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    Wal-Mart gets sued over CD

    Wal-Mart gets sued over CD

    What are your thoughts?

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    Corn Burning Fool giff57's avatar
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    Just some folks trying to get some WalMart cash. The parents should have just taken the CD back to the store and got their $15 back. The judge should award the family $15 and let them pay for walmarts lawyer.
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    Come on........

    This has to be the stupidest lawsuit yet. The parents should be shot for being stupid.
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    It may be a dumb case but the jury seems to love dumb folks-look at the hot coffee lady at Mickey'Ds.
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    Oh my god these people are from my home county. We are not all this stupid.
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    Bull****. Just Bull****.

    As much as I don't like Walmart, this lawsuit is rediculous. I pray for a judge with the guts to rule against these people and make them pay the Walmart attorney fees. These spurious lawsuits have got to end! Time to set an example!

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    God I'm torn, on the one hand its the most ridiculous law suit I've ever heard of, on the other hand they're suing WALMART!!!! I'm soooo confused
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    My real question is "What is a likeness of David Beckham doing in a Nativity scene?" See the news item to the right of the article.

    Now if they were suing Walmart for being a blight on the landscape, guilty, guilty, guilty!
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    Off-topic:
    Quote Originally posted by boilerplater
    My real question is "What is a likeness of David Beckham doing in a Nativity scene?" See the news item to the right of the article.
    It also has this:
    The waxwork tableau also features President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prince Philip as the three Wise Men; actors Hugh Grant and Samuel L. Jackson as shepherds; and disco diva Kylie Minogue as an angel.

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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerGirl
    It may be a dumb case but the jury seems to love dumb folks-look at the hot coffee lady at Mickey'Ds.
    For people who want to look....

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    Wal-Mart gets sued over CD

    What are your thoughts?
    By default, anything that can cause turmoil for Wal-mart or create bad publicity for them, regardless whether it is legitimate, can only be a good thing.

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    I thought Wal Mart only sold the censored CDs....

    This just seems to be a case of people wanting someone else to parent their kids for them.....
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    Wow, so whenever I heard the F-word at 13 years old I was entitled to $75,000? I hear that word just about every time I'm out in public, and my Dad probably exclaimed it when I was first born. Come on we're not talking about pornography here. I guess people get caught up the WalMart's wholesome image and think that every rock or rap CD is going to be performed by that stupid smiley face.

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    Who do I make the check out to?

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    On one hand, retailers like walmart stress that they check ID's for purchases of violent video games and "parental advisory" music. If they failed to adequately train their employees to screen the customer, then they are at fault.

    On the other hand...just take the damn cd back and get your money refunded. jeesh.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Quote Originally posted by boiker
    On one hand, retailers like walmart stress that they check ID's for purchases of violent video games and "parental advisory" music. If they failed to adequately train their employees to screen the customer, then they are at fault.
    The story doesn't say who bought the CD. For all we know the parents bought the CD. Even if a 13 year old kid bought the CD, if it doesn't have a parental advisory label, why would the cashier even ask for ID?

    These parents are pathtic! Are they such horrible parents that they can't just take the CD away from their kid and explain that they don't think it is appropriate. I do believe you can say the f-word in a PG-13 movie, so I don't understand what the big deal with the F-word on a CD purchased by a 13 year old is.

    When I was 13 I was listening to all kinds of music with foul language. My parents only concern was that they didn't have to hear that "god awful racket" I was playing 2 Live Crew, SOD, and all kinds of profanity-laced punk.
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    Quote Originally posted by Repo Man
    The story doesn't say who bought the CD. For all we know the parents bought the CD. Even if a 13 year old kid bought the CD, if it doesn't have a parental advisory label, why would the cashier even ask for ID?

    These parents are pathtic! Are they such horrible parents that they can't just take the CD away from their kid and explain that they don't think it is appropriate. I do believe you can say the f-word in a PG-13 movie, so I don't understand what the big deal with the F-word on a CD purchased by a 13 year old is.

    When I was 13 I was listening to all kinds of music with foul language. My parents only concern was that they didn't have to hear that "god awful racket" I was playing 2 Live Crew, SOD, and all kinds of profanity-laced punk.
    to find a potentially objectionable cd at Wal-Mart without a parental advisory label is an anomoly. Wal-Mart is more concerned with this stuff than anyone. Anyway, yes...the whole situation is ridiculous.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Hmmm yet another dumb lawsuit to put personal blame on big money companies. This lawsuit is as dumb as all the lawsuits against Mc Donald's, etc....
    Why do courts even bother to take on these lawsuits? Can't they declare them unadmissable for being just dumb for trying to put the balme on someone that doesn't have the direct blame?

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    Quote Originally posted by boiker
    to find a potentially objectionable cd at Wal-Mart without a parental advisory label is an anomoly. Wal-Mart is more concerned with this stuff than anyone. Anyway, yes...the whole situation is ridiculous.

    Which opens them up to things like this. If they are going to designate themselves the gatekeepers....

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    Quote Originally posted by mentarman
    Which opens them up to things like this. If they are going to designate themselves the gatekeepers....
    That's kind of what I was thinking. But I still have my misgivings. I have found myself on the recieving end of that type of expectation -- that because I try hard to be ______ (fill in the blank), if I fail or do not live up to my usual high standards, I am given hell for it. That always makes me mad. If I am usually nice, and I say something which inadevertently offends people, I feel that my track record should get me treated as "Well, it must have just been a mistake because we KNOW you wouldn't do anything to intentionally hurt people" rather than "See, she isn't Perfect. kill the b*tch!!!! who wants to join in the lynching???"

    So, I feel like the judge needs to tell the parents to stuff it. If they are that anal about what their kid listens to, all you have to do is buy the CD and prescreen it yourself, personally, and you can return it if fails to meet your standards. When my kids were little, my husband and I would rent a movie the kids wanted to see, pre-screen it and then watch it with them. If it was something they REALLY wanted to see but was "too much" for them (like Jurassic Park, when they were still quite young), this allowed us to be gatekeepers in a very friendly way and not an imprisoning way -- we could warn them about surprises and the like and help them watch it without it being a psychologically scarring event.

    EDIT: Actually, my kids are 15 and 17 and my husband recently pre-screened "The Chronicles of Riddick" before handing it over with an "all clear -- no excessive gore, etc" for them to watch.
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    I wonder if Wal-Mart opened themselves up to liability when they began censoring records.

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    Quote Originally posted by giff57
    Just some folks trying to get some WalMart cash. The parents should have just taken the CD back to the store and got their $15 back. The judge should award the family $15 and let them pay for walmarts lawyer.
    Agreed. Do it. End of story.

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    Thats a mighty fine example those :****ks are setting for their 13 year old daughter.

    "See sweety, it's ok to be a looser and take some one elses money.......it's all nice and legal too."

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    Lawsuits are tricky things... even the most ludicrous case can make sense in the court of law. From what the article says, it seems kind of silly, but who knows the actual circumstances. But I think things would go a whole hell of a lot smoother if we had tort reform that required civil court losers to pay all lawyer fees.
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    ...for example, the infamous "McDonalds Coffee" lawsuit, where the coffee was served 40f hotter than could actually be drank at, and the spill created pretty major disfigurement and significant medical bills (tens of thousands of dollars) - the suit was for the medical costs exactly. The large judgement came from the court, and was not asked for.

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    I wonder if Wal-Mart opened themselves up to liability when they began censoring records.
    They didn't censor the records. (As in edit them). They chose not to sell them. Last I checked this was still (somewhat) a free market economy, and retailers have a right to pick what they do and don't carry. If I was the great throbbing brain of Wal Mart, making buh-zillions appealing to righteous indignation, why would I carry some objectionable CD for an extra $250k a year in revenue. Now, if we're talking serious hard core Wal-Porn (trademark pending), it might be worth it.

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