The Stella Awards

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It's time once again to review the winners of the Annual "Stella Awards." The Stella Awards are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck of New Mexico who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case inspired the Stella awards for the most frivolous, ridiculous, successful lawsuits in the United States. Here are this year's winners:

7th Place: 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 owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving little toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.

6th Place: 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: 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.

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 argument.

2nd Place: 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 drivers 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.

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by TheSkeptic S. 1+ years ago

All of these are untrue. None of them happened. Go to Snopes.com. Still very amusing though.

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by Cesar R. 1+ years ago

God... how corrupt IS our court system?

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by frank c. 1+ years ago

if i was the home owner of the 5th one i would have just killed the thief in my garage and blamed it on self defense im not about to pay a thief its not survivor lol

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by John E. 1+ years ago

it should be Lucky Bastards not Stella Awards

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by quanisha b. 1+ years ago

I know how you feel

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by Kevin D. 1+ years ago

Many of these are not true, including the # 1 supposedly "true" lawsuit. Don't be so gullible.

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by Elijah P. 1+ years ago

"Reverse Darwinism. Survival of The Most Idiotic." -quote from Sam Neill in Jurassic Park III

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by sk K. 1+ years ago

Not a single one of these are true, I looked them all up. All are Urban Legends and even the "Stella" part is only somewhat accurate there is a lot more to her story. Just for the record, those of you who posted some of the "what idiots people are" comments should now know who the real idiots are...you.

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by Felicia D. 1+ years ago

are these situations true??

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by Aimee K. 1+ years ago

It makes me really mad that people are getting money for being stupid. The dude who was locked in the house should have went to jail for trying to rob it.

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by Jackie O. 1+ years ago

Your comment is almost as funny (and unfortunately true) as the joke.

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by laurence b. 1+ years ago

Is this true, it makes no sense to me that any of thee cases could be won. hell i can't believe they were even taken to court.

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by j d. 1+ years ago

I genuinely hope that the readers know that most of this stuff is fiction ... except the Mc.Dics one

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by Owen M. 1+ years ago

the last one sounds fair enough; the name cruise control implies that it takes control of the car for you and the confusing naming caused this woman to crash

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by Cerberus 666 1+ years ago

its shit like this that is making me go into law. to ban stupidity and order the extermination of the mentally asshole-ish

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by Jack A. 1+ years ago

I hate these people.

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by Betachief117 .. 1+ years ago

The dude who was locked in the garage while the family was on vacation, that was his own damn fault

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by Ashley S. 1+ years ago

lol... i dont think any of these people should've got money especially the man who tried to steal hubcaps!

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