Merv Grazinski set his Winnebago on cruise control, slid away from the wheel and went back to fix a cup of coffee.
You can guess what happened next: The rudderless, driverless Winnebago crashed.
Grazinski blamed the manufacturer for not warning against such a maneuver in the owner’s manual. He sued and won $1.75 million.
Shocking, right? What’s more shocking is that the story is totally bogus. A lot of newspapers ran it as though it were true, the Star-Telegram among them. The LATimes story is one of a series about the civil justice system. Read it all.