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Old 07-31-03, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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sad but true but funny as fu*K

Only in the US...THE STELLA AWARDS 2002

It's once again time to review the winners of the annual Stella awards.



The Stella's are named after 81 year old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued Macdonald's._ That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States._

Unfortunately the most recent lawsuit implicating Macdonald's, the teens who allege that eating at Macdonald's has made them fat, was filed after the 2002 award voting was closed._ This suit will top the 2003 awards list without question.



5th place (Tied).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 store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving toddler was MsRobertson's son.



5th place (Tied).19 year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbour ran over his hand with a Honda Accord._ Mr Truman apparently did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal the hubcaps.



5th place (Tied).Terrence Dickson of Bristol Pennsylvania was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage._ He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He could_ not re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut._ The family were on vacation and Mr Dickson found himself locked in the garage for 8 days._ He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found and a large bag of dry dog food._ He sued the house owner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The Jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.



4th place.Jerry Williams of Little Rock Arkansas was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbours Beagle dog._ The Beagle was on a chain in its owners fenced yard. The award_ was less than sought because the jury felt that the Beagle might have_ been a little provoked at the time as Mr Williams who had climbed over the_ fence into the yard was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.



3rd place.A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx_ (tailbone)._ The beverage was on the floor because Ms Carson had thrown it_ at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.



2nd place.Kara Walton of Claymont Delaware sued the owner of a Night Club in a neighbouring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out two of her front teeth._ This occurred whilst Ms Walton wast rying to sneak out of the window in the Ladies Room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge._ She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.



1st Place.

This year's runaway winner was Mr Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City Oklahoma._ Mr Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago Motor Home._ On his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the Freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee._ Not surprisingly the RV left the Freeway, crashed and overturned._ Mr.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him that in the owner's manual that he ! could not actually do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago Motor Home._ The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit just in case there was any other complete morons buying their recreation vehicles.

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Old 07-31-03, 09:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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HOLY CRAP. some really stupid people in this world.
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hahahahaha!

damn morons! i hate dummys like that
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i know...there are so many of them though, and guess where they all seem to congregate????????

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this has got to be a joke....."roll eyes"....but then again....i never had much hope for the human race.
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the Winnebago is a hoax, it's made up and has been circulating the internet for years (i think i first heard it about 8 years ago, check snopes.com for an origin date). many of the others are true.

for the TRUE stella awards (they are researched) check out http://www.truestellaawards.com/ they email cases directly to you.
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sorry to disapoint you but these are 100% true stories. i know how u feel. i go to the zoo and i see feeder fish with more sense
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here's the Winnebago case debunked on snopes http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/cruise.asp

they even mention his name. I know I've received the Winnebago story in my inbox for years now. It's not true.
most of the other stories are true. (such as the girl sneaking out of the night club)

here's more fakes http://www.truestellaawards.com/bogus.html
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regardless, these are some real idiots
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I would actually be interested in suing one of these people for being stupid and hurting our gene pool. haha... can you sue someone for ignorance?
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lol, thats funny stuff, its kinda hard to believe.

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Those people are so dumb. And whats' worse is the judges actually let them win! ...Paul le snake.. you see feeder fish at the zoo? Lol. jk.
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LordKovacs, you could prolly only sue them if you lived in the states..

Mind you, who says you'd have to work a day in your life.. just run around suing the pants off anyone who looks at you the wrong way :P..

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Ya but our taxes pay if they can't!!!!!
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Those are some dumb-a$$,but rich M-F'rs!!!
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