Man Drowns After Heavy Drinking, Family Sues Drinking Buddy

Man Drowns After Heavy Drinking, Family Sues Drinking Buddy

In 2013, a man drowned in a park pond after drinking 5 bottles of liquor. The man’s family then decided to sue a woman who was drinking with him, the cab driver who took him to the park and the insurance company who refused to compensate them for his death. After several legal proceedings, the cab driver chose to settle, paying the family 30,000 RMB. The court determined that the woman, who had only met the man for the first time on the night he died, was 10% responsible for his death, and is being required to pay 120,000 RMB in compensation to the family.

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  • Terrik

    Are you kidding me.

  • hyuugasaki

    I don’t see why the taxi driver had to pay anything, you said go to the park, I go to the park, you came in alive, you came out alive. what happened after, not my business.

    The woman might be up to something, like make him drunk and get his stuff, but can’t say for sure.

  • mr.wiener

    “Drowned in a park pond” … Yee gods!
    Why not sue the city for not erecting barriers around said pond? Or counter-suing his irresponsible family for letting him out drinking?
    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • Some guy

    Something in the system is broken when a taxi driver can be sued for taking a guy to a park. If that can be allowed how long before taxis refuse to take people to hospital?
    Hey, they might not survive the operation and it would be the drivers fault for taking them there in the first place…

    • Edward Kay

      He chose to settle out of court. Should have battled it out.

      • Some guy

        He probably thought there was a good chance he would lose if it went to court, despite it being ridiculous… and it would cost him even more. You gotta feel for the guy.

  • DD Bear!

    why the driver should pay?
    no way!

  • Foreign Devil

    So I guess everybody is responsible except the guy who decided to drink himself to oblivion.

  • 42

    I actually think this is a wonderful idea for alcohol abuse and social control. If you goto a club and chatting with someone who is looking a bit to deep into the glass, you can suggest he should drink less and it is time to stop. Nowadays we tend to look too much the other way, as in, it’s not my problem he has a drinking issue……

    The taxi diver could have send this guy home instead of the park, and might even earn a buck or two more depending the location of his customer.

    Wouldn’t it be a better world if we all took a little care and look out for each other?

    • James

      no

      • 42

        let me guess, you are an alcoholist in denial.

        • mr.wiener

          I think you are missing the point…his family have dodged any responsibility and pointed the finger in order to enrich themselves, while this is a lamentable fact anywhere it seems to have found its fullest expression for the moment in China.

          If someone disagrees with you, do not move straight into defensive insult mode, or I will move into mod mode and delete your posts….are we clear?

          • 42

            You also seems to ignore the fact he uses profanity as in fuck, which his posts doesnt get deleted, really fair and observational moderation right there,……NOT!

          • mr.wiener

            Unless you are talking about a post on another thread or he has edited his comment the only reply I see from James is:
            “no”
            Edit: after searching the comment record I have found a comment from James that reads “fuck that” , but it is not written as a response to anyone. We do not moderate comments for swear words, but we do try to stop people from indulging in personal insults.

          • 42

            Just above my comment in this thread mister. But you know what, whatever. I know the likes of you, suddenly words do hurt doesnt it? Instead of battling with debat, we are taking it on a personal level. Fine with me. A bit too sensitive as far as I am concerned. Eventhough my sarcastic tone of voice in my comments I never went out of line and even try to incorporate some humor, but I guess some people have too long of toes.

            This is the reason why moderators should never participate in debat because they risk losing their objectiveness and have too much administrative power that one can abuse.

          • mr.wiener

            Please reload the thread and you will see that James comment “fuck that” was not directed at you, his comment “no” was…
            My toes are fine, it is just the length of my feet that make it hard to find shoes that fit.

          • 42

            One more act of personal attack towards me and I will file in a complaint.

          • mr.wiener
          • 42

            Back on topic. China had some news a few years ago where a child was ran over by a car where pedestrians avoided helping the child because afraid of getting a lawsuit on their pants.

            Eventhough this case it is not quite the same situation and might be an overtly extreme example, it is the same principle but in reverse. It would be a great way to educate chinese with a law that if it is proven that you could have prevented the tragic event from occuring but failed or not willing to do so, that you can be sued.

            As in the man who drank himself to death we all say it is his own fault. As in the child who got itself ran over we say it is everybody else its fault. See the hipocricy?

          • mr.wiener

            Divergent examples indeed. The child was the responsibility of her parents and since they failed in their duty it was the responsibility of the driver(s) who ran her over. As to the people who walked past , although not legally obliged to help ,their caulousnes was morally reprehensible.
            In the case of this man drowning in the fountain, if anyone had walked past and ignored his drowning they would be equally morally void, but they didn’t… only the court decides to hold some people accountable who had no inkling that the drunk would end up face down in a park pond…How many people stagger home in his condition on an average weekend knight do you suppose?
            I gather your change of topic indicate you no longer think James was talking to you?

          • 42

            Whether james was or was not talking to me does not matter, his post was rude and offensive nonetheless and contribute nothing to the discussion, even worse, he apparantly disagrees with something but it is not clear what or why he disagrees, that is considered a form of trolling. the same as his remark towards me with “no”. For people who uses profanity and making comments solemnly to dismiss someones ideas but without any valid reasons, I have no respect for such people. So I will reply in a ridiculing way back aswell, until someone comes to senses and discuss in a civil manner.

            My change of topic is not because of me wondering whether james was adressing me or not, the reason I change the topic was, I do not want to waste my time on such pety things.

          • mr.wiener

            I’ll take that as a “yes”.

          • James

            no

    • Jahar

      So the government should be the morality police too? “You weren’t nice enough, here’s a $100 fine?”

    • Germandude

      Exactly. Take away further responsibility from people. You go to a gas station after shops are closed, buying a bottle of Vodka. You get drunk and get killed by crossing the road. Who is responsible? Of course the guy that sold you the bottle. Who else?
      You purchase BMW 5 and smash it with 200 km/h against a tree? Who should pay? BMW of course for producing fast driving cars. Bonus compensation from the local government for planting the tree of course.
      You order a kitchen knife from amazon. Your kid plays accidently kills itself with it because you didn’t store it safe. Amazon should pay for selling you the knife of course.
      It’s people like you who would like to live a life without responsibilities for their own actions that are held in herds by their own governments, employers or even families. You are playing into the hands of those that like to exploit such system.
      Brave new world!

      • 42

        Nice try but bad example. There are plenty of countries which governments put the responsibility of alchohol distribution on the sellers account, most of the time there is an age restriction of buying alcohol, if the seller fails to uphold this regulation and if proven that the seller sold alcohol to an underage person, then the seller will be fined. so in this case instead of blaming the seller, should we not put the responsibilty to the parents? As they should educate and control their own childeren better? However as much as parents have influence on this, they cannot watch over their kids 24/7.

        This same logics applied here, but the chinese court apparantly took it to an whole nother level, but same logics nonetheless.

        • Germandude

          I didn’t mention age, which is a completel other factor. Of course you only picked that one out.

          • 42

            age is not a factor, some children don’t abuse alcohol and some children do. some adults have a mindset of a child and do irresponsible things and some adults are more sensible. different people act in different ways.

            maybe this drunken man didn’t had it all together and was not able to judge what is right or what is wrong. I believe that some bartenders even have a code of not serving customers who are getting severely drunk.

            so can we blame the family of the drowned drunken man that they didn’t took good enough care of their relatives? maybe to some certain extent yes, but as in children you cannot look out for your family 24/7, so the society need to have some responsibility aswell. However society doesnt do anything well without somesort of law backing it up.

    • Amused

      Sounds like a terrible idea. The stupid are supposed to off themselves by doing dumb things. Tragic I guess, but it keeps the population down and weeds out the bad genes.
      You go making the rest of us play nanny for the ‘tards and the devolution of the species is institutionalized.

  • James

    fuck that

  • Robert Clarke

    So why not also sue the store/bar owner that sold him the drinks and the alarm clock company that made him wake up that day or even sue his parents for giving birth to him!

    China is getting worse than America. When they go to these lengths it just shows it’s all about the money. If it were me I would want to see those responsible (in this case nobody) put in jail. The only time family should be entitled to a payout is when they were the family breadwinner.

    • guest

      Why not sue the government for allowing the sale of alcohol!

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