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Starbucks Sued Over Alleged Crushed Penis

A Canadian tourist who claims that his penis was crushed by a faulty toilet seat at a Starbucks Corp (SBUX) restaurant has sued the giant coffee retailer for $1.5 million, his attorney said on Monday.

"Our client, Edward Skwarek, was in a seated position on the toilet when he turned to retrieve the toilet paper in back of the seat when the seat shifted causing his penis to be caught and crushed between the seat and the bowl," said Richard Robbins, the lawyer for Skwarek, 37, of Toronto.

The suit, filed Nov. 26 in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges the coffee house was careless in "allowing a defective toilet seat to remain open ... causing a hazardous and unsafe condition ... in its public restrooms."

Skwarek, a government financial worker, alleged thhat the incident took place on Aug. 20, 1999 at a Starbucks in the Chelsea district of Manhattan where he and his wife, Sherrie, 37, dropped in for some coffee.

The suit also claims that as a result of Starbucks' carelessness, Skwarek suffered a "crushed penis, Peyronie's disease, retrograde ejaculation with consequent substantial reduction in sperm count, infertility, severe bruising to his penis and sexual function impairment."

Peyronie's disease usually causes deviation of the erect penis to one side.

Skwarek seeks $1 million in damages and his wife $500,000 because she has been "deprived of his services."

Alan Gulick, a spokesman at Starbucks in Seattle, where the company is based, said Starbucks does not comment on pending litigation.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 31st, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thats just too weird! How fast must he have turned sideways to get his dick stuck like that? And was it really over 5 years ago? I wonder what the statute of limitations is for penile injury.
Jan. 31st, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Statute of limitations is for penile injury?

Good question!

I wonder how well documented it was also... Did an ambulance come?

I knew someone who got their testicles caught in a toulet seat that was so loose it slid back and forth, causing much distress to the gentleman -- but he was fine a few days later.

He must have really did something to crush his penis in there...

\/ Chaz
Jan. 31st, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
That would be utterly hilarious if it wasn't true.
Think that beats the McDonalds coffe vag burn?


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