I wanna cash a check too!
A man in Alabama was given $7.5 million in a lawsuit against Walmart after he tripped while trying to purchase a watermelon.
Henry Walker made a claim that his foot became trapped in a pallet beneath the watermelons as he reached for one of the fruits at a Phenix City store in June of 2015. Walker, 59 at the time, then broke his hip.
“You don’t expect to go into a grocery store walking fine on your two feet and come out on a stretcher,” Walker’s lawyer Shaun O’Hara told AL.com.
Walmart maintained that the display was not, but Walker’s lawyers say the store should have covered the pallet. The same displays are still used at the store, according to court records.
“It was a fair verdict because Walmart just didn’t care,” attorney Charlie Gower told the Ledger-Enquirer. “They should have had something to cover up that pallet so someone’s foot couldn’t get caught in it, and they didn’t.”
A jury on Wednesday awarded Walker $2.5 million in compensatory damages, and $5 million in punitive damages.
Walmart says it plans to appeal, claiming any negligence was Walker’s fault.
“We are disappointed in the verdict,” Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said Thursday. “We appreciate the jury’s service, however we believe that the damages awarded were excessive in light of the facts in this case. We plan to appeal.”
Walker used to play basketball several times a week, but the Army veteran now needs help to walk, according to AL.com.
“I think this jury appreciated what Mr. Walker went through and they compensated him accordingly,” David Rayfield, one of Walker’s lawyers, told the Ledger-Enquirer. “This is a great verdict for the community because this jury wanted to make sure it was safe for shoppers.”
No bullshit, I’ve been to Walmart and I see that they are always wanting their associates to go above and beyond to keep things safe, and I’ve been to others where they just didn’t give a damn. There was one time I was at this Walmart and they had these barbells up on top of a shelf inside the trash baskets (where they weren’t supposed to be). A kid pulled one of the trash baskets down and the bucket was heavier than expected and he dropped it. I know that doesn’t sound like a big deal but what if there was another scenario where he didn’t drop it and it actually hit him in the head or crushed his feet.
But that’s just a story.