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(NJ.com)   Parents sue Bronx Zoo for failing to notify them that the metal Dinosaur Safari token they fed their 3-year-old son wasn't edible   (nj.com ) divider line
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2014-02-03 02:07:55 PM  
4 votes:
Attendant probably shouldn't of handed it directly to the kid
2014-02-03 02:36:43 PM  
3 votes:

gopher321: An employee at the zoo handed the coin directly to 3-year-old Ethan Yi, who then swallowed the penny - imprinted with the words "Dinosaur Safari."

You might have missed that part subby.


Right? That is pretty stupid. The zoo should be totally on the hook for that. If you give a small item to a toddler, they are going to eat it and it will be your fault.

I do love how people who complain about so called frivolous law suits and complain about lack of personal responsibilities and then don't think companies should be held accountable for their actions.
2014-02-03 02:09:50 PM  
3 votes:
You DO NOT hand shiat to other people's kids.

/Unless the kid is unattended.
//Like in a restaurant, running around tables
///Here ya go, lil Bobby Tables, play with this knife.
2014-02-03 02:07:56 PM  
3 votes:
An employee at the zoo handed the coin directly to 3-year-old Ethan Yi, who then swallowed the penny - imprinted with the words "Dinosaur Safari."

You might have missed that part subby.
2014-02-03 02:31:50 PM  
2 votes:
Who handed the three year old the penny?
- If it was a zoo employee, damn right the zoo's paying the medical bill and legal fees.

- If it was a parent?  Ha ha, you have to sell your stuff AND pay for your lawyers.  Idiots.
2014-02-03 02:16:14 PM  
2 votes:

gopher321: An employee at the zoo handed the coin directly to 3-year-old Ethan Yi, who then swallowed the penny - imprinted with the words "Dinosaur Safari."

You might have missed that part subby.


/agreed. The parents didn't have a chance to get it...it was handed directly to the kid, who at 3, puts everything in their mouths. The zoo is liable.
2014-02-03 02:06:56 PM  
2 votes:
Screw you, you dumb fark people.  If you're really that stupid you deserve it and your child should be removed from your care.
2014-02-03 04:49:07 PM  
1 vote:
From the NY Post article:

"So the family forked over $16 for tickets, and the promise of a free gift, for which Ethan and his 5-year-old sister Harin soon began clamoring.
"They kept saying, 'I want it!'" the mom recalled.
The gift for each family member was a pressed penny, imprinted with the words "Dinosaur Safari" and secured with plastic wrapping to a postcard advertising more than 30 similar coins for sale. An employee handed the coin directly to Ethan, according to the Bronx Supreme Court lawsuit.
"I was really disappointed at the time," said Yi, who thought the gift would be more substantial.
Next thing she knew, Ethan was choking, and the family had three pennies - not four. "

So the coin was plastic wrapped to a postcard when handed out.
zez
2014-02-03 03:28:37 PM  
1 vote:
I babysit a 13mo old who knows not to put stuff in it's mouth that isn't food. If she finds something on the floor she holds it up and yells for me to take it from her.
2014-02-03 03:21:02 PM  
1 vote:

stuffy: Cold_Sassy: Screw you, you dumb fark people.  If you're really that stupid you deserve it and your child should be removed from your care.

But they didn't give it to the child. The park employe did.


That's right... park employee.  His title is "park employee", not "babysitter".  Why weren't the parents keeping an eye on their child?
2014-02-03 03:14:53 PM  
1 vote:

Cold_Sassy: Screw you, you dumb fark people.  If you're really that stupid you deserve it and your child should be removed from your care.


But they didn't give it to the child. The park employe did.
Ant
2014-02-03 03:09:05 PM  
1 vote:

fat boy: Attendant probably shouldn't of handed it directly to the kid


This. The comment at the end of the article about there being no warnings that pennies shouldn't be swallowed was stupid, but I think the complaint is valid.
2014-02-03 03:06:17 PM  
1 vote:
FTA:  The entire ordeal left the uninsured family with more than $50,000 in medical bills, he said.

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2014-02-03 03:00:25 PM  
1 vote:

Bit'O'Gristle: /agreed. The parents didn't have a chance to get it...it was handed directly to the kid, who at 3, puts everything in their mouths. The zoo is liable.


Gonna have to object to the "put everything in their mouth" thing. We done got a three year old, and while it doesn't matter to him if food has been cooked or not, or if he found it on the ground or what, it's going in his mouth.... he wouldn't just swallow a piece of metal. Either way, suing the zoo is pretty pathetic. I say, give them ten thousand dollars, sterilize them, and give their kid up for adoption. In fact, that offer should be made permanent---anyone who wants to be irreversibly sterilized without procreating should receive ten thousand dollars---perhaps twenty---in cash. It would be the biggest budget reducing move in history....
2014-02-03 02:56:16 PM  
1 vote:

mcsiegs: 1 or 2 year old?  Ok, valid.

At 3, a child does not put everything into their mouth anymore.  At 3 (and even leading up to 3), they know those simple concepts because you taught it to them.  Most 3 year olds would feel special getting the coin and want to hold on to it...not use it as dinner.

If anything, get a second opinion from another doctor.  I am NOT a doctor, but even passing that sounds mighty painful for a 3 year old.


THIS.

My 2-almost-3 year-old knows not to put stuff like that in his mouth.  Why?  Because we taught him that only food goes into his mouth, and "food" only includes people food, not the treats that he's allowed to give our dogs.

That being said, however, I think there is some sort of gray area here for accountability between the zoo, the family, as well as the doctor that told them "give it a few days and it'll pass."

Just glad I don't have to make that call.
2014-02-03 02:45:10 PM  
1 vote:

mama2tnt: gopher321: An employee at the zoo handed the coin directly to 3-year-old Ethan Yi, who then swallowed the penny - imprinted with the words "Dinosaur Safari."

You might have missed that part subby.

I nearly lost it in a restaurant when the server put an entire 24-ounce (full to the brim) glass of MILK in front of a friend's toddler - and that was BEFORE any of the monsters were born.


I doubt very much it was a 24 ounce glass. I can't think of a place that serves anything other than beer or soda in 16+ oz glasses.
2014-02-03 02:40:24 PM  
1 vote:
1 or 2 year old?  Ok, valid.

At 3, a child does not put everything into their mouth anymore.  At 3 (and even leading up to 3), they know those simple concepts because you taught it to them.  Most 3 year olds would feel special getting the coin and want to hold on to it...not use it as dinner.

If anything, get a second opinion from another doctor.  I am NOT a doctor, but even passing that sounds mighty painful for a 3 year old.
2014-02-03 02:40:04 PM  
1 vote:

mama2tnt: Yogimus: You DO NOT hand shiat to other people's kids.

/Unless the kid is unattended.
//Like in a restaurant, running around tables
///Here ya go, lil Bobby Tables, play with this knife.

Kids will settle down immediately if a "stranger" (someone who works for the restaurant or even you at the next table) tells them in "that" voice, "Sit down NOW!"
/been a mom for frickin' ever and I know everything that's important to know. so there.


Yup. Kids will tone out their folks, but they'll usually straighten up when they see strangers taking note of their behavior. You just have to really trust that their parents aren't going to flip out on you afterwards.
2014-02-03 02:29:49 PM  
1 vote:

Yogimus: You DO NOT hand shiat to other people's kids.

/Unless the kid is unattended.
//Like in a restaurant, running around tables
///Here ya go, lil Bobby Tables, play with this knife.


Kids will settle down immediately if a "stranger" (someone who works for the restaurant or even you at the next table) tells them in "that" voice, "Sit down NOW!"
/been a mom for frickin' ever and I know everything that's important to know. so there.
2014-02-03 02:18:22 PM  
1 vote:
dont rush to judge them for being too stupid.  doesnt matter if it sounds ridiculous to sue for not being notified not to swallow a penny, but when you have no insurance and a $50k hospital bill you'll stoop to whatever means you can think of to find a way to pay for it.  i think it probably can't hold up as a real defense but something so innocent as swallowing a penny turning into a $50k nightmare sucks for everyone involved.  their legal reasoning is just a desperate effort at taking care of $50k.  there might be an interesting followup tag down the road.  but also maybe not.  but probably as a consequence no one at that zoo will hand anything inedible to a 3 year old ever again.
2014-02-03 02:16:32 PM  
1 vote:
"Uninsured"???  How can that be?  I thought Obamacare was suppossed to take care of all the unwashed masses.....or is that unwashed asses.....probably couldn't log in to the website.
2014-02-03 02:13:50 PM  
1 vote:
You can sue anyone for anything.

Winning the lawsuit on the other hand. ...
2014-02-03 02:13:03 PM  
1 vote:
NY is such a shiathole, we pay all these taxes and a 3 year old can't even get emergency medical care without running up a 50k bill? MA has lower taxes and that kid would have had MassHealth.
2014-02-03 02:12:05 PM  
1 vote:
Natural Selection...
2014-02-03 02:11:52 PM  
1 vote:

Yogimus: You DO NOT hand shiat to other people's kids.

/Unless the kid is unattended.
//Like in a restaurant, running around tables
///Here ya go, lil Bobby Tables, play with this knife.


There is a local shop with a sign that says "unattended children will be given espresso" and they aren't kidding.
 
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