From: Dan Crook
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 12:14 PM
Subject: Lawsuit response
Just a note - I read your article and wanted to give you an example of
something I had seen take place while in college. In 1985 I worked
in Greeley, CO for United Lumber - we had a 8'
fence with barbed wire at the top surrounding
the facility. The building was equivalent to a 2 story block
structure and had flood lighting. A burglar got over the fence,
scaled the building by grabbing onto the gutter
downspout and made it to the top.
He then managed to get the grate off the exhaust
fan, dismantled that and crawled through the
vent line inside the building. At one point his weight
was too much and he fell through and landed on some molding in a
One section of the molding pierced his leg and he could not move. When the
owner arrived he found this guy in a pool of blood smoking a
cigarette and called 911.
Shortly after the burglar's arrest he filed a
lawsuit claiming that if the exhaust grate had
been reinforced so no entry could be gained this
would not have taken place. The case went to court and a jury was
summoned. The burglar won on this one contention, not in the
millions but in the hundreds of thousands of
Ever since I witnessed this event I will never
trust a jury to give a fair judgment - it's not their money nor
can you trust people with this kind of judgment.
Just FYI - Have a good week -
(Editor's Note: "Crook".
Hmm. What a curious name for a contributor!! -:)
I have no evidence to prove whether this story is true or perhaps an urban
legend. I will simply say I found his email to have a ring of truth to it,
so I shared with everyone else. Thank you, Mr. Crook)