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Friday, January 07, 2005

Frivolous Lawsuits... Will it ever end?

Why is it that Americans are so quick to want to sue? It used to be that lawsuits were used to settle civil matters in a fair and impartial way, like where the land boundary was or who got what in a divorce settlement. Now it seems as though every time we turn around we're hearing about someone suing just to make a little money or to make a point. I was driving to work this morning and they always have interesting news tidbits on the Chuck and Jenna show, which I listen to in the mornings to keep me from falling asleep on my way to work. The last one is always the most wierd, obsolete thing they could find, and today it was about this guy that hand-wrote a lawsuit against NBC. He is asking for $2.5 million in damages for pain and suffering caused by an episode of Fear Factor where they put rats in a blender and had the contestants eat them. He says that it made him vomit and become nauseous, lose his balance, and hit his head on a doorway. ARE YOU KIDDING ME ??? CHANGE THE CHANNEL!! I usually never hear about that stuff again, but as Im sitting at work trying to get through yet another duty day with very little to do I came across an article about it in the Washington Post. It even made legitimate news. Here's the link to the article.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54868-2005Jan6.html

When will Americans stop abusing our legal system and let it work for what it's meant to be used? This is worse than the guy suing the owners of a house he broke into because he fell and hurt himself while he was inside. But the worst part of all of this is that people like this are WINNING! Burgler won, McDonald's coffee lady won... it will be interesting to see if Rat Man wins too.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Jesus! And I mean that in a truly spiritualistic-prayer sense. I don't understand this, either. The coffee lady killed me - it's coffee. It's usually hot. Most of us know not to spill it on any sensitive regions. Do you stick your hand into the boiling water on the stove to pull the pasta out? No!!! Get a life and get a job so that you're not relying on the funds from crazy lawsuits to fund your idiotic life!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Jesus! And I mean that in a truly spiritualistic-prayer sense. I don't understand this, either. The coffee lady killed me - it's coffee. It's usually hot. Most of us know not to spill it on any sensitive regions. Do you stick your hand into the boiling water on the stove to pull the pasta out? No!!! Get a life and get a job so that you're not relying on the funds from crazy lawsuits to fund your idiotic life!

Mollina said...

That "Anonymous" post was me. Stupid default.

katielady said...

It never ceases to amaze me the things people think they can get away with. The problem is, most of the time they DO get away with it. It's enough to make your blood boil....