Always sue management

The family sued the management of a cenic spot for 600,000 yuan (US$93,660) after a 60-year-old tourist surnamed Wu died from injuries after climbing a waxberry tree.

Last May, a 60-year-old tourist surnamed Wu died from injuries after climbing a waxberry tree in a scenic spot in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.

The family sued the management of the scenic spot for 600,000 yuan (US$93,660), claiming problems with safety.

The court ruled Wu was 95 percent responsible, for he knew the risks of climbing without permission, but or¬dered the management to pay the family 45,000 yuan, the West China City Daily reported.

I find the family’s logic rather absurd. It was basically passing the buck for a self-inflicted tragedy. No amount of precautions can prevent a reckless risk-taker from breaking the rules.

What’s even more controversial is the court’s ruling. Awarding the family 5 percent of their filed claim seems like a lousy settlement indulging the family’s unreasonable claims.

Lacking a firm hand in a case like this may send the wrong message to the pub¬lic that the law favors any victims.



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