Lots of people went to last year's Taste of Joliet with plans to stuff their faces, but not by getting in the way of a T-shirt hurtling through the air.
Plans or not, a woman claims that's exactly what happened to her, and now she is suing the event's title sponsor.
The suing woman, Debra Simmons, is going after D'Arcy Buick GMC Inc. According to the Taste of Joliet's website, 39 other entities sponsored the 2012 event. Simmons is not suing any of them. She is also not going after the Joliet Park District, the organizers of the Taste of Joliet.
Simmons claims a flying T-shirt, which was encased in a cylinder or canister, caused injuries to her "head, face, teeth, and cervical spine," according to her lawsuit.
Simmons' attorney, Warren E. Abrahamson of Chicago, said he could not comment on the severity of Simmons' injuries—or anything else—without her permission. Abrahamson also said he could not provide Simmons' age or even the town where she lives.
According to the lawsuit Abrahamson filed at the Will County Courthouse on Simmons' behalf, Simmons was standing near the band stage on July 1 when she was hit with the T-shirt. The headline band for that day was the country music group Little Big Town. There is nothing to indicate Little Big Town was actually playing at the time of the alleged incident.
While Simmons was standing in the vicinity of the stage, "agents" or "employees" of D'Arcy Buick GMC were "forcibly shooting, projecting and/or launching" T-shirts into the crowd, the lawsuit said.
Simmons' suit claims she suffered pain, disability and disfigurement from the shot she took. The lawsuit also says she paid for medical treatment and "lost time and wages from her employment."