Wednesday, April 13, 2005

False Alarm

At first I thought this story might be a harbinger of some semblance of personal responsibility returning to our lawsuit crazed society, but I was mistaken. It appears that the woman was probably just lying.

She originally claimed to have found a human finger in her Wendy’s chili. She hasn’t backed away from her claim, but she has now decided not to sue the restaurant.

These paragraphs are telling:

Court records show Ayala has a history of making claims against corporations, including a former employer, General Motors and a fast-food restaurant. She acknowledged getting a settlement several years ago after her daughter was sickened at a Las Vegas restaurant.

''Lies, lies, lies, that's all I am hearing,'' she said last week after her home was searched last week by police. ''They should look at Wendy's. What are they hiding? Why are we being victimized again and again?''

I don’t know all the facts on this case, and perhaps I’m jumping to conclusions, but had this woman actually found a finger in her chili, it wouldn’t take an all-star lawyer to get her a hefty settlement with Wendy’s. Instead, she’s backing down because the process thus far has ''been very difficult for her emotionally.''

Give me a break.

Had she actually found a finger in her meal, gotten deathly sick and spent a week in the hospital I’d say go ahead and sue Wendy’s. However, what basis has she to sue just for finding a finger and suffering nothing but some sort of vague emotional harm?