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Thu Dec 9 12:05:52 MST 1999
Starbucks Sued Over Alleged Crushed Penis
NEW YORK (Dec. 1) - A Canadian tourist who claims that his penis was crushed
by a faulty toilet seat at a Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) restaurant has sued the
giant coffee retailer for $1.5 million, his attorney said on Monday.
''Our client, Edward Skwarek, was in a seated position on the toilet when he
turned to retrieve the toilet paper in back of the seat when the seat shifted
causing his penis to be caught and crushed between the seat and the bowl,''
said Richard Robbins, the lawyer for Skwarek, 37, of Toronto.
The suit, filed Nov. 26 in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges the coffee house
was careless in ''allowing a defective toilet seat to remain open ... causing
a hazardous and unsafe condition ... in its public restrooms.''
Skwarek, a government financial worker, alleged that the incident took place
on Aug. 20, 1999 at a Starbucks in the Chelsea district of Manhattan where he
and his wife, Sherrie, 37, dropped in for some coffee.
The suit also claims that as a result of Starbucks' carelessness, Skwarek
suffered a ''crushed penis, Peyronie's disease, retrograde ejaculation with
consequent substantial reduction in sperm count, infertility, severe bruising
to his penis and sexual function impairment.''
Peyronie's disease usually causes deviation of the erect penis to one side.
Skwarek seeks $1 million in damages and his wife $500,000 because she has
been ''deprived of his services.''
Alan Gulick, a spokesman at Starbucks in Seattle, where the company is based,
said Starbucks does not comment on pending litigation.
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