Saturday, May 22, 2010

Gotta Scratch Your Head

A woman in Canada is suing a wireless phone service for $600,000.00 claiming the company is responsible for the breakup of her marriage. 

Here's the scoop.  The woman admits to being unfaithful to her hubby who, up until the wireless service boo-booed and sent the bill to her home, sat happy and clueless about the affair. After reviewing the bill he noted a repeat number and called it (clueless, maybe, but not dumb), thus exposing his wife's cheating ways. Hubby packed his bags and exited the marriage.

The lawsuit claims that were it not for the errant bill the husband would have been ignorant of the affair and, therefore, remained in the marriage. Ergo, the marital mushroom cloud is the fault of the wireless company.  Huh.

Eschewing personal responsibility is the norm for a lot of folks, but this is one for the Scratch Your Head marquee.  Apparently, the woman takes no personal responsibility for having the affair in the first place.  I'm curious to see what the Canadian courts do with this one, ay.

How about you? What is the worst case you've seen of Personal Responsibility Blasted to Smithereens?  No political references, buttercup, 'cuz that's just too easy.

Personally responsible for ooh-gobs of stuff -
Lisa

10 comments:

  1. My former sister-in-law, for more than 25 years, was struck in her car and killed by Leonard Little, St. Louis Ram's football player. Seems there are two sets of laws in our country, one for drunk driving all stars, and another set for those of us in the real world. It's a long story with a horrible outcome, one that polarized our town. He did a couple months 'jail' time, uh-hu! When he got out he got a ticket for speeding etc. etc. etc. I am not bitter; I just will not ever be able to sit on a jury again because the laws in our country don;t apply to everyone.

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  2. Oh, Linda! What a tragic experience for you and your family. Stories like this make me angry, sad and frustrated. I admire you for not being bitter; I don't know that I could tamp that down. What you say is true about the inequality in the law. The injustice hurts everyone.

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  3. Oops, sorry, Lisa! Left my personal responsibility comment back there with the heels.

    That's what happens when I get caught up in reading your brilliant blog posts!

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  4. Keep complimenting me and I won't take offense at anything. LOL I forgot you taught--I bet you heard all kinds of excuses. The parents of teens hear a lot of that, too. Taking responsibility for stuff is so hard to teach, even by example. No one wants to be wrong!

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  5. Lisa, that one is pretty darn hard to top, although there are tons out there I'm afraid...like the McD's hot coffee lady, don't remember the details any more, but I remember it was ridiculous. I don't get those kinds of people either.

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  6. Gosh, I'd forgotten about that woman. She ordered hot coffee at the drive through and spilled it on herself. She decided it was the restaurant's fault that she got scalded and the court agreed with her. I never understood how she won that one.

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  7. Lisa, here is one. I was once married to a man who tried his best to avoid personal responsibility most of the time. He started a new job and was counting on the first direct deposit paycheck to be directly deposited on a Wednesday. So, of course, he began writing checks on Monday. Things did not go as planned, the paycheck was not on time and he had a couple of hundred dollars in bounced check fees. His solution? Make his supervisor pay for them out of his own pocket! And the guy did, and my ex still felt like he was justified in his demands. Brother.

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  8. This is the grand world we live in...it's not my fault...and if it is I am going to lie my ass off to throw blame elsewhere!

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  9. Good post, Lisa! The ones that have really angered me lately, are the cheating husbands!! The "new illness" now is Sex Addiction! Yeah Right! It's SO stupid!! Talk about not accepting responsibility!

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  10. Hi Kathy - Holy moly! He must have been a real salesman to convince his boss to cover the fees. I wouldn't even have the courage to ask such a thing; I'd be too embarrassed about the bounced checks!

    Hey Carrie - Crazy, right? How do you suppose this became the norm?

    Hi Becky - There does seem to be a sudden surge of "sex addiction" in the celebrity world. If it's an addiction then they aren't at fault, right? I don't believe any of this is new, it is just that technology makes secrets hard to keep.

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