How Smoking Ban Increases Bowling Shoes Lawsuits
Bowlers go outside to smoke, then fall; but New York state is on the case
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2013 12:52 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It has to be the granddaddy of unintended effects of New York state's 10-year-old ban on indoor smoking: more lawsuits from clumsy bowlers. As the Albany Times-Union explains, bowling centers have seen a spike in lawsuits in recent years from bowlers who step outside for a smoke while wearing their bowling shoes. Because the shoes aren't exactly made for that kind of thing, the bowlers tend to fall down a lot and hurt themselves.

Solution: A state lawmaker has introduced a measure requiring that bowling centers put up signs warning that bowling shoes worn outside can be hazardous to your health, a move that would shield them from lawsuits. While that doesn't seem especially controversial, the bill is hung up thanks to objections from the state Trial Lawyers Association. "We cannot support any legislation that undercuts the constitutional right to a trial by a jury," says the group.

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A1e8a
May 29, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
Sounds like another pathetic story planted by the tobacco creeps.
BANTOBACCO1000
May 29, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
Because the shoes aren't exactly made for that kind of thing, the bowlers tend to fall down a lot and hurt themselves. ******************************************************* That's because they are brain damaged and mentally ill from their tobacco drug addiction. Better solution: BAN THE ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG AND PROSECUTE THE CRIMINAL TOBACCO PUSHERS, NOW! More info: http://medicolegal.tripod.com/tobaccomurder.htm
right2dave
May 26, 2013 12:41 PM CDT
Bullshit?