Kansas City Royals’ Fan Suing Team After Being Hit in Eye With Hot Dog
Anything can happen in America, right? One thing is for sure, anything can happen in the American legal system. In today’s sue-happy world, people are routinely taken to court for the most ridiculous things. Well, here’s a new one for you – a fan is suing the Kansas City Royals after being hit by a hot dog tossed by the team’s mascot. Yes, you read that correctly.
John Coomer is suing the Royals for $20,000 after a hot dog damaged his eye back in 2009. The Royals routinely throw out the classic ballpark items to fans and apparently, Coomer didn’t see the foil-wrapped dog heading his way. It caught him in the eye and he subsequently had to have two eye surgeries. One was to repair a detached retina and the other was to repair a cataract that he developed as a result of the injury.
Coomer has been forced to fork over $4,500 so far to make the necessary repairs to his eye.
So the big question in all of this, is whether the ‘baseball rule’ applies. In the insurance world, there’s a thing called ‘assumed risk’ which applies to things like baseball games. It’s an assumed risk that if you go to the ballpark, you might get hit on the head by a foul ball. It happens.
So as we speak, Missouri courts are determining if the same principle applies to the ‘hot dog toss’ that routinely takes place at Kauffman Stadium.
I fully under stand Mr. Coomer’s intent here to get reembursed, but come on man, pay attention when the mascot is flinging hot dogs around.
Only in America, only in America.
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