The Stella Awards

I just got this email from my dad, funny stuff, all is explaned in the following email

2005 Stella Awards!
Time once again to review the winners of the Annual “Stella Awards.” The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald’s (in NM). That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous, successful lawsuits in the United States

Here are this year’s winners:

5th Place (tie):
Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peersafter 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 little toddler was Ms. Robertson’s son.

5th Place (tie):
19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.

5th Place (tie):
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 couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large 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 $500,000. In my opinion this is so outrageous that it should have been 2nd Place!

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 neighbor’s beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence into the yard and 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

Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the 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 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 Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand 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 into the back & make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000. plus a new motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete morons around.

Makes me wonder if this is where Stella got his name, and if I can sue Blender Foundation for undue mental anguish because of the interface, cuz I wouldn’t mind the money. Atleast McDonalds has “Warning: Hot Coffee” on their cups. Blender doesn’t have a “Warning: Confusing Interface” on it. I was thinking of sueing to get my phone replaced after I accadently sent it through the wash, because I’m pritty sure that they don’t say in the manul “Do not send your phone through a washer and drier” I liked that phone too.




Ha, ha. Awsome thread Katsuro. Really funny.

[lol]O, and suing blender is not an option, because the software is provided “as-is” and without warranty.[/lol]

Good stuff… what is your source? This says different…

Ya, I read it years before with different names.

Surely source material for animated shorts…!!

(Thats short animations, not animated underpants or other apparel, in case I get sued by makers of said underwear…)

theres actually a site dedicated to stupid american lawsuits… Real ones too.

People getting millions because they pulled thier back while trying to open a jar, which was not part of her job discription :rolleyes:

i heard two of them. one was the number one, but I thought it was a coffe.

so now I am wondering if it is fake or just bit different because people heard it from people… and so on.

but they are awsome anyway

These have been debunked as urban legends

An actual thing that I noticed, and is probably influenced by these sorts of rumours/cases.

We have a VW Passat (saloon car). In the manual under the section for the Electronic Stability Program (read advanced traction control), it has a disclaimer, with words to the effect of:

Use of ESP does not circumvent the Laws of Physics. This is especially true in icy conditions.

Cracked me up that they felt the need to remind people that traction control isn’t magic…

Maybe I should be worried instead.


Stabiblity control eh? That takes all the fun out of driving, especially when you can drift your car through a stopsign, turn it 90 degress to the left, and continue on your way to school, in icy conditions. That, by the way, is fun, though, my passenger wasn’t too happy with me. Anyways, for my ontopicnes, only some of these have. I have seen a few of them in out local newspaper, like the guy lockinghim self in the garage, but then again, our newspaper isn’t know for its accuracy.