this woman breaks tooth and wants town to pay? What do you think?

United States
February 9, 2007 10:22pm CST
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (AP) Trying to get something done at town hall can be a pain, and for one local woman it was- literally. Joanne Harding broke a tooth on a Tootsie Roll she took from a candy jar in the town clerk's office in Abington Town Hall last month during a visit to get a license for her dog. She now wants the town to help pay her $4,000-$5,000 dental bill. "I took the candy, so it's partially my fault," Harding, 40, told the Patriot Ledger of Quincy. "I wouldn't have taken it if it wasn't there." Town Manager Phillip Warren Jr. forwarded Harding's request for financial assistance to the town's insurance carrier. "We'll wait to see what the insurance company says," Warren said. Meanwhile, the candy jars at the clerk's office remain. ___ Information from: The Patriot Ledger, http://www.patriotledger.com
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@emarie (5453)
• United States
10 Feb 07
STUPID!!! god this will never go through in the courts she might even have to pay for wasting the courts time. what some people would do just to get some money. thats all i can say...hey, man you can sue anyone in the US....most of the time, its not even a real case and mostly just a waste of time.
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@emarie (5453)
• United States
10 Feb 07
oh yeah, and how the HELL can a toostie roll BREAK a tooth?? you're teeth must have been in some pretty sorry condition for something thats pretty damn soft to break it.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
10 Feb 07
This is just stupid. A lot of companies have candy sitting out for their customers. I think it is her fault for taking the candy. You know the risk when you take a piece of candy. And if it was a peppermint or something how did she break her tooth if she was sucking on it unless she was chewing it which isn't the companies fault if she was being stupid.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I just noticed someone said that it was a tootsie roll well HELLO tootsie rolls usually are a harder candy and I usually have to leave it in my mouth for a few minutes before I try to chew it. I am so sick with these stupid lawsuits everyone tries to sue for something now a days.
• United States
11 Feb 07
That is just so ridiculous. The person helped themselves to the candy. The town hall did not break her tooth. I worked in insurance all my life and people wonder why insurance premiums are so high....duh? This kind of thing would not be covered under any insurance the town might be carrying.
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@fayzah (253)
• United States
11 Feb 07
well unfortunatly lots of people sue for stupid reasons to gain money, it was her fault she took and ate the candy, so she should not be entitled to sue, this is the reason our insurance keeps going up for petty things like this.
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@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I guess it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round ...lol she is a prime example of how I don't want to be ..except the responsibilty Ms. Harding and pay for your own dental bills ,don't be sueing someone for your mistakes ...wonder why insurace bills are geting outrageuos its because of outrageous people just like this Ms. Harding...
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Good gosh, it makes me sick to see people try to get others to pay for their choices. She chose to eat the tootsie roll. She could have thought to herself, "gee, those are known for being a little hard, I might lose a filling or worse yet break a tooth. I'm going to pass on having one today." But she chose to have one and needs to pay her own dental bill! Now, had there been a rock in that particular tootsie roll, then the tootsie roll company might need to help pay! As for me, I'm off to see my attorney. I have broken a fingernail into the quick, and my finger is infected. I am going to file suit to the laptop manufacturer and to myLot (the website on which I was typing when the initial injury occured!) ha!
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
I find "lawsuits" like these so tedious. What ever happened to free will and taking responsibility for our own actions. I just want to bang my head against a wall.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
10 Feb 07
People are just too quick to try to sue when anything goes wrong. Life is about decisions and consequences. This woman decided to take the tootsie roll (no one forced her to take it, unwrap it, and put it into her mouth). The result was a broken tooth, which everyone in the world realizes is a possibility when you eat candy such as tootsie rolls (and many other food items). It's unfortunate, but it's no one's fault except her own. She didn't have to take the candy, and it's not the manufacturer's fault either. They simply make the candy. Whether or not people choose to buy it or eat it is up not up to the company. I hope that the insurance company declines the claim. The more people who win these ridiculous claims, the more this type of thing gets reinforced. We can't blame someone else for every single misfortune that happens in our lives.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
10 Feb 07
"I took the candy...so its partially my fault." That should read, "I took the candy and it is all my fault." No one forced her to buy the candy. Obviously, she eats this type of candy and the same thing could have happened at home. Then who would pay the bill? This is another example of people refusing to take responsibility for their actions.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
Someone will have to pay but I think it will be the makers of the Tootsie Roll. If she kept it and can prove something was in it that should not be there.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
10 Feb 07
This is just another one of those ridiculous law suits such as the lady sueing McDonalds because she spilled coffee on herself and got burned because it was hot. I do feel sorry for the situation, I mean the broken tooth and the burns but do not agree with placing blame on others such as these. Should I sue mylot because my fingers hurt from typing? NO Should I sue each of you for my head ache from reading so much? NO
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@saralee1 (1983)
• United States
12 Feb 07
frivolous lawsuits like this one make other ones that are legitimate just look bad. If she had bad teeth, she should have resisted temptation to bite into a sticky caramel!(or whatever the heck they are made of!)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Sounds like that time that woman sued McD's because she spilled coffee on herself! She won, too. Notice the "sign" for the stupid people on McD's coffee cups? "Caution! Contents are HOT!" Sheesh!
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
12 Feb 07
I can't believe that someone would even think to sue the town. What on Halloween if our kids get a cavity we sue our neighbours. It seems like everyone is suing everyone these days. I think Harding should pay her dental bill and not eat tootsie rolls anymore.
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Omg! I don't think the town is responsible and now because this woman is asking them to you won't ever be allowed to have a free candy dish in any store, office, etc...geesh! lol. People are just insane. She should quit eating candy period and then maybe her teeth would stop breaking...lol...I'm just being funny, or trying to!!! Ha ha!
• United States
11 Feb 07
Why doesn't she try sueing the Tootsie Roll company? If they hadn't made the product it wouldn't be there for her to take. Then she could sue the people who sent Tootsie the chocolate to make the tottsie roll....and so on and so forth. This woman is nuts. Just because something is there doesn't mean you are forced to take it. If it goes to court I hope she is laughed out of the court room.