Widower sues Wal-Mart, says bag caused death
A tragic series of events in Nebraska began when employees at the retail giant put too many items in 1 plastic sack, a lawsuit says.
A Nebraska widower is suing Wal-Mart (WMT) and the company that makes its plastic bags, claiming one bag that couldn't do the job set off a tragic series of events that ultimately led to his wife's death.
The Lincoln Journal Star brings us the story of Lynette Freis, who was shopping at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Bellevue, Neb., in 2010. Freis bought two 42-ounce cans of La Choy soy sauce and a 2-pound bag of rice, Lori Pilger reports.
The Wal-Mart cashier put all the items into one plastic bag, which broke as Freis was walking to her car. According to the lawsuit, one can of La Choy fell on Freis' foot, broke her toe and made a deep gash.
That break in the skin led to a serious infection that could not be banished even after two surgeries and many treatments of antibiotics, the lawsuit said, according to The Journal Star. Freis died in March 2011.
Her widower, William Freis, is now suing for about $650,000, saying Wal-Mart didn't properly train its workers to fill bags. He is also suing the maker and distributor of the bags.
A Wal-Mart spokesman told The Journal Star that the company is looking at the allegations and will respond in court. "Customer safety is a top priority, and we take it seriously anytime an injury is reported in one of our stores," the spokesman added.
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I notice that MSN has omitted a whole lot of important information about the real time frame here!
The case should be thrown out as frivolous at best.
People need to be made accountable for their own mistakes, not make them rich because of them!
So, every time I get a paper cut I should sue the paper mill? Or, every time I get an eyelash in my eye because I removed my contacts I should sue Bausch and Lomb?
It sounds as if this person waited too long to seek medical help or had a pre-existing condition to cause such a severe infection.
By the way, cashiers don't know how to bag items and they simply don't care. They get minimum wage for standing around and moving items from a conveyor belt and counting change (if they can even do this correctly.) I always have to bag my own items or re-bag them when they do such a poor job. Management does not care. They just want to get through their shift and get out.
That was 7.25 lbs in one bag. Would you be able to ask the counterperson, "Is this bag strong enough to handle this?" Then if they said yes and it broke, you could have a reason to sue. If you thought, boy is this ever heavy and didn't ask to put them in separate bags, then it could be your own fault. A person has to has some common sense in today's world.
If you think it may be too heavy, it probably is. If you don't care and it breaks; oh well, you should know better.
Sue the government for allowing Walmart to conduct business in America. Regulators should be sued, as well as the manager for not checking each bag for its strength before the day began.
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