Woman sues for shopping trolley smash

2012-05-31 09:46

Johannesburg - A Pretoria court has heard how a woman was injured in a supermarket after an employee ran into her with a shopping trolley.

The Pretoria News reported that Sophia Smit, 66, was suing Pick n Pay Highveld Mall for R115 000 in damages.

Smit was at the shop on 3 March 2011 when an employee pushed a shopping trolley “at high speed” along an aisle, crashing into her and knocking her off her feet.  

She was hospitalised after the incident, which apparently exacerbated a back condition she had already had.

Smit in court papers said that Pick n Pay had a duty to ensure that customers in their stores were not unnecessarily subjected to the risk of being injured.

The Boksburg housewife said she was no longer as active as she had been before the incident and might have to have an operation in future.

  • vaughan.greene - 2012-05-31 09:59

    That's just stupid to only sue for R100k should be more like R1mil or 2

      Mynhardt Van Loggerenberg - 2012-05-31 10:50

      why not make it 3? they can affort it, o no wait!!!!! that will mean that shopping will get more expensive for the rest of us who cant affort to spend R115000

      rbphiri - 2012-05-31 11:10

      Pick n Pay - they "pick" n "pay" for lawsuits.

      Alex - 2012-05-31 11:20

      I don't think the court would grant that much... I can't imagine her injury is going to lead to R1 million worth of damages...

      Gary - 2012-05-31 11:52

      Ask Sean Summers to pay the Granny out - oh silly me, he lost all his in a pyramid scheme... Ask for more Granny!!

      procold2 - 2012-05-31 12:39

      traderzn, thats the amount i would have gone for and there shouldt be a problem ,pick n pay are insured for this anyway

      Mac - 2012-05-31 17:12

      the only honest claim you will ever hear off, so the damage is true

      Sindiswa - 2012-06-01 14:33

      This is SA and not the US, no punitive damages. We only compensate you for medical bills, loss off earning and this is if your injury is so bad that you cant work, thus 100K is simply too much. She won't get it.

      Preshen - 2012-06-01 16:10

      Disclaimer must be sign when using a trollies

      Preshen - 2012-06-01 16:10

      Disclaimer must be sign when using a trollies

  • Edwin - 2012-05-31 10:00

    You just can't trust a trolley driver these days

      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-05-31 10:09

      Twolly for Twolly!!? :-)

      rbphiri - 2012-05-31 11:12

      I wonder if he has a licence, government should put all the etolls at pick n pay than there will be less traffic in trollies there.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-31 14:42

      I had one of those darn trolleys against my ankle once, blooming sore too.

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-31 10:15

    if she wins the case I'll be chasing a few trolleys around shops- get rich or die trying

      daryltt - 2012-05-31 10:46

      Go big. Try getting hit by cars in parking lots. 10 times the damage but possibly 10 times the reward 'eh.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-31 11:13

      I think i need to pay that pick n pay a visit.

  • Loo - 2012-05-31 10:20

    Sounds like a trivial law suit. But having a mother myself that has serious back injuries would also have been seriously injured , even by this. One thing I can tell you .. if that dude hit my four year old daughter with that trolley for example, he would have been in hospital with serious injuries for sure

  • samuel.weller - 2012-05-31 10:35

    I agree with your law suite, they need to be more curteous to shoppers they fly around the stores and feal bugger all

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-05-31 10:39

    Hahaha no wanda most of dem so rich

      Rob - 2012-05-31 11:00

      Who dem dumbo ?

      Loo - 2012-05-31 11:16

      Oh dear .. another illogical comment by a racist that battled through std5.

      Alex - 2012-05-31 22:02

      Maybe the guy pushing the trolley can blame apartheid?\r\n\r\nWell said Loo, its tragic to think that Mtk was the fastest sperm.

      Rob - 2012-06-01 09:26

      Haha! I know why you're poor

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-05-31 10:42

    Some years ago, an old lady aged 80 was knocked down in Birchleigh Pick & Pay by a shelf packer who was throwing boxes down an aisle and he knocked her off her feet and left her with a broken wrist and numerous othe rminor injuries. She spent over R100 000.00 on medical expenses and never fully recovered. Pick & Pay defended the claim knowing that the old lady couldn't afford the legal costs to fight for the claim and to date they never even bothered to apologise to her for the incident. Just a few legal letters and a brush off from the store manager. They actually don't care In this case, the same thing will happen and this poor woman will end up with nothing other than huge legal costs. I wish her luck

      Rodney - 2012-05-31 11:39

      So Dave you know the score why don't you contact the lady so she can open a account for her legal fees then let us all know , I surly will donate some money for her fees.

      HendrikAfrika - 2012-05-31 16:47

      The same happened to my mom at P&P Boksburg, slipped on some vegetables lying in the aisle, broke her hip and spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

  • Nkulu.Muthafunka - 2012-05-31 10:50

    Lmao magogo is a scam artist

  • Winifred - 2012-05-31 10:57

    This is no joke, let me tell you a friend of mine shopping at pick and pay had a trolley rammed into her heel, She is an elderly lady and had to have stitches. I have also had the same problem, worker at pick and pay pushing the loaded trolley to busy chatting to the ladies at the bakery, rammed his trolley into me. I have complained to Pick and Pay numerous times about their packers being irresponsible. Not only wheeling trolleys believing people must make way for them also leaving their trolleys in places shoppers cant get past. Often the goods they are transporting in the shops are stacked high and wheeling them carelessly like that is irresponsible. I dont shop at Pick and Pay anymore because of their staff attitude.

  • Msika - 2012-05-31 11:03

    It was a freakin accident!! Looks like one of those "get money quick" tricks to me. The trolley must have been pushed by a racist.

  • Raal - 2012-05-31 11:17

    Pick and Pay staff are the rudest. They will knock you off your feet. Shop at CHECKERS, they have a great respect for their customers.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-01 09:21

      you sound like a bloody sales pitch

  • alexandra.nett - 2012-05-31 11:22

    Pick n Pays staff generally have no manners with the public while shopping. Another dangerous activity is to block the aisle with their goods trolleys whilst they are unpacking goods on to the shelf making it difficult to pass by because the goods are normally strewn all over the aisle...generally one will be unpacking and a couple standing by having conversations at the top of their voice and the shopping public are ignored

      Rob - 2012-05-31 17:27

      Hey 'dip-stick' where must the trolleys be 'parked' when shelves are being re-stocked. If they were not re-stockerd you would no doubt one of the first to complain. Simply ask them to move the trolley to give you access to what you want, or ask them to pass it to you. Not 'rocket scientist' stuff.. I have no problem with Pick n Pay...

      Mike - 2012-06-01 07:43

      In a properly managed store they should only be re-stocking first thing in the mornings and last thing in the evenings. I also get very annoyed at having to navigate around the staff and the boxes all the time.

      spookhuis - 2012-06-01 08:41

      @ Mike, ja the two busiest times of the day, good manager you would make.

  • Craig - 2012-05-31 11:28

    More like Priek and Prey

  • Shelley - 2012-05-31 11:47

    mmm QUESTION? Was there any CCTV footage of this? If not then where is the proof? Any person can then walk into any shop and "claim"to have been injured and get paid out, AND at 66 she is no longer active like she used to be? Your kidding me right? Who does she think she is? Wonder Womam. I think SA people are trying TOO hard to be Americans, who sue for ebery nilly willy thing. LOL

      Shelley - 2012-05-31 11:51

      And secondly - Some mothers should not be allowed to let their 4 year old's push a trolley. Becuase that cuases more injuries, but as a shopper you just keep quiet and let the mom be on her way with her squeeling brat, but oh hell let it just be a worker - then all hell breaksloose.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-05-31 11:55

    These 'trolley boys' are practicing to be future taxi drivers. How does the saying goes: 'practice makes perfect'.

  • Winifred - 2012-05-31 13:22

    Shelley, It does'nt take much to knock an old person off their feet. You should be a little more sympathetic but instead I think you are pathetic. Hope it never happens to some one in your family.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-01 09:23

      Screw old people, we are all equal. Be a little more sympathetic to all age groups Winifred.

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-31 14:11

    This opportunist thinks she resides in Yanktown. Get a life with a better job.........Maybe try a better scam. This is laughable.

  • Winifred - 2012-05-31 14:29

    I cant believe how all of you think this is a joke. When it happens to you or your family then it will be a different story. I suppose when you see an old person get rammed by a trolley you are going to stand there and laugh. Whether, this is a scam or not, it does happen, and she is not claiming millions and she was honest enough to admit that she does have a back problem. We have to give murderers and rapists the benefit of the doubt so whats wrong here.......sorry she is just an old lady you cant wait to belittle. Shame on you all.

  • nicholaslefa - 2012-05-31 14:45

    That money is 4 grantson tuition fees

  • wilma.botts - 2012-05-31 15:11

    If this lady is going to need back or hip op in the future its gonna cost more than R115000. o i think she better get proper medical and legal advise.

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-05-31 15:36

    Hell, I was hit by a trolley and ended up tearing the ligament in my foot- If only i knew I could sue(hmmm)-

  • neilza - 2012-05-31 16:01

    Hasnt it perhaps crossed your mind that maybe she was the one in the way. i seen how people just walk in all directions not looking, some pick n pays aisles are ridiculously narrow. Just saying, not implying that pick n pay is in the right of wrong

  • ditshegobt - 2012-05-31 16:04

    Can a trolley make me that RICH,Also?

  • FirstSeed - 2012-05-31 16:41

    Bad economic times desperate measures

  • Rob - 2012-05-31 17:21

    Bet the 'trolley pusher' used to be a Taxi Driver.. Tell me Auntie, would you have sued if you were hit by a member of the public? I think not. Trying to make a'fast buck'...

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-31 18:31

      Cumon... Really??

  • tshidi.sharonlove - 2012-05-31 20:22

    that will tech the company what customer care is all about.

  • Aristar - 2012-05-31 23:17

    Pick n Pay has public liability insurance which covers stupidity of their staff.

  • hhashali - 2012-06-01 09:20

    Its like David v Goliath once more all the best

  • Rob - 2012-06-01 09:24

    I must add that employee respect for customers has gone down the drain. Employees having personal conversations while they should be paying attention to customers at the till, throwing food / fruit around like it doesn't bruise and not moving out of the way when a customer wants to access food on the shelves. My advice... support the smaller shops and stay away from the big corporates, there's no trolley madness at the local vegetable store.

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-06-01 09:25

    "Housewife from boksburg"... She just wants money man, one of those naggers who blame everyone else for what they have not done with their lives

  • Vincent - 2012-06-01 09:35

    Trolley knocked her off her feet...she has to thank cupid...problems with her back...maybe she laid down too much. Take the trolley home lady.

  • Helen - 2012-06-01 09:45

    I've had more of a problem with fellow shoppers ramming me in the heels and ankles with their trolly. All the PnP staff with trollies I have encountered have been careful and helpful. Hyper-By-The-Sea Dbn

  • Penny - 2012-06-01 10:45

    Hahaha, spelling police on patrol! An isle is land surrounded by water, an aisle is what you walk down choosing your goodies off the shelf. Eish...

  • luzukotosh - 2012-06-01 11:30

    This woman just want a quick buck

  • Adair - 2012-06-01 12:07

    Pick n Pay have insurance for things like this.

  • Hugh - 2012-06-01 15:24

    This must be a first for woman...

  • Gaeleen - 2012-06-01 16:14

    you know it really work 2 ways - she might be jut as much to blame - just because you in a store does not mean you should not look where you are going - a person should not be able to benefit from an accident - cover medical costs, loss of earning and rehabilitation - but all this 'balls'about million rand law suits is nonsense - an accident is an accident - not a deliberate action resulting in loss / injury

  • maureen.bryden - 2012-06-01 17:03

    There might not be "punitive damages" in SA but one can claim, on top of medicals bills etc., for General Damages, i.e. pain and suffering. She deserves compensation from P & P, any employer is vicariously liable for the acts of its employees, and this one was negligent. BTW, a law suit is as spelt, not suite. An aisle is a walkway, an isle is a little island. Readers spelling is horrific. As for all the racist comments, why does the ethnic population see the "colour" element in virtually EVERY bloody situation? I really get P Dorf.

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