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Fibber McGee avalanche experience no joke in real life

The crashing pyramid of foodstuffs -- it's a staple bit of humor in a lot of comedy movies and cartoons. But it turns out that when an avalanche of groceries tumbles down on people in real life it's not necessarily funny. It might be one thing if the items in the spill are rolls of toilet paper, but when they're cans of tomato sauce, the results can be truly painful and bloody.

The following item in this regard happened in a state other than Maryland, but it could easily have happened here. A 54-year-old man was wending his way through a warehouse style supermarket up in Connecticut in December 2009 when a stack of cans came down on him. He's now suing the chain for the personal injuries he suffered.

Specifically what happened is spelled out in his suit. According to court documents, the man claims he was at a Price Rite grocery store and reached for a can of tomato sauce. But when he picked one up, down came the whole stack on top of him. The mass of cans hit him in the face and he says he lost his footing and fell to the floor, hitting his head. He suffered a cut on his nose, a bruised head and injured his back.

As a result of his injuries, the man incurred bills for ambulance transportation, medical diagnosis and treatment. He says he also lost work time and is now unable to do some of the things he was able to do before the accident. He seeks reimbursement for all of that in an amount in excess of $15,000. The actual amount being sought hasn't been specified.

The man claims that Price Rite should have known about the unsafe situation posed by the stacked cartons and that the company failed to adequately protect or warn its patrons of the possible danger.

Source: Hartford Courant, "Lawsuit Claims Man Injured By Crashing Cans Of Tomato Sauce," Denise Buffa, Jan. 10, 2012

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