Octogenarian Sues Apple For Collision Related Injury

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) —  A Queens woman is suing Apple for $1,000,000 after smashing her face on a glass door at a Long Island Apple Store.

Evelyn Paswall, 83, claims that the glass doors at the front of Apple Stores pose a risk to the elderly.

Paswall’s attorney Derek T. Smith told the Post that,“Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.”

Paswall claims that she didn’t realize that she was walking into a wall of glass as she approached the store, and says that she broke her nose as a result of the collision.

Her suit claims that “The defendant was negligent . . . in allowing a clear, see-through glass wall and/or door to exist without proper warning.”

As of Saturday warning strips had been posted on the glass at Apples Manhasset store.

Does Paswall deserve the settlement? Was Apple negligent? Let us know in our comments section below…

  • http://pointsofcompass.wordpress.com/ pointsofcompass

    THis woman is seeking a deep-pockets payday and nothing more. She’s embarassed to have done something extremely stupid (walking into a wall) and now wants Apple to pay. Throw the suit out ASAP and admonish the broad to get a new pair of glasses.

  • cosie

    She was probably playing with her Itouch…. I’ve seen people using them while walking down a flight of steps at subway stations … God help them all
    Watch where you are going…

  • AnAppleaDay

    What they don’t mention is that she was going there because she thought it was a fruit market and she just wanted to get some Red Delicious apples. It’s a “brave, new world” for old people.

  • Rumpelstiltskin

    This is just like that moron who sued McDonalds when she spilled hot coffee on her crotch, saying it was too hot. You morons out there, including those shyster lawyers, GET A SERIOUS GRIP ON REALITY.
    Don’t make others pay for your stupidity and lack of awareness. I don’t care if you are 83 years old, if you cannot find your way through reality, then stay home. We cannot fix stupidity and we cannot fix our reality so that morons will be safe.
    This just reeks of an ambulance chasing lawyer who thinks he can use an 83 year old woman’s injury to gain sympathy from the public, jury or judge so he can make a buck. This sickness must stop.

  • Crazy Ed

    The ol’ doll should learn to wear her football helmet when she goes out in public.

  • Rick

    I don’t want to pay higher prices as a result of an elderly person’s diminished senses. Have her pay to replace the glass and be done with it.

  • BIO

    Awhile back a vid showing a woman walking in a mall with the look down syndrome tweeting or whatever tripped right into a water fixture was the mall at fault for stupidity? A sue happy economy has rapidly been growing for years now it is too easy. Hopefully this individual does not posses a valid drivers license and if so look out New York.

  • Mary

    I am sorry for this womans pain. However it is her responsibility to be aware of her surroundings. It’s not like the wall jumped in front of her and broke her nose. C’mon to even think of suing is ridiculous in my opinion.

  • old ICU nurse

    At 83, she should be familiar with doors. Had the door been faulty and fell on her her, different story. She’s just after money. Probably has sued her way thru life. I think there should be a law that if you initiate a lawsuit that doesn’t pass the “stupid” test, you have to pay the amount you sued for to the nearest public school. And if your city or county says your property’s worth X amount of money for tax purposes, but it’s only worth “y” and you disagree that you could EVER get X for it, the county/city has to buy it from you at that amount. Both of these laws would stop a lot of the stupidity that makes the news….

  • Tom

    Glass doors and glass walls have been around since her birth. A broken nose isn’t a million dollar injury at all, it is an embarrassment. The lawyer is a shyster.

  • nobody

    Gee, maybe she should have watches where she was going…

  • Johny@

    I would say get the old Bitty a new pare o glasses and call it a day

  • Doug

    I think the easiest thing to do would be to keep these kinds of people at home. They pose a risk to society because of their negligence. I wonder if she had anything to do with the McDonald’s lawsuit regarding spilled coffee, no wait that woman is loaded now.

  • Arthur

    “The McDonald’s Coffee Spill Case is a classic example of ‘miscarriage of justice,’ right? Wrong.

    “Slip-and-sue [dot] com has researched what really happened. When one looks at the real facts of the case, an entirely different picture emerges than the one painted by typical retellings of the story. . . . More than 700(!) claims had been made against McDonald’s, and many of the victims had suffered third-degree burns similar to Mrs. Liebeck’s. Yet the company had refused to change its policy. . . .” Put the first paragraph in quotation marks and search for it — you’ll find it easily. You’ll see why the jury ruled for the plaintiff.

    Of course a reputable lawyer would take Evelyn Paswall’s case . . . and may well win it. Never ran into a “plate-glass wall” yourself? I know a place where it’s happened repeatedly — to me, among many others. It’s the sort of thing that can happen to anyone when she’s in a hurry. It’s right next to the entrance to an emergency room, of all places.

    • ?????

      Do you know how a coffee maker operates? The water is heated to the boiling point so that the bubbles from the boling water (which, by the way, is hot enough to burn you) is forced into the resevoir.

    • skyhook

      what part of COFFEE IS HOT dont you get

  • skyhook

    she needs to visit Mercedes Benz and look into a collision prevention radar helmet

  • Mike N.

    Maybe they should just get her new… iGlasses!

    Really. $1M for a broken nose? Joe Frazier didn’t get that much when his nose was broken, and people were paying to see that.

  • Derp

    An Octogenarian shopping at an Apple store. . .

    For what, one wonders? Fresh fruit?

    Or did someone put her up to it?

    Methinks I smell a scam.

  • Bane

    that glass must have been hell of clean!!!

  • jon

    You have to go back to the woman who spilled coffee on her crotch and sued McDonalds to find another case with this much stupidity.

  • BdaMUG

    Isn’t there an Ap for that?

  • Blaidd_Drwg

    Did she think the Apple store would be open to the sidewalk like a flea market? This lady is just a greedy crook. You have a responsibility to watch where you are going. If you walk into a wall, even a glass wall, it’s your own fault.

  • Chris

    Apple has had markings put on the windows last year just in case something like this up. I say apple may cover the medical expense and that’s it.


  • George Johnson

    Where did this woman come from and how did she get here, not knowing that people use glass doors and windows now days??

  • Ih2puo

    Blanking liberals. A liberal person walks into a door. A liberal lawyer sees a payday. A liberal judge refuses to toss it out. A liberal jury awards the poor millions from the greedy corp.

  • Lagomorph

    “We the People” keep electing Congress members who won’t put a lid on punitive damages.

  • nodoubt

    Guess what? She will definitely get the million.

  • SnottyKid

    Evelyn Paswall is 83. She will die before this goes to court.

  • Mikeybklyn

    Did her nose look like Marcia’s in that episode of the Brady Bunch?

  • Paul

    Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.”

    That being said, if she’s to stupid to walk through a door, what is she doing in a high tech place? She probably wouldn’t know how to use anything anyhow. She’s like the retired women in Florida who don’t know how to use a voting machine but they know how to say BINGO! She probably still has the time blinking on her VCR.

  • Silly me

    The sparrows, finches, and pigeons are supporting her cause!

  • Kelly

    What a f****** idiot



  • Greg

    Just like every other Apple user. Too stupid or blind to see what is in front of them :)

  • Steven Miller

    Karma strikes again! The largest company in the history of the world with the largest team of lawyers in the world currently suing every competitor they have is being sued by a little old lady. This is priceless! Good luck to her.

  • DaddyB

    What a birdbrain.

  • John K.

    She’s upset because she bought a Mac and got Windows instead.

  • GrangerFX

    At 83, she should be able to get a personal apology from Steve Jobs himself pretty soon.

  • Stryder

    Old birds are known to fly into windows. Old bats, too.

  • Rod Anders

    The woman should be institutionalized or, at least, not allowed out on the street by herself ~ 85 years young.

  • Old but not stupid

    Because having a large government program watch out for your own stupidity is better, how?

  • Bummer

    Apple answered this question by clearly marking the dooe AFTER the incident. Definite display of culpability.
    No the Old Lady don’t deserve $1,000,000.00. Maybe an apology and payment of Medical costs.

  • Be Reasonable

    She should get MEDICAL EXPENSES PAID and an apology (and maybe a free Apple computer to smooth injured feelings) and leave it at that. There should have been some tape strips or decals or designs on the glass so people don’t accidentally walk through the glass. It is easy to stumble and fall over unexpectedly high curbs that aren’t obvious (should be painted yellow) at shopping centers and get injured. It is easy to walk through a glass door if it’s quite clean and has no markings. But a million dollars? Lady, please get serious.

    • DaddyB

      What rubbish! Where do you live? I imagine there are a few hazards I can find.. I want an easy payday. Better have a good attorney.

      • GROW UP

        You guys who think it’s nothing to walk through a glass door or window ought to try it some time. It happens all the time. That’s why people with a BRAIN put decals on glass doors. Grow up.

      • GROW UP

        You guys who think it’s nothing to walk thru glass ought to try it some time. It happens all the time. That’s why people with a BRAIN put decals on glass doors. Grow up.

        • The MaD HaCkER

          You have to wrap the world in cotton batting because otherwise the sheeple will hurt themselfs. ;(

  • mcw1142

    If a glass door is dangerous to this woman then she should stay at home – not a chance in hell this is Apple’s fault. Wonder how it feels to be near the end of your life and know that you are just a money grubbing opportunist. I thought wisdom and personal responsibility came with age – I guess not.

  • Juan 1

    Hey, all you libs that think this a bogus lawsuit (like the McDonald’s 1 mil $ hot coffee lawsuit) need to do some house cleaning. The 2nd largest group of donors behind the unions to the dem party is the, ‘slip and fall trial lawyers’. Cause, the dems are never for tort reform…. ask John Edwards. These parasite Attorneys are destroying businesses across the country (you see their commercials all day long on television).

  • jenn


  • http://enos33.wordpress.com enos33

    On my first day in the USA in La Jolla Ca. I was in the Bank of America cashing all the money i had saved up to come to America ( $150), when a man walked into the glass door – it shattered – it dropped onto his thigh – sliced into his leg – the blood shot to the ceiling . What a shock to see all that blood! This was prior to shatterproof glass – in 1954. I believe she has a case.

    signed – Apple lover.

  • metelltrue

    I guess she was born before glass and is looking for a payday. Give me a break, nope she already did.

  • Sho Uesugi

    This is the very reason why the legal system needs to be overhauled. This sort of case should be thrown out as it was being filed. I don’t care how old she is – take some f-ing responsibility for yourself. I’ve walked through a screen door once. And I fell. And I hurt myself. And I didn’t sue anyone because the fault was mine. Absolutely garbage.

  • rex dart eskimo spy

    The Apple store’s prices made me pooh myself uncontrollably. i demand justice.

    • Sosueme

      Did u see the old lady’s name? It’s Evelyn Paswall. Get it? Pas-wall! Ironic name for a lady who walks into walls rather than passing them.

    • chele salgado

      lol omg that is too funny.

    • Amused but not misled


      Now step through the door into the room with no floor.

    • WillowTree6811

      Yes, the building was rotating around on the surface of the Earth. The Earth was rotating around the Sun. The Sun is rotating around the Galaxy. The Galazy is moving in the Universe. So yes, yes … the door was moving quite fast as a matter of fact, fudgepacker.

    • AppleShmapple

      Was building 7 moving? Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

      Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

      Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever much like me.

    • lenny hibsher

      She should have had bigger boobs————

      • Dan

        At 80+ years old those bumpers would be too low down to be useful.

    • StateRunMediaExposed

      Who cares what the state run media wants to present as news. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

      Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

      Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever much like me.

    • http://sterlingstudiosinc.com claidheamdanns

      Dear CBS 2: Please note that a “COLLISION” is impact that occurs between TWO moving objects. Was the building moving?

      Yes, yes it was.

      Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
      And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
      That’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
      A sun that is the source of all our power.
      The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
      Are moving at a million miles a day
      In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
      Of the galaxy we call the ‘Milky Way’.
      Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
      It’s a hundred thousand light years side to side.
      It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
      But out by us, it’s just three thousand light years wide.
      We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
      We go ’round every two hundred million years,
      And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
      In this amazing and expanding universe.

      The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
      In all of the directions it can whizz
      As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
      Twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.
      So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
      How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
      And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
      ‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.

      • brucefant

        Finally, a post that makes me smile! Thanks to you…and Monty Python!

      • Michael

        Your understanding of physics is quite flawed, I suggest you look up a “reference frame” and then reevaluate your argument.

        • The Bruce


          Those are the lyrics from Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life.”

          He wasn’t attempting to make a scientific argument.

    • 2bunused

      “I’m stupid and can’t see so Apple must pay.”

      How’d she manage to make 80 without getting smooshed with that level of stupidity?

    • annoyed

      Waste of time. Apple should sue Mrs. Paswall for the cost to clean up her face smudge from the window. Come on! Look at where you are going. Texting and walking is dangerous.

    • Pam Teasley

      I was just in Apple store in Co Springs. I knew the door was there but not my dog. She walked right into the glass and bumped her nose. She looked embarrassed but not hurt. Should I sue for her “emotional distress”? Don’t think so!

    • http://bifflofenthaus.wordpress.com bifflofenthaus

      “High tech modern architecture”…you kids and your fancy glass…all see through and everything.

    • Rad

      Both were moving, remember the earth is rotating at 67,000 mph around the sun. So technically they are both in motion.

      • Jefferyb

        Hey Super Dummy, this article is about a woman walking into a DOOR. not about the president. Get a life!!!

      • GD

        I would consider this more of a Newtons Law application with the “net outside force” being the glass door.

    • guest

      Everything on this planet is moving constantly as we orbit the sun.

    • JJIrons

      Buy some charmin stock. Are you also demanding justice at the gas pump or do you ride a mule?

    • Thomas

      Actually, the websters dictionary says that a collision is “an instance of one moving object or person striking violently against another”. So the question is.. Did she strike the building, or did the building strike her. Doesn’t the building also have the right to sue because she violently run into it?

      In all seriousness, I understand that this older lady broke her nose, but it is not my responsibility (or Apples) to make the world look and function like a nursing home just so she can see where she is going..

    • Jeff

      God knows we love our old people but really….do we not progress as a nation in the technological areana or do we remain in the dark ages for a few folks that refulse to believe “Times are a Changin”

    • Dr.Fistington

      This is an easy case for apple to win. Go to the old ladies house and if she has a clear glass storm door on her front porch, walk straight into it. Then you can sue her for having a clear glass door without proper warning.

    • freezie999

      Didn’t she walk through those same doors on the way in? I think its more a matter of old age and forgetfulness and medicare should take care of the nose job.

    • Thomas

      No. That is only one definition. A collision can occur between a moving and stationary object.

      • Eddie

        No it doesn’t. Ever heard of the Large Hadron Collider? It smashes two atoms together.

    • IronRider

      Ridiculous comment. There actually is a law in place that requires this type of glass at entrance and exit points to have eye level label stripes warning of a glass hazard. It has been a law for decades, and it came as a result of numerous lawsuits won against banks when this type of indistinguishable glass was first in use. She will win in court, or the store will settle with her at an undisclosed number to save the publicity. The fact that they applied the warnings to the glass after the accident shows that their legal department knows their vulnerability.

      • sam58
        • suva

          but…not a million dollars…hospital bill plus a little for pain & suffering.

      • Ryan

        The fact that they put up the strips shows they realize they violated the law. A settlement offer has probably already been made.

        • joe

          no, it means they realized there are going to be a lot of dishonest people trying to get a million dollars by feigning a glass wall bump in….

      • greyfox

        Eye level? Eye level is not a one size fits all proposition.

      • ThatGuy

        You are probably right. She probably will get a million dollars just as she asked. She is the same type of moron as the woman who spilled hot coffee on herself in her car and sued McDonalds. This is exactly why costs are so high in this country… Because we give millions of dollars to people who apparently do not realize that buildings have doors.

      • steelwheeler

        Or they felt bad and didn’t want anyone else to smash their face!!

      • MrBop

        I wonder if she is the one who spilled hot coffee in her crotch and looking for more money.

      • oldbird

        Article from 2011:
        “There is currently no national requirement or standard for installing glass warning stickers, except on automatically-operated doors.”
        Also has a picture of the warning rectangles on the glass walls.
        I want to see the video of this. Most Apple stores have supports in the walls (for the glass) as well as displays and those gray balls, which should be a sign that they’re not the right path.

      • Pensacola Grandmother

        IronRider is on point. The elderly customer will probably win but in addition companies need to put a little more thought into considering the “older group” of consumers. Customer friendly entrances and exits need to be revisited along with extending a little more patience towards this group of consumers

        • Vicky Bevis

          Good point, Grandma. WE Baby Boomers are starting to hit S.S. & already I see some differences..

        • ronpaulwashere

          The people who you are talking about don’t care about the elderly. In fact that’s why they support Obama Care and the death panels.

      • Marilyn Banner

        You say there’s a law requiring eye level label warnings. My question is whose eye?

        • TAJ

          The average eye level for most Americans is roughly 5′-0″ above the finished surface of the floor or walkway. This is the normal mounting height for handicapped accessible signage in California, which is the most restrictive of all the states when it comes to handicapped (barrier free) design.
          –a CA Architect

          • mrtelco1948

            Let’s not bring up the place of most fruits and nuts. California indeed!!

      • kevin

        Whose eye level?

    • Lance

      Not a lawyer but this never getst to court. This will be settled out of court. Of course, the woman won’t get anywhere near a million dollars but if I’d have to guess, I’ll say she’ll get about a hundred grand. The store will offer 50 thousand to begin with and they’ll negotiate it upwards from there. The woman medical bills can’t be more than 5 to 10 thousand dollars. The fact that the store has already put glass strips on the door makes the woman’s claim more valid because by so doing, they’re visually admitting that there is a problem.

      • awesomesauce

        Evidence rules won’t allow the court to know that they put strips on the door afterwards. So it won’t make her claim more valid in they eyes of the court. but agree that it will settle for significantly less than the 1 mil. she’s asking for.

    • skyhook

      Steve Jobs forgot to put in automatic doors. all that money that’s not forward thinking

    • F. Drummer

      Webster’s Dictionary: a coming violently into contact; crash. You are wrong!

      • RickW

        Webster’s is junk. Per Oxford: “an instance of one moving object or person striking violently against another”, which is how I always understood it, and is based on the etymology of the word, meaning to strike together. If you drop a pencil, it does not collide with the floor, that is ridiculous.

        • Joe L.

          The floor, being attached to the building, that is firmly attached to a revolving Earth would actually constitute a collision.

          • Michael

            No it would not. Since both the building and the woman are on the Earth you have to factor in that velocity for both bodies. Hence, if the woman was not walking stupidly, the building would not hit her. Since we are all on Earth you must consider the velocity from the Earth’s rotation negligible, to assert anything else makes you completely ignorant of physics, but clearly capable of winning a lawsuit against the uneducated. A collision is better defined as the contact between two bodies moving in the same frame of reference. And on Earth, a building is stationary and the woman is the only thing moving, hence she crashed into the building, the building did not collide with her.

        • Mike

          My dictionary is better than your dictionary! (sigh)

          • rickvv

            Must be an Apple user

    • bob

      So, a car that strikes a telephone pole is not involved in a collision…?

      • paul

        If tree is invisible, like glass, then perhaps yes.

        • trixlette

          There is a reason there is laws, that say on glass windows and doors in businesses, there must be signage or decals put in place, for this very reason.

          • DB

            Yes, there is a reason there are laws. It gives lawyers something to do.

          • JustaLittleCommonSense

            Ummm, why can’t they put a sign up that says “use common sense here”… although, 90% of the American population would not be allowed in then…

        • Hodgey

          Glass is invisible? How do they find it to install it the?

          • DM

            They hire mimes.

            • Sandy

              Good one!

            • Martin

              And, like with all mimes, they never tell anybody what they have installed.

              There’s your problem, mimes installing invisible glass. Very dangerous, these mime fields….

              • Andi

                Funniest. Thread. Ever.

            • Dirk


              We have a Winner.

            • Jack


              Ouch! Coffee out my nose!!

              • p3orion

                Uh-oh! Are you OK? Did it burn your nose? You may have a case against Hodgey…

      • D

        No. look up the definition of collision. walking into a glass door isn’t a reason to sue. it is a reason to feel stupid for not watching where you were going. if everybody was doing it you may have an issue. this is a sue happy person trying to steal money.

        • roagie

          maybe its the same 80 something that sued Micky D’s because she held a cup of scalding hot coffen between her legs an drove off

        • Vicky Bevis

          Agreed! Now if we can just keep her away from Micky-D’s coffee! Could be a 2nd. career for this old fart.
          (I can say that being on S.S. myself-lol)

          • Truth

            TORT REFORM!

            The coffe case and likely this one are a very carefully crafted media hype for the case of tort reform. The true story behind the coffee case is that the woman was seriously burned by coffee that was so hot it was not consumable. This woman did not recieve millions, in fact she didnt even get enough money to cover her medical expenses. She had to sign a gag order so the company would be able to spin any story they wanted without the chance for a response from the woman. THIS IS COMMON PRACTICE. Companies lobby for tort reform and these types of cases are a way to mislead the masses so when these examples are mentioned, people think these lawsuits are unjust and therefore do not attempt to block tort reform.

            I am not sure the specifics of this case, but several years from now the general populous will belive that a woman got $1 Million for running into glass. This will then lead the public to believe that the US has a crazy legal system and will allow for additional company sponsored tort reform.

            Try to sue a company for $1 Million and you will see just how impossible it is. There is no way a jury would give someone $1 Million for a broken nose and a company will not settle for $1 Million either since there is no chance of a Jury awarding that amount or higher.

            Educate yourself. Read up on tort law and what tort reform is.

            • Truth

              The true story behind the coffee case is that this woman is an idiot who is not intelligent enough to know that you can’t put a STYROFOAM cup of hot coffee between your legs and squeeze them together tight enough to cause the coffee to exit the cup. She should not have been paid 1 single cent and instead should have been laughed out of court. The judge who allowed this idiotic suit and the incompetent jury who gave her money should be publicly flogged.

          • Ellen

            are you SERIOUS? have you ever seen pictures of the burns from that McDonald’s coffee incident? http://bit.ly/GRsan3

            • Alvin

              Well, what about this pic http://youtu.be/oHg5SJYRHA0

            • RVT1K

              You do realize that the main ingredient in coffee is BOILING water?

              And just what the hell did this old lady think the front of the building was made of? Air?

              • jujubee

                That’s why McDonald’s lost the case. The water in coffee is NOT supposed to be boiling.

                • Jim

                  just what i want is a cup of cold coffee

      • Richard

        “Crash” is prob. a better word when one object is stationary, as in “The car crashed into a pole” but “The two cars collided at the intersection.”

    • nicholas

      how come when they, the elderly, drop hot coffee or walk into a door they want millions but when they drive through a storekjilling 4 people they just want people to understand it was an accident

      • Jeremy
      • Carrieann

        Couldn’t have said it any better — you’re so right!!

      • Bill

        Well, obviously, she has driven into a store and killed four people in the past because she is elderly. For all we know, she doesn’t even drive.

        Way to paint with a broad brush.

      • steve

        With respect, the hot coffee case was much different and not well reported in its time. The coffee was hotter than was even safe to drink. She would have been scalded seriously if the drink had come near her lips, and so the court record shows it has NOTHING to do with her spilling a hot cup of coffee but a cup that was well beyond boiling as it was handed to her. In the present case the elderly woman is trying to get compensation because she wasn’t paying attention. The doors were not moving, and the laws in the jurisdiction did not require warnings.

        • Martin

          How can the cup be beyond boiling? Physics is very clear about this, a liquid can’t go beyond the boiling point unless it is fully turned into the gas phase.

          • Eric

            It could, but the liquid would evaporate much faster.

          • Mark Santeramo

            Bingo. The above justifications just are flat out moronic and make no sense. The woman ordered HOT COFFEE. She knew that the item was HOT. She knew that she should have let it cool off before drinking. NO ONE DRINKS A HOT DRINK IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEY GET IT WITHOUT TESTING TO SEE HOW HOT IT IS BEFORE CONSUMING, PERIOD. The elderly woman is 100% at fault for this and our country should NOT have allowed her to sue McDonald’s based on her stupidity and lack of personal responsibility.

            And people wonder why things in the United States cost so much, hmmm.

            • http://raistian77.wordpress.com raistian77

              The case showed that Mc Donalds regularly kept their coffee at 180 F – 190 F, which is hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns in as little as 2 seconds.

              180 F has been consistently considered WAY to hot to serve to customers, but MD did it anyway to extend the life of the coffee.

              In ten years 1982 to 1992 MD had settled over 700 (about 2 a week) cases of customers severely burned by their coffee, the quality control manager stated it was not enough causes to make them change the policy of keeping coffee at 180-190.

              Sorry but 180-190 is considered not hot but way too hot.

              160 F is considered normal temperature for coffee to be served.

        • Ken PC

          I’m really glad you point this out Steve. The old ‘McDonalds hot coffee’ canard is getting really tired. The true facts are that the woman was a passenger, not the driver. The car was parked. The coffee was almost 40 degrees above what it should have been, and the woman ended up in inetnsive care having skin grafts.

          I have zero symapthy for the woman who walked into the door, but to tie her to the Mcdonalds case just shows ignorance of the facts.

      • Sue

        Isn’t this the truth!! Crazy…

      • Paladin

        Truer words never spoken, Nicholas. Had she gotten into the store, she would have been demanding her senior discount.

      • J

        could not have said it better myself.

      • randy


      • Mccx

        Would that be considered a “collision” or a “crash”?

      • Lisa

        Great point!! You’re absolutely right.

      • paul

        So the families of those killed wants millions then…what is your point, that we all want millions?

        • societyisbroken

          Onward to the “invisable” glass doors. I want my millions! Who’s with me?

      • Danny

        There are idiots in every stage of life, even at your age. Right?

        • Joe

          Danny – I think that would depend on whether or not you are his age.

      • robyn

        Nicolas, you are my hero of the day. Seriously! This is the BEST comment ever. I’ve seen first hand the process in which an elderly woman was given a renewal of her license when she couldn’t even pass the eye test or understand the questions of the license bureau clerk. Accidents happen, but when you’re too old to differentiate the gas and the brake, its no longer an ‘accident’ in my opinion…its gross negligence.

        • greyfox

          I must have misread the item, I thought she walked into it.

      • Jim

        Excellent point.

      • Jenny

        I like how you think! Please call Apple with this defense.

      • Peter H.

        Right on Nicholas…

        Time to keep the old folks in the house…

    • Jason

      A better question is “Does this attorney deserve a pay day?”

      • irene

        good one! Let’s hope this gets thrown out — quickly.

      • Tom

        No, just a public flogging

      • RealmanPwns

        Do you deserve to get paid when you work?

        • georgiasaraann

          .Ambulance chasing is not work. …

        • George Johnson

          Yes, but the “lawyer” says her nose is worth $1,000,000. But if they win, she only gets about $100,000 while the “lawyer” gets about $600,000 (with the state and feds getting the rest).

          So who’s getting the payday here??

          • Jim the lawyer

            George, your an idiot
            Learn how a lawyer gets paid before you show eveyone yoru stupid again.

            • Bob

              Lawyers don’t need to know how to spell. They hire people at $10 an hour to type and then bill the client $200 an hour. All lawyers that post on a public setting should leave their first and last name and home address.

            • Victimized

              If Jim is a lawyer, you would think he’d know how to spell English words.

            • Samantha

              It’s not YOUR it’s YOU’RE as in YOU ARE.

              • Yogi

                Come down biatch!

          • Bill D

            There is NO federal tax on jury damage awards. It is not income. She will get 2/3 of the win – lawyer gets 1/3. At a high enough settlement, lawyer get even less

            • bonnie

              are you a lawyer?

            • John S

              AND the lawyer pays income tax on HIS income, so the country profits. Isn’t is wonderful how the economy works? p.s. They really SHOULD have had the warnings or at least some Apple decals on the door at eye level.

              • Beyond stupid

                Who’s eye level? Mine? Yours? A little person’s? By the time we have decals at all lithe possible eye levels, you won’t be able to see in. We should also put decals on windshields just so people know it is glass too.

              • Scott Hayden

                oh yeah, spreading the wealth to those who don’t deserve it. Sounds like democrat speech on how they turn the economy.

                • anon

                  “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”

                  If you’re going to use a quote to back up your point, at least get it right.

                  • hammerpocket

                    “If you’re going to use a quote to back up your point, at least get it right.”

                    Yes, because as we all know, there is only one English translation of the Bible.

                • Kimbie

                  You are SO RIGHT! It’s not like there’s a guiding principle like “Whatever you do for the least of men, you do for me.” Or if there is it must have been like the original bleeding-heart liberal who said it.

              • Mark Santeramo

                Or the woman should take some personal responsibility and admit her ignorance in terms of walking into a door.

                I’m sick of people in this country passing off their guilt onto others or suing at the first chance they get when they themselves are the reason behind their harm. This woman deserves not a dime, period. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, that’s it.

              • Arbiter

                But it’s a loss for Apple, for the full amount, so the country actually loses, and this incompetent old woman profits.

                • steelwheeler

                  Yes, and when Apple has to pay the damages they will raise the price on their products and we will end up paying for her stupidity. I mean, only an idiot would think that a store has no doors on it. I actually walked into a glass wall when i was 5, I would think an 85 year-old would be a bit more experienced.

                  • Oily Discharge

                    85 is the new 5.

                  • enoughalready

                    I doubt that $1M settlement will raise the prices when Apple’s valuation is 500B right now – just don’t think it will make that much of a difference. it will settle – this woman is profiteering, not sure of the blue book on an 83 year old nose but I would think its less then $1M

    • Sean

      I think it’s reasonable to assume that the “DOOR” might have been moving.
      Troll much?

      • glee

        if the door was moving then she wouldve known it was a glass door.

      • Ric

        The 83 yr old nose and door (age unknown) were moving relative to each other. So even the very narrow definition of the word collision still applies.

      • Bob

        I think it’s reasonable to assume that, if the door was mooving, it would be clearly visable and the “collision” is therefore her fault.

        • Bob

          Do you think I should have put quotes aroung the “moo” part of mooving so the troll would know the spelling was intentional?

          • jmr4774

            Arent you trolling just by commenting. Arent you all trolls?

          • jon

            just by commenting arent you trolling

          • bobby

            shutup man

      • trixlette

        Don’t worry the trolls will eventually get their paybacks… they age too.

      • Ed

        If you make a false assumption about me, that only makes an ass out of you.
        Here’s a perfect example. If you think Sean made an ass of himself with his assumption, do you actually think he made an ass of you too? (You, whose existence he was completely unaware of the time of his assumption?}
        Why do people just love to spout this ancient and untruthful line? Do you still think it makes you look clever?

  • george

    Memo to Evelyn Paswall: Virtually every retail establishment in the known world is separated from the rest of civilization by a door, glass or otherwise. CAUTION: Said door may actually be closed when you approach it.

    • Realist

      Thank you. Unless she was in a shopping mall, why would she think the entrance was open? Was she raised in a barn?

    • smashicus

      Evelyn didn’t Pass that Wall very well at all.

      • I R Bill


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