Sunday, April 2, 2017

Only in America!


(4 July, 1998, Texas) If you fly over Houston USA, you will see the sky blue rectangles of countless backyard swimming pools. A Houston man joined the club, and purchased his own above ground pool on June 21, 1998. He selected the location, and the pool was installed by an independent contractor a few days later. He rated all aspects of the installation as "excellent."

A few weeks later, the pool owner was swimming with his friends and enjoying an alcoholic 4th of July haze in the humid Houston heat.

In an unprecedented show of bravado, the man decided to climb onto his patio roof and dive into his pool.

The man was six feet tall. His pool, typical for an above ground pool, was four feet deep and needless to say it did not end well for him.

Key facts:
  • The client himself chose the location of the pool. 
  • The client publicly rated the installation boasting how happy he was with the quality of the work.
  • It was he, all six foot of him, who took the ridiculous decision to take the dive.
  • Needless to say he was inebriated at the time of the incident.
The family of the deceased brought a wrongful death claim against the contractor on the grounds of faulty installation and inappropriate location. Only in America!

Reference: darwinawards.com

Ernest Roper
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