“Dangerous” cart corrals

September 1, 2009
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Menard’s has funny-looking and somewhat impractical cart corrals that are also apparently unsafe and dangerous. Just ask Gerald Roberts of McCreary County, Ky.

He was visiting a Menard’s in Lafayette, Ind., and decided to “travel through” the cart corral, hitting a horizontal metal bar at the opposite end of the corral. He hurt himself in 2007 and now he’s suing the store and the maker of the corral.

The suit is pretty scant on details, but apparently, he’s walked through these cart corrals before and never injured himself. Here’s a picture of what these corrals usually look like.

According to the suit filed in federal court yesterday, Roberts suffered great bodily injury and pain, hurt his head and neck, and has severe and permanent emotional harm. His wife is also suing for loss of love, support, and companionship.

Why would you walk through one of these cart corrals in the first place? I’ve been to Menard’s enough to see they are usually full of ill-configured shopping carts and large carts for wood and supplies to make it like an obstacle course to try to get from one side to the other.

Instead of a)not walking through the cart corral, b) paying attention to your surroundings, or c) taking responsibility for your own negligence, Roberts feels like it’s Menard’s and the manufacturer’s fault he hurt himself. What severe and permanent emotional harm has he suffered? Embarrassment that he whacked himself on a cart corral at a hardware store when he wasn’t paying attention?

I’m not trying to make light of this guy’s injuries (whatever they may be as they aren’t detailed in the suit), but it’s not like the wind picked up this improperly grounded cart corral and struck him or it suddenly collapsed on him. He walked through it and somehow injured himself. But apparently, that’s not his fault because the corral has an “unreasonably dangerous design” and has “inadequate warnings.”

I wonder if the next time I’m at Menard’s I’ll see a “STOP: DO NOT ENTER” or “DO NOT WALK THROUGH” attached to these corrals.
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  • Good thing he survived or we would have had to include in the Darwin award entries, and he might have won. The Darwin award for doing society the biggest favor by taking himself out of the gene pool.

    In fairness I guess anything is possible, but most likely this is just another perfect example of why our society has so little respect for the legal profession.
  • In all actuality, someone that rides their motorcycle through the property of any business, regardless of the purpose or placement of such property, has no reason to complain that a horizontal strcutural support clothes-lined him on his way through.

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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  5. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

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