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    i can't tell whether you think she's in the wrong for suing or not. i say power to her. who knows what was involved in her winning the contest. perhaps she brought in much revenue for the company and then felt the joke was a diss. the article's lack of details blows.

    mc
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    Read this article before. The owner let the joke go too long. Woman did make lots of sales, and was never let on to it being a joke until time for owner to pay up.

    Agree that she should have and did win the suit.
    RJuhl
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    Originally posted by rjuhl
    Read this article before. The owner let the joke go too long. Woman did make lots of sales, and was never let on to it being a joke until time for owner to pay up.

    Agree that she should have and did win the suit.
    I guess you are right... though I still think sueing is a bit dramatic for a joke gone wrong...
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    agreed. kudos to the reporter for providing little to no actual information. I bet the owner was being a real ***** about it.
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    Originally posted by ToolkiT


    I guess you are right... though I still think sueing is a bit dramatic for a joke gone wrong...
    Normally agree, but a joke that goes on for months where the owner makes profit, ceases to be a joke. Waitress worked hard and owner was trying to take advantage, calling it all a joke.

    Wouldn't have been fair to the waitress NOT to have won.

    And I do believe we are too quick to sue in this country. Things like this are just stupidity and take up the courts time. Think what justified this as a legitimate suit was the length of time the joke went on and the intentional harm to another person.

    my two cents.
    RJuhl
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    Originally posted by ToolkiT
    I guess you are right... though I still think sueing is a bit dramatic for a joke gone wrong...
    In most cases, I'd agree, but this wasn't a joke between friends. It was an employer holding a sales contest between employees. He then led the winning employee (who presumedly increased his business quite significantly) into the parking lot blindfolded (talk about dramatic), into who knows how big of a crowd, and humiliated her. This wasn't a joke gone wrong. It went exactly as he planned (except for the getting sued part). If you want to call it a 'cruel prank', I'd agree, but it definitely wasn't a joke.
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    Lots of unanswered questions in the article.

    Beer sales contest? How much extra selling was involved- enough to create a legitimate hope of a real car as the main prize? Thats a LOT of beer to sell in two months or less. (The article does not say how long the contest ran, but if she won in May and it was an April Fool's joke, we can assume that it went from April 1 to May 31 at the longest- and could easily have ended May 1st).

    Do they often run such contests with such extravagent prizes? Was there a history of either big prizes or jokes she should have used to base her expectations on? One of my kids works at a restaraunt where they often have similar contests- and the prize is often worth even less than a 'new toy Yoda'!

    How was the prize advertised? If it was in print and said 'Toyota', then that is one thing. If this was entirely a verbal deal, then shouldn't THAT have set off a few warning bells?

    What about the other employees? Did they think that a real car was the prize? Was this a joke she was singled out for?

    Trying to judge the case on the basis of this far-too skimpy article is an interesting exercise in speculation, but we do not know enough from this if there is a basis to win a suit or not. Thank God that is the judge's problem, not ours!
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    Originally posted by Madkins007
    Lots of unanswered questions in the article.
    Sure, but considering the outcome of the case, we can guess.
    Beer sales contest? How much extra selling was involved- enough to create a legitimate hope of a real car as the main prize? Thats a LOT of beer to sell in two months or less.
    Considering the markup for beer at most restaurants, I doubt if it was an infeasible amount.
    (The article does not say how long the contest ran, but if she won in May and it was an April Fool's joke, we can assume that it went from April 1 to May 31 at the longest- and could easily have ended May 1st).
    One would think that an April Fools 'joke' should have _ended_ on the 1st to make it plausible that it was the real excuse.
    Do they often run such contests with such extravagent prizes? Was there a history of either big prizes or jokes she should have used to base her expectations on? One of my kids works at a restaraunt where they often have similar contests- and the prize is often worth even less than a 'new toy Yoda'!
    Sure, but Hooters isn't the typical restaurant.
    How was the prize advertised? If it was in print and said 'Toyota', then that is one thing. If this was entirely a verbal deal, then shouldn't THAT have set off a few warning bells?

    What about the other employees? Did they think that a real car was the prize? Was this a joke she was singled out for?
    If it was, that would seem to make it more malicious and even less likely to be a 'joke'.
    Trying to judge the case on the basis of this far-too skimpy article is an interesting exercise in speculation, but we do not know enough from this if there is a basis to win a suit or not. Thank God that is the judge's problem, not ours!
    Yep, and it seems that somebody thought that the judge would see it her way.
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    Originally posted by Toby
    and humiliated her.
    But her tight orange shirt and skimpy shorts didn't.
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    Originally posted by K. Cannon
    But her tight orange shirt and skimpy shorts didn't.
    Should people be humiliated at the beach because they're wearing a bikini? When in Rome...
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    Originally posted by Toby
    Should people be humiliated at the beach because they're wearing a bikini? When in Rome...
    Yes, some people should be humiliated to wear a bikini, but I suspect it's for a different reason than someone who works at Hooters'.
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    Originally posted by K. Cannon
    Yes, some people should be humiliated to wear a bikini
    Unfortunately, most of those who should be aren't
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    Originally posted by K. Cannon

    But her tight orange shirt and skimpy shorts didn't.
    The shirts are white and the shorts are orange. She also took the job, negating the humilitaing costume argument
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    Originally posted by Toby
    Yep, and it seems that somebody thought that the judge would see it her way.
    Eh, possibly. We don't know the details of the settlement other than the lawyers catchy quote about 'pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants.' (Not to split hairs, but I notice he did not say she could "buy" any Toyota she wants!)

    A lot of places settle even frivolous suits just to avoid the hassles. Being involved in a legal battle myself right now, I would gladly settle- even though I am in the right and am sure a judge would see it my way- just to get out of this mess.

    The comments about Hooters not being a typical place, and from the look of their website, etc. I think it would have been perfectly in line with what appears to be the corporate philosophy for this whole thing to have been a gag from the beginning.

    Again- I wonder what the other employees thought they were going to get.
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    Originally posted by dampeoples

    The shirts are white and the shorts are orange.
    Having never been to a Hooters, I thought I did pretty good.

    She also took the job, negating the humilitaing costume argument
    I certainly wasn't suggesting that she proceed on a humiliating costume cause of action. i'm saying that being blindfolded might not be all that humiliting to someone wearing some skimpy clothes for money.
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    Originally posted by Madkins007
    Eh, possibly. We don't know the details of the settlement other than the lawyers catchy quote about 'pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants.' (Not to split hairs, but I notice he did not say she could "buy" any Toyota she wants!)
    I think you're stretching there.
    A lot of places settle even frivolous suits just to avoid the hassles.
    If they settled it for the cost of a Toyota, that's on par with losing.
    Being involved in a legal battle myself right now, I would gladly settle- even though I am in the right and am sure a judge would see it my way- just to get out of this mess.
    Settling = plea bargaining.
    The comments about Hooters not being a typical place, and from the look of their website, etc. I think it would have been perfectly in line with what appears to be the corporate philosophy for this whole thing to have been a gag from the beginning.
    The difference is in who's in control. An employee of the place is 'in on the joke'. They chose to work there with full knowledge of what was involved. If that same level of knowledge wasn't involved with the 'contest', then I see a difference.
    Again- I wonder what the other employees thought they were going to get.
    No idea. I wonder how much beer they sold compared to the winner. I think the amount of effort would show how seriously they took it.
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    Originally posted by Madkins007
    and am sure a judge would see it my way-
    That's another good reason people also settle--you might think a judge/jury is going to see it your way, but you just never know.
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    Originally posted by K. Cannon
    [...] i'm saying that being blindfolded might not be all that humiliting to someone wearing some skimpy clothes for money.
    Again - there's a difference. Wearing skimpy clothes as a part of a job where you knew that going in, and where all of the other waitresses are wearing the same thing is one thing. Being singled out as the punchline in a 'joke' is another. Here's a for example (since we're stretching things already): let's say that you were asked to take part in a blind taste test for soft drinks. Instead of putting a soft drink into one glass, they let a (verified healthy in every way) baby pee in it. Everyone else watching knows about it but you. You taste both glasses. They pull off the blindfold and let you in on the 'joke'. What do you do?
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    Am I wearing a thin-white T shirt stretched tightly across my perky chest with orange shorts that conform to my bottom?

    (I am smart enough to know that there is a difference between donning scant attire as part of a job's wardrobe and getting unknowingly blindfolded as a joke. My original comment was mostly tongue-in-cheek. However, I also think that it maybe should be considered "humiliating" to agree to wear scant attire to get a job. At least it would to me. Then again, the most humilitating thing I think I have ever seen was in a photograph that made the e-mail rounds after last year's Mardi Gras. All of which goes to prove that some women will do anything for money, or even for free in the case of the photograph.)
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