Man wins millions after melon mishap

From BBC - November 10, 2017

A jury has awarded $7.5m (5.7m) to a customer who was injured while picking up a watermelon at a Walmart in the US state of Alabama.

Henry Walker's foot got stuck after he stepped on a wooden pallet to get one of the fruits in July 2015.

Mr Walker, who was 59 at the time, fell over and broke his hip and foot, he told the court in Phenix City.

Walmart maintained the display was safe and they will keep using it. They also plan to appeal against the verdict.

Mr Walker, a retired army sergeant, won $2.5m in compensatory damages and $5m in punitive damages.

"It was a fair verdict because Walmart just did not care," Mr Walker's lawyer, Charlie Gower, told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

"They should have had something to cover up that pallet so someone's foot could not get caught in it, and they did not."


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