Let me give you a hypothetical (And admittedly unlikely) scenario. I wake up in the middle of the night and hear strange sounds coming from my living room. I grab my gun and go to investigate. I see a man in my living room grabbing my TV. I pull me gun out and order him to stop. He looks at me, smirks and says, "You can't shoot me. That's murder," and then turns his back to me, picks up my TV and walks out the door.
What am I supposed to do? Just watch the guy go and then call the police so they can document the theft after the fact and I can hope they stumble onto the thief at some later date. (Because let's be honest a stolen TV isn't going to be a top priority case for many departments). Can I shoot him after he ignores my order to stop? Even though his back is to me? Can I tackle him and risk initiating a physical confrontation with a man who's physical abilities are unknown to me and who may or may not be armed himself?
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
EDIT: just read it also protects them from the stupid CIVIL suits. TO bad the guy in these story didnt have a similar law in his state, then the weaker suit would have never of happened.
Oh well glad it happened, not that it really changes how I would respond it just gives me a better piece of mind that the law is where it should be on the side of the victim now.
So what's next? Signing a waiver at the drive-thru? Will there be escape clauses written on posters outside Wal-mart during the winter when grounds may be icy?Originally Posted by AdamT
You're actively creating a hyper-litigious society, which I am assuming you would enjoy, given your profession. What about McDonalds? I know lots of people - my mom tops of that list - who love McDonalds coffee. She, and they, and many others would not want it to change. They don't want coffee that turns luke warm by the time they're out of to-work traffic. What about opportunity costs? What if several hundred thousands of people decide that Burger King coffee is better now that it doesn't turn into ice by the time you reach your parking space?
If you don't want McDonalds coffee, that really hot coffee, don't go there. It's that simple. McDonalds was never negligent, which is necessary to award punitive damages. This was just an ambulance chaser and a bunch of irresponsible folk trying to get rich off the back of a major corporation. Nothing more.