Personal Responsibility Takes a Twist.

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes a story like this.

A Los Angeles woman claims she was injured by her Victoria’s Secret thong, prompting her to sue the underwear manufacturer. The plaintiff in the case, Macrida Patterson, 52, attributed the May 2007 injury to a Victoria’s Secret “low-rise v-string,” according to a court document posted on The Smoking Gun.

Patterson’s lawyer told The Smoking Gun that a “design problem” caused a decorative metallic piece on the underwear to fly up and hit Patterson in the eye while she was putting the underwear on. Patterson’s product liability lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week.

The Smoking Gun reported that, prior to the lawsuit, officials from Victoria’s Secret had asked to see the offending underwear but were refused by Patterson’s lawyer. I had never checked out the Smoking Gun Web Site – what a lesson in lack of personal responsibility for actions!

Glued To His Seat: Shopper sues Home Depot, claims he was cemented to store toilet. This one was good too.

Our court system is so clogged with this type of nonsense law suit, that they don’t have time to manage the drug dealers, smugglers and felons of a serious type. Children and adults need lessons in personal responsibility. The choices they make are their own fault. We must all help people become the Leader of their own life. I am sick and tired of this wing nuts diverting attention in our legal system. I know some people will say I am wrong but I will stick to my guns on this one.

Then you look at the personal responsibility of the court to uphold the law of the land. I believe some of our judges need to take personal responsibility for interpreting the law consistently.

Remember the TLC approach to personal accountability and making choices.

Take it (have a plan if it is not how you want it)

Leave it (walk away or reject it)

Change it (be flexible and keep an open mind)

The women and the thong and the guy and the toilet seat made choices. Do they really think they will be awarded an easy buck by suing? Sad news is they probably will which intensifies the non-responsibility issue. This should be taught in every work environment.  Every leader must help employees understand that personal accountability, good communications and self-leadership is part of their job.

Let me know if you agree or disagree with this stand! Marsha

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  1. Noel Posus says:

    Thanks for the humour and the message this morning Masha.

    I needed the laugh and was a nice start to the day. That said, it’s also “not funny” about how when someone doesn’t take personal responsibility that it can have major consequences on society, such as clogging up the court system.

    Here in Australia, more specifically the state of New South Wales, we have the second highest rate of litigation anywhere in the world outside of California (I can’t remember the source of this but it’s only a few years old).

    However, the biggest difference is that our legislations severly restricts the types of payouts that someone could possibly be awarded by the courts. So, no one is going to get rich on this.

    There was the story of the young man at our famous Sydney beach, Bondi, who dove head first into the surf and hit a sandbar and became paralyzed. He sued the local council and won…but then it was overturned by a higher court highlighting that it was he was responsible for his actions, not the council’s responsibility for ensuring that people don’t dive into sandbars.

    So this case really helped cememt more of a cultural understanding in Australia that we are all responsible for our own choices and that the courts are taking a stand to ensure that no one gets paid millions of dollars for being irresponsible.

    I hope you enjoyed the story from Oz, and thank you for sharing some from North America.


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