Inmates Sue Beer Companies; Say Booze Made Them Commit Crimes
If you can sue McDonald's because your coffee was "Too Hot" and didn't know any better, I guess you can sue Beer Companies because their product "made you commit a crime" right? That's what's happening in Idaho as a group of 5 inmates are suing beer and wine companies around the US saying their product made them "do it."
The suit was filed on December 10th by Keith Allen Brown, and co-plaintiffs Jeremy Joseph Brown, Cory Alan Baugh, Woodrow John Grant and Steven Todd Thompson. The group claims they should have been warned that alcohol could become addictive and behavior altered.
The suit involves some major players: Miller Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch Co., Adolph Coors Co., Brown-Furman Co., American Brands Inc., Pepsi-Cola, RJR Nabisco, Gallo's Winery, Ernest Gallo and Julio Gallo.
According to the filed complaint, the inmates drank alcohol without knowing they could become addicted and that they "done actions which have caused them to become incarcerated for a great portion of their lives." Adding: "The plaintiffs claim if they had not been addicted to the products sold by the defendants that they would have lead normal lives as productive members of society."
To top is all off, the money they are asking for. $700 in compensatory damages and $300 million punitive damages.
Yes, because you had no clue as an adult of what alcohol could do to you. Hell, for that reason every person should be able to sue for the ridicule they may have taken for a poor "partner" choice after a night of drinking and what they wake up to the next morning. Sounds stupid right? So does this suit.
We'll keep you posted on what happens next.
(Quotes from KBIO-TV)