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Woman, 82, Sues Trader Joe’s Over Falling Can Of Tuna

Trader Joe's store in Manhattan (file/credit: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Trader Joe’s store in Manhattan (file/credit: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An 82-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against a Trader Joe’s grocery store on the Upper West Side, claiming that staff did not help her after she was hit and injured by a can of tuna.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, Strage said she has become afraid to leave the house – let alone go to Trader Joe’s – because, she claims, a tower of tuna fish cans came crashing down when she was shopping at the grocery store chain’s Upper West Side location in February.

1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reports

“As she was going for some canned goods, a stack of tuna fish cans that was well above eye level fell, and one of them struck her in the eye and the nose,” said Michael Strage, Tatiana Strage’s son and attorney.

What made matters worse, Michael Strage said, is that the staff showed an indifference to his mother’s injuries.

Strage alleged that two workers stood by and did nothing when she had was bleeding from a gash to the face and said she was dizzy, and later just gave her wipes and a Band-Aid, the New York Post reported.

The lawsuit sought damages of $350,000.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

Monrovia, Calif.-based Trader Joe’s was founded by Joe Coulombe in 1958, and has been owned since 1979 by a trust set up by Theo Albrecht, one of the two founders of the Aldi supermarket chain.

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