In the midst of the on-going Syrian crisis and the Miley Cyrus saga, a terrible problem in America is going unnoticed: killer plastic bags.
Plastic bags are killing people everywhere.
Okay, not everywhere. But they seem to be in Sarpy County, Nebraska.
Sarpy County resident Williams Freis is suing Wal-Mart, claiming that an overfilled plastic bag ripped open and led to the death of his wife.
On April 16, 2010 Lynette Freis was shopping at Wal-Mart. As she checked out, her cashier put her groceries in bags. In one bag, the cashier put two 42-ounce containers of a La Choy product and a two pound bag of rice. The cashier did not double bag the groceries. (Note: when in doubt, double bag.)
As Freis was walking to her car, the bag ripped open. One of the La Choy cans fell on her toe, cutting and fracturing it. She developed and infection from cut. Despite antibiotics and hospitalization, Freis died from the infection on March 12, 2011.
William Freis is now suing Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart's bag distributor, and the bag's manufacturer for the death of his wife.
He is suing Wal-Mart for not properly training their employees on bagging procedures. He is also suing the bag’s manufacturer, Hilex Poly Co., claiming the bag was defective. Freis is suing Bunzle Distribution, the company that distributes the bags to Wal Mart, as well.
The lawsuit is seeking $657,000 for medical and funeral expenses, plus an unspecified amount for her pain and suffering and the loss to her husband.
Representatives from Hilex Poly Co. and Bunzle have not commented on the lawsuit.
Wal-Mart spokesperson Randy Hargrove extended condolences to Freis, and said that “customer safety is a top priority, and we take it seriously any time an injury is reported in one of our stores.”
Hargrove declined to comment directly on the lawsuit.