Saturday, August 2, 2008

EXTORTING WAL-MART

Man Sues Wal-Mart Over Tainted Peppers
By Ylan Q. Mui Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, August 2, 2008; D03
A Colorado man is suing Wal-Mart and an unnamed supplier, saying that he fell ill after eating jalapeƱo peppers bought from the company tainted with the same strain of salmonella that has infected more than 1,300 people over the past three months.
Brian Grubbs' wife purchased the peppers at a Wal-Mart store in Cortez, Colo., on June 26, according to the lawsuit. Grubbs eats them raw on sandwiches and said in the suit that within a few days he began experiencing diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, among other symptoms. He also claimed that he was severely dehydrated and could not walk without assistance.
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Brian Grubb is the (barely) walking exemplar of the term 'grubbing out a living' as he extorts Wal-Mart for--what else?--money. Severe dehydration hasn't prevented him from bringing one of those spilled-hot-coffee suits against a mega-corporation he assumes will somehow prefer to 'settle' for big bucks rather than go to court.
Whaddya bet his lawyer is taking this one on a percentage of settlement basis?
Wal-Mart is not my favorite company. They are in my opinion guilty of a number of things that go against my particular grain, but being cavalier with food-safety is not one of them. Let's hope Wal-Mart takes this one down to the wire.