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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Not News: Woman awarded $500k after losing part of her leg jumping onto a train. News: it was a moving cargo train. Fark: she wanted to look "cool"   (smh.com.au) divider line 83
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2007-04-30 12:08:23 AM
DARWIN is spinning in his grave
 
2007-04-30 12:20:12 AM
"Stumpy" is a cool nickname. Well, for a pirate anyway.
 
2007-04-30 12:25:14 AM
FTFA: But the intellectually handicapped hairdresser, now aged 26, panicked as the train gathered speed.

I guess "dumb as a sack of hammers" was a bit too on-target for the website?
 
2007-04-30 12:34:24 AM
The article says she has the reading level of an 8 year-old. That would make her an Honor roll student in the Los Angeles Unified School District
 
2007-04-30 01:15:08 AM
www.peta25.com

picture worth a thousand lawsuits...
 
2007-04-30 01:15:20 AM
So she's a moron?

How did she know to sue for $1 million, then?
 
2007-04-30 01:15:56 AM
But the intellectually handicapped hairdresser, now aged 26, panicked as the train gathered speed

Now there's a sentence you'll never see again in your life
 
2007-04-30 01:15:57 AM
Yeah, but my eight year old reads at a high school level.
 
2007-04-30 01:16:31 AM
mefi.be

approoves...
 
2007-04-30 01:16:42 AM
mildly intellectually handicapped...

I lol'ed.
 
2007-04-30 01:16:53 AM
I'd hit it and then push it in front of a train.
 
2007-04-30 01:17:31 AM
I'd hit it like a freight train

www.smh.com.au
 
2007-04-30 01:18:08 AM
Ms Retard! You have just won half a million for your own gross stupidity, what are you going to do next?


Durrrr me lawyer tole me to go have coffee at McDonalds now. Could I sue Disneyland next?
 
2007-04-30 01:18:44 AM
Only in America...
 
2007-04-30 01:19:18 AM
Um, Smitty, I think the first part of that headline would indeed qualify as "news."

/broadcast major.
 
2007-04-30 01:20:10 AM
egotripping88: Only in America...

I hope you're kidding. This happened in Australia.
 
2007-04-30 01:21:33 AM
Was she at least charged with trespassing?
 
2007-04-30 01:24:23 AM
wickedstageact2.typepad.com
/Would be a hittin 1 legged wench booty, arrrrr
 
2007-04-30 01:25:53 AM
BWHAHAHA egotripping88 is intellectually challenged!
 
2007-04-30 01:25:55 AM
oren0, if you see the ellipsis, don't ask questions. Just assume you're on the same page as the person who posted it.
 
2007-04-30 01:27:03 AM
img258.imageshack.us
 
2007-04-30 01:27:48 AM
Nathan Farr Good idea! They should charge her with trespassing, & make the fees for trespassing & site clean up a little under 500k.

Despite her being a stupid idiot, she should still have had the common sense not to jump onto a moving object, let alone a moving train. Since she obviously doesn't, they need to check her into a group home, since she cannot account for her actions. If she wants to argue that she knew what she was doing when she walked in, then she must give back the money. Otherwise she must be under constant surveillance until she is deemed able to supervise herself safely. And of course, she should pay for this service.
 
2007-04-30 01:28:59 AM
Don't worry guys. The next train will finish her off.

"Did we get her?"
"No, you only scored her leg."
"Damn, does this thing go in reverse?"

/Oh indeed.
 
2007-04-30 01:29:10 AM
The first time I tried that, the train damn near ripped my arm off. By the time I let go, I was going fast enough to get some nasty scrapes. My friends gave me a 10 for the face plant.

We did other stupid things, like running on the tops, changing the switches, throwing rocks.

Darwin got cheated.
 
2007-04-30 01:32:55 AM
I fail to see, also, how because of her own fault, her claim is halved 50%. If she sues for 1 million, she should be -charged- 1 million for it being 50% her fault.

Some of you may say that'd be 100%, but you fail to realize that this 50% is being taken out of what she is being awarded. Hence, she's not "losing" anything by her claim being halved to 50% of what she sued for.

I mean, what if she had sued for $5 million. Would they be like, "Lol, well, I guess they should have patched that fence, so it's their fault... but you're a dumbass, so it's 50% your fault too. Let's see, 5 million, okay, you get 2.5 million."

Forget that! Judge should instead say, "Hrm, I would award you 1 million... but... it was your fault too, so I'm awarding the train company 1 million as well. Get the hell out, idiot."
 
2007-04-30 01:35:08 AM
"Sure, they say she's retarded, but those titties ain't retarded!"

img266.imageshack.us
 
2007-04-30 01:35:47 AM
Retarded hairdresser, I hate you with every fiber of my being.
 
2007-04-30 01:36:40 AM
I hope she dies in a fire before she can enjoy too much of it.
 
2007-04-30 01:37:47 AM
The intellectually handicapped hairdresser, aged 26, panicked as the train gathered speed. (edited)


This is Bulwer-Lytton worthy.
 
2007-04-30 01:38:25 AM
ignite ice: "Hrm, I would award you 1 million... but... it was your fault too, so I'm awarding the train company 1 million as well. Get the hell out, idiot."

You should quickly learn that court rooms and juries are no place for logic. What he should have done was rule that the train company had no reason to protect people from being that much of an idiot and ruled she pay for court fees. But alas our legal system is meant for people to blame everyone but themselves.
 
2007-04-30 01:41:22 AM
Would have been cheaper if she had been killed out-right.

What part of "don't play with real trains" did her parents not get through to her as a child.
 
2007-04-30 01:43:24 AM
OK, aside from the fact that the jury who bought this bogus argument and should be publicly horse-whipped on a daily basis if not DIAF, this biatch needs a bullet to the brain right now.
 
2007-04-30 01:43:25 AM
an intellectually handicapped hairdresser????? How do the retarded get jobs where they handle scissors all day? How does this happen???
 
2007-04-30 01:45:15 AM
Pay it in Monopoly money. The tard will never know the difference.
 
2007-04-30 01:45:52 AM
I jumped onto a moving freight (goods for you Oz types) train one night. Of course, not being an intellectually handicapped hairdresser, I stayed on when the train gathered speed. Sure, I had to walk 23 miles to get back home that night/morning, but you don't see me walking in circles because I forgot to attach the peg, do you?
 
2007-04-30 01:48:24 AM
So it's the railroad's fault she was too "intellectually challenged" to keep off the tracks?? Exactly how challenged is she? IQ of 80, 90? Do they only allow her to cut other retarded people's hair? No one I know needs that much of a discounted haircut.
 
2007-04-30 01:48:32 AM
Marky got with Sharon
And Sharon got Cherese
She was sharing Sharon's outlook
On the topic of disease
Mikey had a facial scar
And Bobby was a racist
They were all in love with dyin'
They were doing it in Texas
Tommy played piano
Like a kid out in the rain
Then he lost his leg in Dallas
He was dancing with a train
They were all in love with dyin'
They were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain
 
2007-04-30 01:49:20 AM
God, this is a girl who got by all her life being a hot ditz, now she's nationally known as the retarded amputee.

That's a hell of a thing.
 
2007-04-30 01:51:31 AM
an intellectually handicapped hairdresser????? How do the retarded get jobs where they handle scissors all day? How does this happen???

Every hairdresser I've ever known did coke/meth/E etc often. Not to mention the girls who decide they want to dress hair and thus attend vocational school do it for a reason. No 2+2 or D_G there.
 
2007-04-30 01:52:33 AM
Dumb luck? I guess the idea is to punish negligence. Rewards go to the victim of such negligence. Of course in this case victim was a party to the accident, but it could have been one of the children, especially if the line is running through residential ares (though to callous Farker it wouldn't have made a difference). Of course if the locals are cutting the fence the railway is pretty much helpless and they propably tried to use that as an argument. Of course the problem with state owned entities being sued for damages is, whether they will really be accountable.
 
2007-04-30 01:56:00 AM
TFA intellectually handicapped hairdresser

Redundant.
 
2007-04-30 01:57:18 AM
We used to jump on moving freight trains when I was a kid. If I had lost my leg due to jumping on a moving train my father would have finished the job by removing the rest of my remaining limbs.
 
2007-04-30 01:57:38 AM
She caught the katy
And left me a mule to ride
She caught the katy
And left me a mule to ride
Now my baby caught the katy
Left me a mule to ride
The train pulled out
I swung on behind
Crazy bout her
That hard headed woman of mine
 
2007-04-30 01:59:31 AM
TFA again: Justice Bell said that at the time of the accident the fence had been missing its mesh panel for about six months.

It was repaired twice a year, but the rail corridor was frequently used as a shortcut by locals and, within days of being mended, the fence would be cut again.


Shouldn't they be awarding damages against the locals who cut the fence? Why is it the rail infrastructures fault when their facilities are systematically vandalised in order to allow the accident to happen?

For that matter, shouldn't the biatches parents be fined for having a criminally stupid child?

Shouldn't the woman be executed for not meeting the grade?

The answer is simple. The intellectually handicapped aren't just hairdressers, they're judges and lawmakers as well.
 
2007-04-30 02:05:22 AM
darkhorse23

You win the Internet.
 
2007-04-30 02:07:34 AM
Supreme Court Justice Virginia Bell found in favour of Ms Russell but reduced her damages by 50 per cent today because of contributory negligence.

How did she come to the 50% figure? Why not 90%?
 
2007-04-30 02:08:48 AM
So if i can out smart any companies security system and encure a injury i can sue them?.........Kaching!!
 
2007-04-30 02:14:33 AM
The court should apoint someone to look after all this money for her. Since she is retarded and all.
 
2007-04-30 02:16:33 AM
That does it, I am throwing my first-born on the tracks then suing for millions of money.

He may not be able to use one of his legs, but he'll get over it once the lawsuit money get him through college, get him a nice apartment, car and all the healthcare he'll ever need.
 
2007-04-30 02:26:37 AM
lelio: How did she come to the 50% figure? Why not 90%?

arbitration and arbitrary have the same root for a good reason.
 
2007-04-30 02:32:17 AM
A retarded amputee...

A fetishist's dream.

/How would you know?

//Ummm..I accidentally clicked some internet pages one day......
 
2007-04-30 02:46:10 AM
Unbelievable.

The judge needs to be brought up on revue. You award someone for trespassing and stupidity?

/I'd still hit it/
 
2007-04-30 02:51:14 AM
The judge just felt sorry because she didn't have a leg to stand on.

/ok i'll stop,-1
 
2007-04-30 02:59:14 AM
Great. A retard with sharp implements. I so want her to cut my hair.

/slashies
//all over your farking neck
///she did layer it nicely, though.
 
2007-04-30 04:07:51 AM
A rich, retarded, one-legged, brunette Martha Plimpton? Cut me off a piece of that!

Not that piece- a fresh piece!
 
2007-04-30 04:22:23 AM
img264.imageshack.us

one of her regulars
 
2007-04-30 04:23:01 AM
Article useless without stump shot.
 
2007-04-30 05:10:41 AM
my brother had a friend who he witnessed jumping on a slow moving train to tag it with spray paint. One of his feet ended up getting run over crushing and ripping it from his body. Don't jump on moving trains if you wish to keep your limbs.
 
2007-04-30 05:25:35 AM
i've done this without losing part of a leg.

now i almost wish i had.
 
2007-04-30 07:20:39 AM
I may sound like a jerk, but when I was a kid, it never so much as crossed my mind to "play" with any train that hadn't come out of a toy package, and I've never considered myself overly bright. How do these kind of stories even show up? It seems everyone has a story about playing with a moving vehicle (or knowing someone who did it) except me. Am I missing something?

/ besides a leg
 
2007-04-30 07:46:27 AM
ignite ice I'm with you on the 50:50.

Rail co. shouldn't stump up until clean up, repair and associated costs have been deducted from the award.

Once trauma counselling costs & downtime for train operatives, paramedics etc covered, anything left over can pay emergency medical treatment costs.

Once fence is fixed and electrified, should be enough left over to get her a pirate kit and a big tattoo on her forehead "DO NOT LET THIS DUMB biatch NEAR RAILWAY LINES".
 
2007-04-30 07:58:21 AM
oren0: egotripping88: Only in America...

I hope you're kidding. This happened in Australia.


Euro-jingoes.
 
2007-04-30 08:13:20 AM
Then she married Paul McCartney....
 
2007-04-30 08:18:03 AM
"Handicapped Haircuts"
"Special Scissors"
"Styles by Retard"
 
2007-04-30 08:25:33 AM
Yup, can see it now: a diamond encrusted peg leg, and a sterling silver set of scissors.
 
2007-04-30 08:41:43 AM
In order to balance things out, the company should be allowed to throw her off a train before they pay her.
 
2007-04-30 10:22:12 AM
ignite ice: fail to see, also, how because of her own fault, her claim is halved 50%

That's why that particular legal rule is called contributary rather that completely your own fault therefore you get nothing because of your negligence.
 
2007-04-30 10:42:04 AM
Being ideintified as "intellectually handicapped"? Priceless

/pc
//= stupid
 
2007-04-30 10:46:26 AM
I guess America isn't the only place that rewards stupidity.
But..."Because he made it look so easy I go, 'I could do this too,' " she said, agreeing that she copied him because she wanted to look "cool".

Shouldn't she have sued the guy instead though? Sounds like she wouldn't have tried it until she saw him do it.
 
F42
2007-04-30 11:18:16 AM
So, the judge is also mentally retarded then. Jolly good.
 
2007-04-30 11:27:46 AM
darkhorse23

dammit, i haven't heard that song in a while
/looks through library on mp3 player
 
2007-04-30 12:29:19 PM
I fail to see, also, how because of her own fault, her claim is halved 50%. If she sues for 1 million, she should be -charged- 1 million for it being 50% her fault.

Some of you may say that'd be 100%, but you fail to realize that this 50% is being taken out of what she is being awarded. Hence, she's not "losing" anything by her claim being halved to 50% of what she sued for."


She's being awarded 1 million. The train company is found to be half at fault and she's found to be the other half so they each pay half. It's not difficult.
 
2007-04-30 01:16:57 PM
Apparently it was a jury of her peers, to be sure.

BTW, if this makes people feel any better - if the found-money effect, which is fairly robust, comes into play, you'll read about her being bankrupt within one year.

I hate retards...they kill people then get off easy...because they're TARDED. Or do stupid things but get rewarded like this dumb coont...because they're TARDED.

If you're in such a mental state that you are not responsible for your actions, maybe you need to be removed from society? Anyone?
 
2007-04-30 01:20:45 PM
hear hear
 
2007-04-30 02:12:02 PM
my girlfriend is a hairdresser.

Ill be sure to keep her away from trains.
 
2007-04-30 02:52:58 PM
Ill be sure to keep her away from trains.

I met your girlfriend once. Too late.
 
2007-04-30 03:26:32 PM
Yeah, that makes sense. The rail line didn't prevent her from being a TOTAL FREAKING IDIOT, so they have to pay 500K. That's fair all right.
 
2007-04-30 03:27:02 PM
What they mean to say is that she is a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome child (being that most Aussies aka 'Roo farkers have workplaces with a 4 drink min.) but we should empathize with her plight...blah blah blah...farkin' tards...
 
2007-04-30 03:37:19 PM
Just wanted to once again biatch about the overuse of the Darwin reference, but then again it's FARK where at least half of the server is taken by repeated cliches that haven't been funny in, like, forever.
 
2007-04-30 03:51:56 PM
I love my wealthy, one legged hair dresser... I think I will name her ILEAN. If she were Asian...I'd call her IRENE.
 
2007-04-30 06:03:29 PM
Peg would also have been acceptable...
 
2007-04-30 07:46:33 PM
This beyotch gets to be pretty AND rich and it only cost her half a leg? Why the fark can't I be a retarded Great Clips employee? I can sweep up hair!

/The BA in English and Japanese, it does nothing.
 
2007-04-30 09:20:18 PM
That may be the hottest amputee-retard I've ever seen.

/One please
 
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