A Case for Tort Reform: Employees get fired after capturing a shoplifter because their employer is afraid of the shoplifter suing them

 

This one of those stories that make you scratch your head.  Check it out here.  Two employees on break help a security guard capture a fleeing shoplifter and their employer fires them a few days later for violating company policy.  Apparently, most companies prohibit employees from apprehending shoplifters for fear of lawsuits from the shoplifters themselves if they get hurt because someone body slams them to prevent a getaway.

I just think this is most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of.  How does someone who gets hurt in the process of breaking the law even have standing to sue anyone who hurts them while they’re in the midst of committing a crime?  It seems to me that someone fool enough to do that was asking for it.  If a shoplifter can sue in this instance, what’s to prevent a burglar from suing because he slipped and fell on a bar of soap while he was ransacking your house for valuables?

This is where it’s clear to me that tort reform and reigning in of trial lawyers is badly needed.  All this sort of thing does is add a layer of non productive costs to just about everything just so some ambulance chaser can get paid.  Don’t get me wrong—I do believe lawyers serve a useful purpose in our society, it’s just that the law has gotten totally out of hand when a criminal can sue because someone hurts him while he’s committing a crime.

 

Advertisements
Comments
3 Responses to “A Case for Tort Reform: Employees get fired after capturing a shoplifter because their employer is afraid of the shoplifter suing them”
  1. Mark Baird says:

    Where is the empirical evidence that “frivilous” lawsuits are running rampant. News tends to hype many things for one reason and one reason only, to sell news.

    • Greg L says:

      There’s emprical evidence abound once one starts to examine the layers of cost added to things like auto insurance, health care costs and etc. Let’s face it, America is a litigious society and most of the litigation has no purpose other than being rumerative for the legal profession.

Trackbacks
Check out what others are saying...
  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by AA CLARION CALL. AA CLARION CALL said: A Case for Tort Reform: Employees get fired after capturing a shoplifter because their employer is afraid of the shop… http://wp.me/pJCpL-o9 […]



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: