More and more people are becoming aware of their basic human rights. Not only human rights, but the law itself is becoming widely known – and used – by people looking to right the wrongs that have befallen them. Thanks to professional legal teams that offer excellent service, people are turning to legal solutions to problems as opposed to the usual “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” solutions. However, some people don’t know where to draw the line between situations requiring legal recompense and a bit of bad luck. Here are five of the most unbelievable law suits ever to grace the courtrooms of the world.
1 – The hidden knife
A New Yorker named John Agnesini sued the Subway restaurant chain because he found a knife in his sandwich. Now, this is not where the story gets any more ‘normal’: the man didn’t sue subway because the knife cut him or hurt him, no, he sued them because the handle of the knife was dirty, and he believes it is what caused his severe stomach issues. You’d think after finding a knife in your sandwich you’d go back to the restaurant, and not just toss it out and forget about it. He sued for one million dollars.
2 – Painful for PETA
The often-insanely ambitious animal lovers over at PETA had a bit of an embarrassing moment after a recent animal rights convention in New Jersey. Driving home from the convention, two PETA members accidentally hit a deer which had run into the road. No, they didn’t sue the deer, but they did sue the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for not ensuring that the deer was protected. Something doesn’t quite sound right about PETA suing the wildlife division…
3 – “I’m suing me!”
This one is just riddled with legal misconceptions. In 1995, Robert Lee Brock, at the time imprisoned in Virginia, decided that he would rather be housed in a mental institution than in a correctional facility. To go about getting transferred, he decided to sue himself, on the premise that the crime he had himself committed went against his own religious beliefs, and therefore violated his civil liberties, because it was committed while he was drunk. He sued himself for $5 million which he didn’t have, and asserted that the state should pay, as he was behind bars and so without an income. The case was dismissed.
4 – Man versus Beer
Anheuser-Busch, the brewers who produce Budweiser, ran a series of ads in the 90’s which featured two truck drivers opening a couple of Bud’s, and then having two beautiful women magically appear in front of them. A (apparently) very lonely Michigan man sued Anheauser-Busch for false advertising, when after buying and drinking a case of the beer, he failed to see either of the two women advertised. He asked for around $10,000, of which he got $0.
5 – Man who Believes he is God Sues Magicians
You need not really read further than the ridiculous title of law suit #5 to know what it’s all about. Christopher Roller, a Minnesota resident, sued magicians David Blaine and David Copperfield, demanding that they pay him 10% of their total income for life. Seeing as they “defy the laws of physics” (according to Roller), they are using godly powers, and because Roller believes that he is God, therefore they are actually stealing from him.
Jeff is a guest author for DSC Attorneys, your first choice for legal action (unless you’re suing yourself).