Man Says Stuffed Walmart Bag Broke, Killed Wife
William Freis is suing store, bag maker
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2013 1:26 PM CDT
Updated Sep 1, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
An outdoors sign for Walmart is seen in Duarte, Calif. Tuesday, May 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – A Nebraska man is suing Walmart, claiming one of its plastic bags led to his wife's death. William Freis says his wife, Lynette, went shopping in 2010 and the Walmart cashier put her 2-pound bag of rice and two 42-ounce cans of La Choy in just one plastic bag—which broke as Lynette walked to the car, causing one of the cans to fall on her foot. It broke her toe and also left her with a deep gash, which got infected; that infection spread through her body despite antibiotics and even two surgical procedures, "ultimately result[ing] in her death" almost a year later, the suit says.

Freis is also suing the plastic-bag maker, the Journal Star reports. He says the bag was defective, and also blames Walmart for not training its employees to double bag (or at least not overfill bags). The lawsuit seeks $656,000 in medical expenses, an unspecified amount for pain and suffering and loss of consortium, plus reimbursement for funeral and burial expenses.

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Micah Welch
Dec 5, 2014 10:01 PM CST
Right... Because looking at all that crap in a plastic Walmart bag and thinking, "This will make it to the car, seems legit..." requires some actual thought. I'm sorry for his loss but this is stupid. Its her fault for thinking the bag was packed properly and trying to carry it.
Sep 2, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
Incredible this guy doesn't have a cell phone video of the actual incident, the bag splitting, the can falling, the toe being crushed. My guess he tried but couldn't find anyone with the same shoe size as his decedent wife. Anyone know if the aggrieved gentleman looks like someone who looks like the son of someone who's never had one?
Sep 2, 2013 12:43 PM CDT
I fail to see any culpability on the part of the store. Unless there is an established issue of injury from groceries falling on people and they refused to fix the problem, I could see that. Maybe. This strikes me as a person seeking to capitalize on his spouses misfortune.