It’s not the first time Apple has been sued for something, and it probably won’t be the last. While most lawsuits revolve around technology-related topics, such as patent cases, this case just screams “LOL” really loud in my ears.
A 83-year old woman from Queens, New York, is suing Apple after she walked face first into a glass door at a local Apple store. According to the lawsuit, Evelyn Paswall walked into the big glass doors at the Apple Store Manhasset on Long Island, and is now asking for $75,000 in medical expenses, plus $1 million in punitive damages for negligence. The lawsuit is beyond any amount of ‘ridiculousness’ I can actually place on it.
“Paswall claims that she didn’t realize that she was walking into a wall of glass as she approached the store, and says that she broke her nose as a result of the collision.”
Paswall’s attorney Derek T. Smith says that Apple should be paying more attention to the safety of the area, and less about trying to ‘be cool.’
“Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.”
What are we? Birds? Did Apple use too much Windex that day? Her lawsuit is claiming that “the Defendant was negligent in allowing a clear, see-through glass wall and/or door to exist without proper warning.”
Yeah… because Apple doesn’t have walls at the front of their stores. They just let everyone in while having it wide open, right? Maybe they use big garage doors at the store front like they do in buildings within some Asian cities, or perhaps it was expected that they had a steel cage in the front of the store, like at the mall. Perhaps the woman felt that the large glowing Apple that was in front of the building was actually floating in mid-air with some sort of Steve Jobs Jedi-mind power (Steve Jobs = Obi Wan?).
Yes, Apple has the responsibility to it’s customers to keep them in a safe environment while entering their store. Just as much so, as each individual person has the responsibility to watch where they are going. You’d think after seeing people move in an out of the store, she could get the hint that, much like every other store on the block (or the city), there is indeed a specific place to enter and exit a business from.
Or, maybe the 83-year old woman is having vision issues and is looking for an easy buck. Perhaps I’m just a bit unfair about this, but this lawsuit is just another example of the flaws in the American legal system, and yet again, another example of a con-artist grabbing money from a company because they know they’ll pay. – and Apple probably will pay too. I mean, let’s face it, They’ve got over $100 Billion in cash. What’s a million to a woman with a broken nose going to do?
This actually beats the other stupid lawsuit against Apple recently, which comes from a man who sued Apple because Siri didn’t work as well as it does in the commercials (you know, instant results with a professionally cut advertisement?). The only difference here, is that the woman actually has a case, which the man with Siri doesn’t have any case at all.
What do you think? I’m I being unfair here? Does this woman really deserve a million dollars because she couldn’t distinguish man-made structures better than a bird? Let us know your opinion in our comments section below…
As of Saturday warning strips had been posted on the glass at Apple’s Manhasset store.