Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Frivoulous lawsuit? NAAAAAH

Bacardi sued over flaming rum

A quick recap:
Danielle Alleyne, of Miami, was injured after she was doused with the flaming rum at a Miami night club in August 2002, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.

A bartender, who was not identified in the lawsuit, was pouring shots when a customer lit a menu on fire and placed it in the stream of alcohol. A bottle of Bacardi 151 that was being used to pour the shots turned into a flame thrower and sent flaming rum all over Alleyne, the lawsuit said.

It's alcohol, idiots. Alcohol burns.
In a move typical of lawsuits in this country, the complainants aren't suing the other customer (who lit the fire int he first place) or the bartender (who was pouring the rum). No, those people don't have deep enough pockets. We need to sue Bacardi for making their rum flammable.

The lawsuit alleges that Bacardi 151 proof rum “emits a high volume of combustible and explosive vapor” which makes it “unreasonably dangerous” and defective.
From Wikipedia:
In general usage, alcohol (from Arabic al-kuḥūl: الكحول) refers almost always to ethanol, also known as grain alcohol, a colorless, volatile liquid with a strong smell formed by the fermentation of sugars. It also often refers to any beverage that contains ethanol (see alcoholic beverage).

Make sure you follow the link to ethanol, where you'll see that it's
a flammable, tasteless, colorless, mildly toxic chemical compound with a distinctive odor, one of the alcohols that is most often found in alcoholic beverages.

Volatile, in chemical terms, means something that evaporates at normal temperatures and pressures.

So, by definition, alcohol is flammable and evaporates at normal temperatures and pressures - but it emits a high volume of combustible and explosive vapor which makes it unreasonably dangerous and defective.

Ugh. Bacardi is basically being sued for making alcohol. That's clever.

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