Wal-Mart plastic bag lawsuit: Filed under the “Are you kidding me?” category of news has to be this trending story: A Nebraska man who has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart, claiming an overstuffed plastic grocery bag led to his wife’s dearth. The bizarre Aug. 29 story was carried by The Associated Press via Fox News.
The Plattsmouth, Neb. man who filed the suit, William Freis, says that the failure of a Bellevue Wal-Mart clerk to properly bag their groceries, back in 2010, led to a fatal infection that ultimately took his wife, Lynette Freis’ life.
The Associated Press picks up the story:
"A cashier placed two 42-ounce cans of a La Choy product and a 2-pound bag of rice in a single bag and handed it to Lynette Freis. The bag broke as she carried it to her car, and one of the cans fell on her right big toe, cutting and fracturing it."
Lynette’s injuries were so severe that the infection spread through her body, and despite a regimen of "antibiotics, hospitalizations and two surgical procedures," she died on March 12, 2011.
The reason for the lawsuit? Because Wal-Mart failed to properly train its employees on the dangers of not double-bagging, the suit alleges.
The lawsuit goes so far as to name the bag’s manufacturer, Hilex Poly Co. of Hartsville, S.C., and Wal-Mart’s distribution company, Bunzle Distribution, which provides the plastic bags to Wal-Mart, as all being liable for Lynette’s death.
Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove would not discuss specifics of the lawsuit, opting instead to express condolences to the Freis family.
According to the AP report, the lawsuit seeks nearly $657,000 for medical and funeral expenses, "plus an unspecified amount for her pain and suffering and the loss to her husband."
"Customer safety is a top priority, and we take it seriously any time an injury is reported in one of our stores." Hargrove went on to say.