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Re: WOW...another crazy law suit
I think we would all have to know more facts to decide this one. Was there a pattern of cutting corners here, whereby the suit may clean up the company's act, or did the customer not know what they were doing? My best guess is the latter. They must have already had the shore side cable plugged into to a hot pole, which you never do for many reasons. That has nothing to do with the worn plug or awkward position, etc. You either plug the shore in last or leave the breakers off until all connections are made. This guy now knows one reason why.
As far as the company taking responsibility for fully determining the competence of their client, I can not agree with that. If they knew the client didn't know what they were doing, that is different. But writing rules, laws, disclosures, regulations etc, to try to protect the dummest common denominator is absolutely worthless. The only protection those provide is to the company for the next lawsuit. They do not impact consumer behavior.
Further, if I shocked myself because I didn't know what I was doing, it wouldn't even dawn on me to sue. That is a cultural problem here.
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