I really hate certain people in this country. Those spineless bastards who exploit the system for personal gain.
I was reading this article on Yahoo.com about a lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart this week. A family is suing Wal-Mart because they purchased a copy of Evanesence's new album, which features a song with the "F" word.
The family is pissed because Wal-Mart failed to put a Parental Advisory sticker on the album. They claimed that Wal-Mart was aware of the explicit lyrics because Wal-Mart's online music store accurately represents the Parental Advisory.
Some how, Wal-Mart deceived this family and as a result, it apparently warrants $75,000 in compensation for the inconvenience. How does this make ANY sense? What I find infuriating about this case is that it captures how horribly greedy some people in this country are. One album, minus one sticker, some how equates to $75,000 of compensation? I don't think so.
Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things that Wal-Mart does that appalls me. I do not agree with many of their business practices and hate their monopolistic behaviors. That said, those circumstances do not justify frivolous lawsuits against them or any other individual or corporation.
What is quite frustrating is that our legal system is being exploited on a daily basis by a small and dangerous few, ruining it for the rest of us. With these fraudulent lawsuits filed, the average American is having the foot the bill for those greedy assholes who are on the hunt for a quick pay-out.
People wonder why insurance rates are so high, or why doctors are so expensive, or why Wal-Mart has to raise their prices. It's because a bunch of jerks in this country take advantage of these companies for hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions, of dollars. The cost of the madness isn't some how magically absorbed by these company's bottom-lines, but are merely passed down to you and I, the consumer.
We need put some SERIOUS attention to tort reform in this country. I don't like the idea of making it more difficult for those who have legitimate claims to file their suits, but the fact is that illegitimate suits are raising the cost of living for every single American. This aggression cannot stand, man.
It's really quite simple, it comes down to us versus them. We, as a society, cannot keep going like this. This country was not founded for those looking to make a quick buck but for those looking to build a bright future for themselves and their children.
Every time there's a hundred thousand dollar pay-out for a scratch on rear bumper, we foot the bill. Every time someone buys a CD and sues the retailer for not putting the proper sticker on it, we foot the bill. It's completely looney.
What ever happened to tolerance? Why can't people just spend their lives trying to right their wrongs instead of just extorting the rich?
There's a biblical phrase 'an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth', I believe it attempts to capture the concept of proportional recompensation. In this society, we seem to think it's "a head for an eye". People deserve to be compensated, not rewarded, for their trouble. Until we can reestablish that concept within our legal system and society, things are just going to get worse.