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Mal ein FundstĂŒck aus einem von meinen anderen Foren, wo ich mich rumtreibe. Wers nicht ĂŒbersetzen kann, der kann auch nach "Stella Awards" googlen, da gibts auch auf deutsch ein paar kuriose FĂ€lle :lol:
Ich find persönlich Platz 7 und Platz 3 grandios dÀmlich...

Stella Awards
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. These are also
the people that vote in this country!

Here are the Stella's for the past year:

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.

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Ang eles , 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.

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...

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 nex t 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.

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 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. 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...

Kara Walton, of Claymont , Delaware sued the owner of a night club in
a nearby city because she fell fr om the bathroom win dow 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 free way,
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 Ok lahoma 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. (It is hard to believe that there
is anyone out there that is dumb enough to do this?!)

Perdikkas a.k.a. Thorsten Schillo

"Here you are, immortalized as a paragon of the Hellenistic world on the eve of its eclipse by those upstart Romans."


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