A Plattsmouth woman’s widower has sued Wal-Mart and the maker of its plastic bags, alleging an overfilled bag given to her at a Bellevue store broke, and, in a strange twist, led to her death.
William Freis of Plattsmouth said his wife, Lynette, went grocery shopping April 16, 2010, at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on 15th Street and the cashier gave her one plastic bag for two 42-ounce cans of La Choy and a 2-pound bag of rice.
On her way to the car, the bag broke and one of the cans of La Choy fell on her right foot, breaking her big toe and causing a deep cut, the lawsuit says.
Despite multiple rounds of antibiotics and two surgical procedures, Lynette Freis’ condition declined and infection spread throughout her body, which led to hospitalizations “and ultimately resulted in her death on March 12, 2011,” according to the lawsuit.
Stuff happens. I’m not sure it requires a lawsuit. It was not intentional. Why isn’t the problem with the plastic bag makers who make these things so cheap and flimsy that you can only fit one or two items safely in them? Plastic bags are wasteful and environmentally irresponsible. In addition, I have this problem when I forget my fabric bags, all the canned goods bust through all over. Is double or triple bagging the answer? No. Make quality bags, charge customers a few cents for them. Make them pack their own bags. This will encourage people to bring their own sturdy bags to the store.
But back to the story. It sounds like something more was going on here health-wise than just an accident since the wound didn’t heal. To sue the store is really reaching.