Suing Woman Says She Got Faceful of T-Shirt at Taste of Joliet

An woman suing a sponsor of the Taste of Joliet claims someone shot her in the face with a T-shirt.

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."

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Rick Drew March 02, 2013 at 09:40 PM
What an idiot. NO T-shirt gun fires a cylinder - just the shirt. This is a nuisance suit - when (and IF) the shirt hit her, the sound she heard was "cha-ching", thought "I can make money off this" (probably the only thought in her head for a long while, apart from "shiny" and "pretty"), did a vaudeville stagger with the back of her hand against her forehead, screaming "My head! My face! My tooth, er, teeth! My vertical Brie!" Then in her best Dr. Smith impersonation (that's a lost in space reference) "Oh, the pain, the pain!"
Bob Falfa March 03, 2013 at 02:03 AM
That didn't take long to ruin that for everyone. Thanks, money grubbing liar :)
boozer mcgee March 03, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Joy-let Resident. March 05, 2013 at 01:37 PM
haha Agreed. Now if it was Tirapelli...I might be in on that!
Joy-let Resident. March 05, 2013 at 01:51 PM
This lady has a history of suing people. Just do some research. She sued a guy who has multiple patents on some shaving pieces and or designs. I can't find the outcome of the case...But maybe her winnings from that just ran out..time to get someone else. She'll win...typical America...YouTube, Lawsuits, and Liars run this place.


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