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5 of the strangest lawsuits making headlines

A prematurely exploding bottle rocket, an especially bad meal and three more strange lawsuits in the news

Risky Rocket

Any story involving a bottle rocket being shot out of someone’s rear end is bound to end badly, as a lawsuit filed by a West Virginia fraternity member proves. Perhaps the only surprise in the case is that the student suing Marshall University is not the one who actually fired the rocket.

Frightening Photo

When Alfred Lolange was hired as the head chef at New York’s Z-Two Diner & Lounge he was promised a weekly salary of $2,500, but when his first paycheck arrived it amounted to just $2,000. The diner’s owner, Steve Osman, allegedly explained that he was withholding the rest for taxes. Lolange accepted this explanation, and, at the start of tax season, asked his boss for a copy of his W-2 form, showing the taxes that the restaurant had withheld from his checks.

Slippery Surface

Talk about a greasy spoon. West Virginia resident Mary Carpenter is suing a Chinese restaurant after she allegedly slipped and fell on a puddle of grease. Carpenter claims that the Dragon Garden Buffet Corp. was negligent for allowing grease to accumulate on the floor near its buffet, leading to a Dec. 10 fall that left her with serious injuries, ongoing pain and mental distress.

Foul Food

Prison food isn’t known for its culinary merits, but is it bad enough to warrant $1 trillion in restitution? That’s what Arizona inmate Dale Maisano is arguing, in a new lawsuit over a severe stomachache. In the suit, Maisano claims that prison officials fed him a “nonmedical diet” earlier this month, leaving him with a case of stomach cramps so severe that it “caused [him] to lose the ability to sleep and wonder if they [tried] to kill him.” He is suing the state of Arizona and the prison’s food service contractor, along with various state and prison officials.

Malfunctioning Machine

In a lawsuit that has echoes of the famed McDonald’s hot coffee case, a New Jersey woman is suing the Wawa convenience store chain after a malfunctioning cappuccino machine allegedly left her with severe burns. Tracie Hanson was a “business invitee” at a Wawa store last July when she attempted to make herself the fateful cup of coffee.

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