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Subject: [Leica] Off Topic--Stella Awards
From: wildlightphoto at (wildlightphoto at
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:22:30 -0500

I've just figured out how to pay for an S2.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

Original Message:
From: Steven Beckham ecoprof10 at
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 08:52:44 -0600
To: lug at
Subject: [Leica] Off Topic--Stella Awards


I know that this is way off base, but I had to share this after getting
this in the office email.  Enjoy ( I think).

*     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 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 Stellas for this 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

Start scratching!


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 was  someone at the wheel of the car when he
was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

Scratch some more...


Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, who 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 and survive 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...

Double hand scratching after this one..


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 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.

Pick a new spot to scratch, you're getting a bald spot..


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?

Only two more so ease up  on the scratching...


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.

Ok. Here  we go!!

*** FIRST  PLACE ***

This  year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv
Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago
motor home. On her first trip home, from an  OU football game, having
driven on to 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 Oklahoma 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.

If you think the court system is out of control, be sure to pass this one

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