Here’s a case against Walmart that’s happening close to where I live and thought it would be interesting to throw into GDs.
For those who can’t click the article, here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
Customer goes into Walmart to pick up a prescription, employees notice she appears to be intoxicated. Apparently she’s “a regular” and this behavior is common. Employees ask her to leave the store, she becomes belligerent, but leaves. Drunk woman gets in car, and while backing out, hits a woman who is loading items into her trunk, pinning her to the car and seriously injures her. The woman who was hit is suing the driver, as well as Walmart. The victim claims that Walmart had a responsibility to make sure she was safe while on Walmart property.
I’ve heard of bars and restaurants being held responsible for allowing drunks to leave their establishments, but that’s generally because they’ve served the customer and in doing so are partially responsible for their intoxication. This is causing a bit of a firestorm around here, because they’re saying a precedent could be set for any business. For example: a guy’s had a few beers while mowing his lawn and needs a new spark plug for his trimmer, so he runs to Mom & Pop’s hardware store to grab one. While in the store, Pop smells beer on his breath, but doesn’t think anything of it, and the guys leaves. Was it Pop’s duty to call the police to let the know he thinks the guy may be driving under the influence?
Anyway, I thought it was an interesting case, so I figured I’d throw it out there and see if it takes root. Discuss if you’d like.