to, then it is your problem, not theirs...)
post #8 of 39
Oh this is just ludicrous!!! HOW can these people have the nerve to bring a matter like this into the courts?!!? "Oh hang on, I'm getting REEEEALLY fat.... it MUST be somebody elses fault... I know, I'll sue all the places where I eat!!!! " And as for that list... what a complete joke.... I couldn't believe nos. 3 & 4... I mean pleease!!! C'mon!! Its just like a case over here a while ago, a farmer and his wife were sleeping in thier house when they were woken at about 2;30am by strange noises in the house, being a farmer the husband had a gun, so took it and krept downstairs.... only to find a burgler in his house (who had also killed some of the farmers cattle I think, so the husband shot in panic..... and now the burglar has taken the husband to court and he is being charged with Manslaughter...
post #9 of 39
I'm taking my cat to court for being to damn cute :tounge2: When I could be outside I'm indoors loving her up with belly rubs and ear scratches. DO you think I have a case?

I accept payment in catnip and Pussycat Express.
post #10 of 39
Thread Starter 
Maybe, I should sue the Humane Society. They "lured" me into adopting Rowdy and, this morning, she wouldn't let me sleep. If I screw up at work today and get fired - its the HS fault, right?
post #11 of 39
Thread Starter 
One of the plaintiffs, from this ridiculous case, was on MSNBC.

He claims that he didn't know that fatty fast food was bad for him, until he had his first heart attack, in 1996. WHAT rock had he been living under?

The lawyer was on there, too. This is, obviously, a guy scrounging for cases: weed-whacker haircut, thrift shop reject suit and humongous fake diamond earstud. Definitely, NOT Harvard Law School!

If nothing else, this should give Leno and Letterman some fodder.
post #12 of 39
Thread Starter 
Citing the Americans With Disabiliteis Act, an Orlando man has sued the Wildside Adult Sports Cabaret in West Palm Beach. The section of the club reserved for men who want one-on-one nude lap dances isn't accessible to hiswheelchair.

The club does have hndicapped parking and restrooms and he CAN have a lap dance at his table. He says that his rights are being violated because he can't go to the semiprivate room and have women rub up against him there.

I'll bet that he's one of those Floridians, who can't poke a hole in a piece of paper, either!
post #13 of 39
Maybe in a few years, we can all sue Starbuck's, Coffee People, Seattle's Best, Diedrich's, etc. when we have withdrawal symptoms when we go without our Triple Espresso Latte Mocha Cappacino for 1 day.
post #14 of 39
Can I sue my school because I don't think I'm getting enough sleep? I'm breaking my back with all my workbooks? They only serve filth in the cafeteria? j/k...
post #15 of 39
Originally posted by katl8e

If nothing else, this should give Leno and Letterman some fodder.
You were right!! I was watching Jay Leno tonight...and he mentioned the lawsuit against the fast food chains, and how the man claimed they had made him fat and was suing.
He then rolled his eyes and said, "What's next...a man suing Budweiser because of all the ugly women he had to sleep with?"
:laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

I thought that was funny!!!
post #16 of 39
Did you see the one about how a lady is suing Delta Airlines? Her suitcase was vibrating. They had her remove the object, which was a sex toy. She's suing them because of the way they treated her -- some of the attendants started laughing. Now, the conduct was unprofessional if you ask me.
post #17 of 39
Heard about the Delta lawsuit. Apparently they searched her suitcase because they feared it contained a "weapon". Hmmm....had no idea that's what they called it these days!! LOL:laughing: I guess when they discovered what was in the suitcase, one stewardess held it up and waved it around for all to see...now, that would be embarrassing! (that's the story that reached us down here. I'm not sure who went throuhg the suitcase, her or them). But, on the other hand....how in the world can you keep a straight face when something like this happens? I wouldn't have laughed at her (I don't think) but...I probably would have laughed at the situation.
post #18 of 39
Oooops! Forgot. Apparently these lawsuits are causing some fast food chains to put warnings on billboards and advertisements explaining that too much fast food can be unhealthy for you and may cause weight gain. Whew! Glad they are doing that because I really had no idea!!!!
post #19 of 39
If you are going to travel with one of those "devices", for goodness sake, take the batteries out! This doesn't seem like rocket science to me, but then again, I'm not a rocket scientist. :laughing2: Perhaps they didn't handle the situation correctly, with the laughing and waving (although my guess would be that part is at least slightly exaggerated), but is it really worth a law suit? Yes, it would definitely be embarassing. I guess I'm also of the opinion that I really don't care what complete strangers think of me. If she was embarassed that they were showing the 10-15 people in the area what she had, why would you bring it to court where the WHOLE WORLD will know that you travel with your personal "weapon"? LOL

Sounds like yet another case of greed getting the better of her.
post #20 of 39
You know I was thinking the same thing!! If you were that embaressed, why take it to the COURTS for everyone to hear of!?!!?
post #21 of 39
I too was thinking the same thing...if it's that embarassing, (which it would be) why take it any further....just let it drop! And I agree...taking the batteries out would have been a darn good idea!!! :laughing: Those little buggers have a mind of their own!!! (not that I would know)... :LOL: :laughing:

I still like Jay Leno's comment last night about the next thing being a man suing Budweiser for all the ugly women he had to sleep with!
post #22 of 39
Originally posted by Debby
Those little buggers have a mind of their own!!! (not that I would know)... :LOL: :laughing:
Sure, Debby! :LOL: :laughing2

I think the lawsuit is kinda stupid, too. Although, I don't know why they just didn't take her word for it ...... Oh well!
post #23 of 39
Originally posted by Tigger

Sure, Debby! :LOL: :laughing2
Lately I'm thinking maybe that's what I SHOULD have done!! I would be in alot less misery right now... :LOL: :laughing: (J/K)
post #24 of 39
post #25 of 39
Thread Starter 
Really, Debbie: they're never tired, don't snore and don't steal the covers! Also, they keep s/os humble. You tell them that they can be replaced, by an electrical appliance!:LOL:
post #26 of 39
Just like we're replaced during football/basketball/hockey/baseball season by the TV. :laughing:
post #27 of 39
Just start up one of those devices, and I bet sports becomes less of a priority! :LOL: (Although, I have to admit, I'm usually the one shushing hubby when hockey or football is on. We mutually shush during NASCAR depending on who's driver is being talked about. )

Debby, I liked what Leno said, too. If suing the liquer manufacturer's for the regrets in choices ever comes about - I'd have a couple pretty good cases!
post #28 of 39
LOL, Heidi!! If you go back several years, I would too!! :laughing:

And guys, you have a point about the "replacement" except...it won't take out the trash or mow the yard, so I guess we still need the men around... :LOL:
post #29 of 39
I just saw on the TV, that there will be a story about the guy who is suing the fast food places for making him fat, tonight on the CBS evening news. Just thought somone might want to watch it!
post #30 of 39
I would have died laughing if I had been there for the incident with the "device." How could you not?
Did you hear about the idiot who shot himself in the head with HIS OWN SHOTGUN while duck hunting in a canoe? Apparently this genius shot a duck, and didn't kill it. He needed something to finish it off with, and instead of using the perfectly good oar, he grabs up his $1200 Ruger shotgun by the barrell and whacks the duck with the butt end of it. He smacks the trigger guard on the edge of the canoe, bending it, causing the trigger to pull, and the shotgun to go off, shooting this guy in the head. DEAD! His wife sued Ruger Firearms and won, $2,900,000. This guy had to really come down hard to bend a Ruger trigger guard. He was using this shotgun for a club, an extremely unsafe thing to do. Under normal use, even hard use, you just can't hardly bend anything Ruger makes. Gee, you really can die of stupidity!!!
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