Was Not Warned Not To Run Into Wall
2017 Reader Submission
MUST WATCH VIDEO! Sometimes stupid speaks for itself.
(15th April 2017) There's a short 10m track at a Science Museum in Australia where you try to beat a gold medalist runner off the starting blocks. It's designed primarily for kids, but adults are welcome to have a go. It's meant to be fun and has been there for at least ten(10) years prior to Mr Smith, a 44-year-old pool fence installer, having a go.
So the man lines up for the race and runs the track without incident, and
loses to the Olympian. To quote him, "All these little things made me think
I could beat her, I got a bit competitive thinking I can take on Cathy
Freeman." So Mr. Smith decides to have a second go.
Somehow he manages to run straight past the finish line, down the hall, and
"flat out" into a wall, fracturing his skull, ribs, and spine in multiple
places. His excuse? He claimed not to realise there was a wall past the
end of the track (which was oddly enough holding up the side of the
building) and could not stop. Watch the video for yourself and see there
is sufficient lighting to see the wall and Mr Smith HAD already been down
the track once.
This could be put down to a terrible (silly) accident by someone too
determined to beat an athlete so far in excess of his own abilities that he
forgot to look where he was going. Take responsibility as an adult and
leave it at that. Right?
Wrong. The wanabe Olympian is now sue-ing the museum because:
"Mr Smith was enticed to run as fast as he could in a poorly lit exhibit with only a very short stopping distance at the end of the race, no warnings or appropriate signage. The lack of duty of care on the part of Scienceworks has led to these significant injuries."
Submitted on 04/15/2017
http://www.theage.com.au/ 15th April 2017
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