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Last October Rebecca White was shopping at her local Wal-Mart when a docile and easily frightened off nutria leapt out from behind a Coke rack and charged her and her cart. Terrified of the nearly twenty pound creature, Rebecca protectively rolled her very full shopping cart over her foot, breaking two of her own bones in an attempt to impress the animal with her resolve.
It ran away.
Wal-Mart workers who rushed to her aid laughed at the poor woman, saying that she had simply met Norman, a sort of “mascot” who lived in the store. (Presumably they also laughed at her broken foot, her panic attack, and her choice of laundry detergent as well.)
Rebecca’s attorney, Anthony Fontana, has aid that his client is suing Wal-Mart for “pain, suffering, mental anguish, fear, disabling injuries and medical expenses.” I’d add embarrassment at self injury in response to a killer nutria attack, as well as the fact that everyone knows she shops at Wal-Mart now.
To be fair, I can’t imagine being any more suave at having a two-foot long rat running at me than Rebecca was, and I’d probably want someone to foot the bill for my foot (heh heh) too. Come to think of it, I’d likely jump at any chance to sue Wal-Mart, just as a means of striking back for the little guy, and because it’s someplace I wouldn’t feel guilty about taking advantage of.