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Suing A Store Where You May Have Caught A Cold? Is This Insanity?

The entire world is in an insane downward spiral. In this season of the corona, I’ve heard that the reason many businesses will not re-open for business earlier than a Democrat mayor or governor will allow them to open is that the owners fear legal liability if someone catches a cold, or maybe the virus, while visiting their store or shop. This sort of thing, catching a cold after visiting a business, must happen tens of thousands of times each and every year as the cold and flu season descends on us. Viruses don’t ask permission to move about, and there’s no way to keep them from being inhaled as humans conduct their personal business.

But I’ve also never heard of a person claiming that a particular restaurant gave them a cold or the flu, and especially remote is the likeliness of the person suing the establishment and getting a judgment against the business. Is legal blame going to descend on businesses for cancer being possibly contracted on the premise? Is there a designated place where cancer and colds are contracted without someone being liable for them? How stupidly litigious can a society become? And can a mayor or governor make a business owner legally liable simply by the owner opening a shop that the official has ordered to remain closed?

How can one who brings a suit prove that any particular establishment housed the germ that infected them? Is the fault and the proof of guilt contained in the action taken in contradiction to the government official’s orders? Can American citizens be held legally liable for an act of nature, and is this covered in statute or in our constitution?

It is not only possible but likely that if this lawsuit thing goes forward, that someone could buy a food product at a store, get sick that night and capriciously blame contraction of an illness on the store. But unless the food item was not fully cooked or was not refrigerated properly or had some other defect that could be blamed on the store owner, and I don’t think colds or viruses are listed under that category, what fool would bring a legal action on one of the several establishments he/she visited during the previous week, and claim that that establishment alone, caused their illness?

But the threat of a lawsuit is intended by leftist governors and mayors to keep society firmly in line and to do as the dictatorial official says to do, period. Typical socialist-Democrat attitude.

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Dave King

Retired AT&T supervisor.

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  1. I’m going to file a suit against air for carrying the flu virus along with gravity for injuring me when I fall down.

  2. Remember……”This establishment reserves the right to refuse service to anyone” These signs were in almost every business. The “OWNER” decided what customers it wanted. ” Them waz the good ole daz”

    So as business owner I can’t deny entry (service) then you must be in part, in charge of running my business. So be stupid and sue yourself… DUH ….

    NO, the business didn’t ‘give’ you the flu…it was the dirty money that came out of your dirty pocket in your dirty hand that made you sick….can I sue if someone’s “attitude” makes me sick?

    Guess that pretty much let’s everone know where I stand of this issue

  3. Some key sources of contamination for stores:
    1. Reusable bags – technically they should be thoroughly cleaned after every use, which negates their eco friendliness
    2. Handling items – ideally, “you should buy what you touch”. Not always practical but try to minimize handling items
    3. Returns – this should be obvious, in light of 1 and 2 above

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