Watching his sex drive "fly" away
Americans aren't the only ones who file frivilous lawsuits at the drop of a hat. Reuters reports from Ottawa that the Canadian Supreme Court recently tossed the case of a man who claimed he had no further interest in sex after seeing two dead flies in an unopened bottle of drinking water. The really insane thing is that a lower court had awarded $343,000 to Waddah Mustapha, who sued a bottling company for psychological harm. In addition to being off his feed when it came to making the beast with two backs, Mustapha said he found it difficult to force himself to bathe (Bugs coming out of the shower head?) and was troubled by visions of flies walking over, um, poop. But the high court opined, "Mr. Mustapha must show that it was foreseeable that a person of ordinary fortitude would suffer serious injuries from seeing the flies in the bottle of water he was about to (drink). This he failed to do." The key phrase here is "a person of ordinary fortitude." In other words, the court was telling Mustapha, "Quit being such a pansy and get on with your life." But the best part of the whole ruling is that Mustapha, while not only losing his lower-court award, must pay the costs of the case. A little more of that kind of justice here in America, and we might have fewer baseless lawsuits.