“Coyote Ugly patron sues after falling off bar”

by Walter Olson on October 7, 2009

Add another to our list of tavern patrons who discovered that dancing on the bar was not as safe a pastime as they initially assumed. This time the scene of the accident, and target of the resulting lawsuit, is Nashville’s Coyote Ugly Saloon. Her attorney says Ms. Barnes “‘had had a few drinks’ but was not drunk.” [Tennessean via Day]


1 Titus 10.07.09 at 10:12 am

Gah! What happened to assumption of the risk? And in my own poor home state!

2 nevins 10.07.09 at 10:28 am

“When you’ve just been invited to get up on a bar by the owners of the bar, I think you can presume it would be safe to get up on the bar,” he said.

Safe is all relative. Unless she is dumb enough to think that somehow the bar could repeal the law of gravity then there is an assumption of the risk any time her cranium is more than 6 inches off the ground. She should also be quite on notice that the bar might be wet, as she no doubt at some time in her life spilt something on a bar or observed others do the same. But now it suites her

3 Bob Lipton 10.07.09 at 10:59 am

And of course drinks won’t make you drunk.

Still, it’s not a good idea to encourage drunks to get up and dance on bars.



4 wfjag 10.07.09 at 12:37 pm

“And in my own poor home state!”

Yea, Titus, but she was a Univ. of Kentucky student from Lexington, Ky — a ringing endorsement of Wildcat Fans everywhere.

Still, the defense’s cross-ex may include questions such as “Tell me Miss, in your college classes, did any of your Professors ever explain the concept of ‘Slippery when wet’?”

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