Another goofy lawsuit for sure, but one that comes to us from across the pond. Onkar Singh Gill, who owns a London produce shop called The Stall, was ordered to pay a sum of about £112,000 (that’s about $175,000 to you and me) when one of his customers, Samira Hassan, slipped on a few grapes and broke both her wrists.
Hassan was wearing what she terms “sensible shoes” on the day in question. She stopped by The Stall to have a look at some produce. She stepped on some “mushy” grapes left on the pavement, fell forward, and shattered her wrists. Ouch.
According to The Mirror, Hassan won the case last September, but there was the usual appeal. The shop owner claimed he took all the precautions he could, going so far as sweeping the ground up to five times a day. The chief judge was having none of it.
The initial fall took place in 2005. That’s seven years of legal wrangling that’s been dubbed “The Grapes of Wrath.” Gill’s defense was mainly that Hassan’s fall a “freak accident,” saying that there wasn’t much else he could have done about it. Clearly that defense didn’t find merit.Mr. Gill’s son, Sandeep, said that the business was insured for accidents but because of a legal loophole they would almost certainly be liable for the full amount.
‘Sometimes you do wonder whose side the law is actually on.’