Extorting Wal-Mart

Man Sues Wal-Mart Over Tainted Peppers

By Ylan Q. Mui
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 2, 2008; D03
A Colorado man is suing Wal-Mart and an unnamed supplier, saying that he fell ill after eating jalapeño peppers bought from the company tainted with the same strain of salmonella that has infected more than 1,300 people over the past three months.
Brian Grubbs’ wife purchased the peppers at a Wal-Mart store in Cortez, Colo., on June 26, according to the lawsuit. Grubbs eats them raw on sandwiches and said in the suit that within a few days he began experiencing diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, among other symptoms. He also claimed that he was severely dehydrated and could not walk without assistance.
Brian Grubb is the (barely) walking exemplar of the term ‘grubbing out a living‘ as he extorts Wal-Mart for–what else?–money. Severe dehydration hasn’t prevented him from bringing one of those spilled-hot-coffee suits against a mega-corporation he assumes will somehow prefer to ‘settle’ for big bucks rather than go to court.
Whaddya bet his lawyer is taking this one on a percentage of settlement basis?
Wal-Mart is not my favorite company. They are in my opinion guilty of a number of things that go against my particular grain, but being cavalier with food-safety is not one of them. Let’s hope Wal-Mart takes this one down to the wire.

2 thoughts on “Extorting Wal-Mart

  1. Your “read entire article” link is broken: It goes to your own computer rather than the article.

    I think you want to use this link.

    This is a terrible essay. You usually turn out A work, but I give this one a solid F. I’ll post about it on my own blog shortly.

  2. Tainted peppers and spilled hot coffee.

    Let me apologize in advance if I have missed some irony.

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