Woman Slips on Banana Peel, Sues

Slipping on a banana peel is a classic cartoon gag. And now it's the basis for a real lawsuit:

Ida Valentine, 58, is suing the 99 Cents Only store where she slipped on one last April.

She said that she suffered a herniated disk and tissue damage, spent $9,000 on medical bills and is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

"She fell and landed on her backside," said Courtney Mikolaj of the Quirk Law Firm in Ventura, California, which is representing her.[...]

The image in popular culture of an unwary pedestrian tripping head over heels on a banana peel stems from the late 19th century, when bananas were a popular street food in American cities and the press portrayed them as a public nuisance.

In 1879, Harper's Weekly groused that "whosoever throws banana skins on the sidewalk does a great unkindness to the public, and is quite likely to be responsible for a broken limb."

Link via TigerHawk | Image: Disney

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In the real world (outside of the law courts) the responsibility for this accident lies with the idiot who didn't look where they were putting their feet.

Oh but I forgot, in the USA nothing is *ever* your fault. It's always the fault of some business or other.
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