posted 07-29-2001 10:58 PM PT (US)
While reading the Tennessean today, I came across a small bit of info that just amazed me. Thought I'd share. ;)
Seems that a woman in Philly placed a Pop-Tart in her toaster, then proceeded to leave the house to take her kids to preschool. Upon her return home (10-20 minutes later), she found her house engulfed in smoke and the fire department on the scene. Apparently her toaster malfunctioned, causing the Pop-Tart to ignite and start a fire in the kitchen.
Now, I wouldn't usually give this a second thought, BUT... the woman and her husband are suing the Kellogg Co. for $100,000; the amount of damage from the fire. Black and Decker (the toaster maker) are also named in the suit. (Oh, yeah. There is an actual caution advisory on the Pop-Tart box that warns consumers not to leave the toaster appliance unattended due to possible risk of fire).
My problem is this: Instead of smacking herself in the temple and saying "D'oh! What was I thinking???", this woman is trying to blame everyone else! This just disgusts me.
With $100,000 worth of damage, ya gotta figure this is quite a fancy house they have. Are they wanting me to believe they have no insurance and otherwise cannot afford to fix the damage? Puh-leeeeeeze.
Sorry for the rant, but I am just such a strong advocate of personal responsibility... the general attitude of "Gimme, gimme, gimme" just disappoints me. Am I being too harsh???