Meet Richard Tulecki. He’s a dude who got hurt at a Hollywood, Florida Burger King. But don’t feel too bad. My man got paid! Forget about playing the damn lottery, my friends, ’cause apparently all it takes to score some serious dough is slipping on a wet foreign substance and landing your butt in the right courtroom!
According to the Daily Mail, Tulecki, this spry 48-year-old thrill-seeker, decided to put his agility to the test at a Burger King joint in Hollywood Florida back in July 2019. Little did he know that destiny had a slippery surprise waiting for him by the restroom. The universe must’ve aligned ’cause this guy went down faster than a greased pig on an ice rink. This was all thanks to some mysterious wet stuff chilling on the floor.
Now, Tulecki isn’t one to let an opportunity slide, so he took this mess to court, pointing fingers at the burger behemoth for either creating the conditions or just ignoring ’em like a teenager ignoring their chores. His lawyers argued that Tulecki suffered some nasty lower back injuries that needed surgery. Which then got even messier with a post-op perforated colon. Damn, talk about a double whammy!
This Florida Burger King Whopper of a Settlement:
You’d think a big shot like Burger King would put up a solid fight, but their legal defense was flimsier than those damn paper crowns they hand out. They had the nuggets to claim that Tulecki couldn’t prove the management knew about the bathroom predicament.
To add fuel to the fiery courtroom showdown, one of the doctors who testified earlier did a complete 180 in a deposition, saying he couldn’t really connect Tulecki’s injuries to the fall. Way to throw your own damn patient under the bus, Doc!
But here’s where the story gets juicy, my friends. The jury, bless their souls, put the crown on Burger King’s head and held them 100 percent responsible for Tulecki’s mishap. They threw stacks of cash at him, coughing up almost $700,000 for medical bills alone, and then topped it off with a mind-blowing $6.77 million for the pleasure of his pain and suffering. That’s one expensive Whopper!
Now, Burger King isn’t ready to take this beatdown lying down. They’re gearing up for round two, hoping for a new trial to reverse this epic slip-up.