Monday, January 12, 2004
Toxic Tube Tort: Overweight and Undercerebrate 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Frivolous lawsuits gone amok? This one takes the cake...and the chips, and the dip.
From the West Bend Reporter:

Timothy Dumouchel of West Bend [WI] wants $5,000 or three computers, and a lifetime supply of free Internet service from Charter Communications to settle what he says will be a small claims suit. Dumouchel blames Charter for his TV addiction, his wife’s 50-pound weight gain and his children’s being “lazy channel surfers,” according to a Fond du Lac police report.

“I believe that the reason I smoke and drink every day and my wife is overweight is because we watched TV every day for the last four years,” Dumouchel stated in a written complaint against the company, included in a Fond du Lac police report.
Ah yes, Timothy. Three computers and a lifetime of free Internet service will certainly go a long way toward easing the pain of an overweight wife and lazy channel-surfing kids: is Internet the methadone to television's crack pipe boob tube?

Thanks, Crescat Sententia for the tip.