Woman Sues Bacardi Over Rum Burn
So we keep seeing stories about this woman who's suing Bacardi over a burn she received when a fellow bar patron lit on fire a stream of 151 Rum being mixed into a drink by a bartender. Now, don't think we're heartless bastards for saying this (though we are), but we think there's something fishy about the whole thing. Yeah, we feel bad she got burned and all but is it really Bacardi's fault? If it happened in 2002 why is the suit just coming around now? And shouldn't the lighter of the rum be sued instead of the producer of the rum? What do you think - does the fact that Bacardi is the number one-selling spirit in the US have something to do with the target on their back?
A bartender, who was not identified in the lawsuit, was pouring shots when a customer lit a menu on fire and placed it in the stream of alcohol. A bottle of Bacardi 151 that was being used to pour the shots turned into a flame thrower and sent flaming rum all over Alleyne, the lawsuit said.
A telephone message left after hours at the office of Robert Dickman, Alleyne's attorney, was not immediately returned.
The lawsuit alleges that Bacardi 151 proof rum "emits a high volume of combustible and explosive vapor" which makes it "unreasonably dangerous" and defective.
- If you're concerned, feel free to contact Bacardi to donate to their legal defense fund.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at July 30, 2006 2:34 PM
I agree that the person responsible is the nitwit
who lit the stream of rum, not Baccardi, and I wouldn't be surprised if he is one of the defendants. Very likely he, Baccardi, the bartender, and the bar are all named as defendants. The reason for including Baccardi is presumably that they can afford to pay much more than the others and may settle just to avoid the bad publicity and the cost of going to trial.
Sounds just like the unjustified lawsuits that keep hounding the gun manufacturers. These unjustified lawsuits are being overridden and the basic consensus is finally "Blame and fault the user, not the product or its manufacturer"