Seeing as dumb lawsuits are the new normal, the idea of a woman trying to ride a little injury to a big payday probably won’t raise all that many eyebrows. That said, weird cases are one thing – suing America’s team is taking it to a whole new level.
According to the Star-Telegram, Jennelle Carrillo is suing Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys over injuries she sustained while sitting through a scrimmage at Cowboys Stadium two years ago. Yes, you read that correctly – she’s suing over something that happened two years ago. But that’s not the best part of the story.
Apparently, she suffered third-degree burns on her butt because of the black marble bench that she 'had' to sit on.
"It was hot enough to produce third-degree burns through her clothing that day," said Mike Wash, the attorney representing Carrillo. "She did not stay for the scrimmage. I'm surprised there aren't more reports of burn injuries from sitting on those dark black benches."
The Star-Telegram notes that it was 101 degrees out on Aug. 10, 2010 – the day that changed Carrillo’s butt forever.
According to the paperwork filed for this case: "No signs were posted at or near the bench warning that it was too hot to sit on nor was the bench roped off to prevent persons from sitting on it.” The lawsuit also notes that Carrillo suffered mental anguish, physical pain and disfigurement as a result of what transpired.
When reviewing this story, one can’t help but wonder: if the bench was hot enough to cause burns, why didn't this lady just, you know, stand up?