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11/03/2005 08:05 PM ID: 51048 Permalink   

Man Sues Home Depot Because of Toilet Seat Glued to His Butt

 

A man in Boulder, Colorado, is suing Home Depot because he was the victim of a prankster who put glue on the toilet seat.

He is not suing because of the prank, but rather, because Home Depot employee's ignored his cries for help for about 15 minutes thinking it was a hoax.

The man was recovering from a heart bypass surgery and thought he was having another heart attack when he got stuck. Paramedics had to unbolt the seat and as they were taking him out of the store, he passed out.

 
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  Not surprising  
 
I have noticed that retail workers all over the place no longer believe that they are being paid to help people. It is really sad how lazy some people in this country are.
 
  by: kcking05     11/03/2005 08:09 PM     
  @kcking  
 
I can relate. A few of my friends went to a fast foor place one night to get dinner. Going through the drive-thru, we got our food, checked, and found the order very wrong. I wanted to go back and very sternly get it right. Others agreed, except one who was just disgusted that we wanted to do such a thing. His position was that we had no right to bring grief to the worker, who is not paid to deal with that. I was floored - what was the guy paid for if not to correctly take and fill an order? The idea now that the bare minimum is all that should be expected has really gotten ridiculous.
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     11/03/2005 08:21 PM     
  Hmm  
 
That's pathetic. All it would have taken is someone to go check. If the guy started laughing then yeah it's a prank. But if the guy is yelling his head off, you don't go back to sweeping the floor. You go see what is going on.
I saw a similar case like this at a Best Buy. A man was having a stroke and a customer had to call the ambulance because the worker that was standing there was "busy" talking to another customer.
 
  by: JonIsTheCrazyLizard     11/03/2005 08:23 PM     
  Not surprising  
 
I have noticed that retail workers all over the place no longer believe that they are being paid to help people. It is really sad how lazy some people in this country are.
 
  by: kcking05     11/03/2005 08:28 PM     
  flipside  
 
If you do help out, and you do somethign wrong or somethign goes wrong, you face getting sued and the store getting sued. Many stores are dropping the participants insurance that covers those kinds of things simply because its too expensive. If you want help, call 911 or emergency services its that simple.
 
  by: lauriesman     11/03/2005 08:41 PM     
  @lauriesman  
 
So if someone dies because the store didn't want to get sued that is ok with you? What you are talking about is different from someone at least going to see what is going on. If he were about to pay for something, they would have helped him.
 
  by: kcking05     11/03/2005 08:59 PM     
  Your logic  
 
Seems to disagree with this particular story as well. The very reason why he is suing them is because they DIDN'T respond to him. So in this case, that is what they did wrong.
 
  by: kcking05     11/03/2005 09:05 PM     
  surveillance?  
 
I'm sure they have some video of who entered/left the bathroom shortly before.

Find the moron that put the glue down and make 'em pay for the man's grief!
 
  by: intermix   11/03/2005 09:26 PM     
  He's suing them because...  
 
he is a 57 year old man who fell victim to a stupid prank and had to be rescued from the store - wheeled out "frightened and humiliated". Something has to give him his dignity back (money works nicely). After all, Home Depot left him there to "rot" for a whole 15 minutes.
 
  by: opinionated   11/03/2005 09:36 PM     
  Your logic  
 
Seems to disagree with this particular story as well. The very reason why he is suing them is because they DIDN'T respond to him. So in this case, that is what they did wrong.
 
  by: kcking05     11/03/2005 09:42 PM     
  Gotta love those lawsuits...  
 
You get sued if you try to help, you get sued if you don't. Your best bet is to pretend you don't notice. There's no crime in being hard of hearing!
 
  by: gnathon   11/03/2005 10:01 PM     
  I can't imagine  
 
anyone sitting on a public restroom seat without checking if it was clean or putting a seat cover down first. Yuck.
 
  by: lurker     11/03/2005 10:08 PM     
  @gnathon  
 
"You get sued if you try to help, you get sued if you don't. Your best bet is to pretend you don't notice. There's no crime in being hard of hearing!"

I really think that kind of logic is sadder than what happened. I will admit, there is no real law against it, but what if the man dies because he really did have a heartattack? Don't you think a lawsuit would result from that? Look the fact of the matter is that these employees are PAID to assist customers. They aren't volunteering their free time. The least someone could have done was make sure the man wasn't being attacked, robbed, dying, whatever. But to ignore him? Anything could have been happening.

Would you ignore a family member crying for help if you didn't know what was wrong? Why take that risk?
 
  by: kcking05     11/03/2005 10:13 PM     
  Good Samaritan law  
 
If the employee would have helped reasonably, and the "victim" injured himself more or something worse, the employee would have been protected.

I'm going ot always think lawsuit first though, and say i'm getting a manager. That way just in case its some man crying wolf or something lower (like a TV show) the manager could deal w/it. In fact though, when people here a manager is coming, they start to act right or leave...because everyone knows you don't mess w/managers. They'll call the police in a hot second.
 
  by: hotrock11     11/03/2005 10:15 PM     
  @gnathon  
 
"You get sued if you try to help, you get sued if you don't. Your best bet is to pretend you don't notice. There's no crime in being hard of hearing!"
What in the world is wrong with you??? If someone is in trouble your solution is to ignore it? Just as kcking05 said, what if the man actually had a medical condition and had a heart attack or stroke and YOU were the employee that ignored it? How would you like to go around for the rest of your life with the burden over-hanging that had you done something, the man might have lived. You know what, I'd take a lawsuit in a heart beat over someone dying because of my irresponsibility. Everyone now is so scared of getting sued that they fail to even give a darn about other people.
 
  by: JonIsTheCrazyLizard     11/03/2005 11:09 PM     
  lurker  
 
No sh!t :) I try to avoid public restrooms like the plague.
 
  by: Emp3r0r     11/03/2005 11:11 PM     
  Two comments  
 
Lurker: I agree completely - the idea of just plopping down on a public seat makes me shudder.

To those citing the potential to be sued for helping, I would say that this is a far cry from anything that could get you sued. All they had to do was look in and get a manager, which does not involve anything that could get you sued. It's easy to say "Damned if you do, damned if you don't," but there was hardly anything to DO at all, and they could not even be bothered with that.
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     11/03/2005 11:30 PM     
  Ugh.  
 
I would never sit on a public toilet without putting toilet paper or a seat cover on it, thats just gross. This guy learned the hard way.
 
  by: mattf485   11/04/2005 02:36 AM     
  i hope he wasn't hairy... nt  
 
 
  by: Emp3r0r     11/04/2005 04:30 AM     
  Only in America  
 
sigh
 
  by: astinus   11/04/2005 04:55 AM     
  I still can't believe people unwilling to sit down  
 
A housemate of mine is unwilling to sit down on our private toilet, because he finds the thing disgusting. Meanwhile, as he is the only one who refuses to sit down to pee, he is the only one in any sort of position to pee over the damn thing, and it is cleaned every week.

This fear of touching anything unclean reeks of ritual fear, self-perpetuated and perpetuated by society. There is certainly no reason to avoid sitting down on a toiletseat, unless you have terrible wounds on your lower areas, or the seat is wet with a yellow liquid (which you can wipe off).
 
  by: Ec5618   11/04/2005 11:57 AM     
  they don't care  
 
cause they're being paid so poorly
quoting chris rock...

"You know what it means when they pay you minimum wage? You know what they're trying to tell you? It's like "Hey, if I could pay you lower I would...but it's against the law!""
 
  by: Pas Content   11/04/2005 04:06 PM     
 
 
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