Disneyland and AIDS Charity Sued for Darth Vader Swinging at Angry Bird But Hitting Lady

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A woman is suing Disneyland and the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County in Superior Court because she claims her back was injured by a Disney employee dressed as Darth Vader and doing battle with a bird during the 2011 AIDS Walk Orange County at the Anaheim resort. If the incident had happened during a lunar eclipse, I would have received a bonus for most random things in one blog post.

"A Disneyland employee dressed up as Darth Vader was standing next to plaintiff and attempted to 'shoo' a bird away by swinging his right arm," reads the lawsuit filed by Huntington Beach attorney Timothy Ryan on behalf of Lauren Ulrich. "Upon doing so, he hit plaintiff in the back, causing her severe injuries."

Cut Lord Vader some slack; the force was strong in that bird.

Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Park, Disney Worldwide Services Inc. and AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County, are defendants in the lawsuit that seeks more than $25,000 for medical expenses.

The 25th annual AIDS Walk Orange County was held May 1, 2011, at the Happiest Legal Battleground on Earth.

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Shaun Sanders
Shaun Sanders

I'm always shocked at how knee-jerk people are to blame supposed victims. Sure, this could all be a sham -- but what if it isn't, like with the poor woman who sued McDonald's due to the coffee being too hot? Many people still say that was a sham -- yet everyone who actually kept up to date with the case knows how negligent McDonad's was and how the amount of money she was awarded was trivial compared to damages.

The fact that this was done by a charity doesn't really mean someone shouldn't be compensated. Medical exams, scams, and treatments are expensive. Yes, accidents do happen -- but what if an accident leads you to endure thousands in medical expenses? What if she doesn't have insurance to cover any medical expenses?

You guys can all assume that it was a little tap -- but what if it wasn't? I can swing my arm pretty hard, and if my vision was obstructed by a vader mask (and lead me to swing full-on into someone's back) it could lead to some pretty bad damage. 

In the end, we are all just assuming things here... but seeing as she isn't coming out of the gates seeking millions of dollars, I don't think it's fair for us to sit back and ridicule someone whose only apparent fault was standing in a blindspot. I like to err on the side of trusting people until the facts are known vs. assuming everyone is a con artist. Call me ol' fashioned.

debaser
debaser

In all fairness to Lord Vader, you really shouldn't be surprised.  Ya know, him being evil and all that.

Jose Escutia
Jose Escutia

if the guy that hit her wasn´t a big company employee she wouldnt sue it in the first place (she´s just there for the money), i hate that kind of people...

Kyle Quandel
Kyle Quandel

some people just need to be bitch-slapped

Samwise
Samwise

what?  I can see him take the stand now and force choke the judge ...

Jpnasty
Jpnasty

25k is not a insane amount for being hit with a bat peaple... a mri alone is close to 2k nowadays

Randell
Randell

really ?   REALLY?!Is there any way she can be counter sued for being so obviously out to get a payday?  AND suing a charity foundation?  REALL?!  WTF!  Get me the number of that lawyer so I can ask them both if they were born stupid or was that day special?

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Bilitis
Bilitis

Frivolous lawsuit number 18,491.  Take a number please.

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ZungZeee

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Ruth Mcall
Ruth Mcall

It should have happened May 4th. As in May the 4th be with you...always...

whtabbobs
whtabbobs

Ya know, cuz his right arm is machine parts now from when it got lightsabered off!

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Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Imagine Vader testifying and getting charged with contempt for heavy breathing?

Shila Daze
Shila Daze

you're kidding, right???? was he trying to shoo it with a bat????

she should sue the bird. if it hadn't been there darth vader wouldn't have had to swing his arm.

909Jeff
909Jeff

*Sniff Sniff* 

Smell That?  

Smells like Bullshit to me! 

ABC
ABC

What bat?  The article said it was Darth's right arm. Still, re-couping medical expenses seems a reasonable option, provided the medical examination actually shows there was significant damage....

Pumpuy2010
Pumpuy2010

So corny yet I cannot stop laughing. 

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

 That BS is worth $25k!  :)

Shaun Sanders
Shaun Sanders

Just to play devil's advocate:

It appears as if she is suing for a legitimate medical expense amount (Our system sucks... it is quite possible that it will cost $25k to fix her back).

But the most important point: This appears to be compensatory damages... meaning it is meant to cover her bills. She isn't getting paid or "winning" money because of this, according to the article. If anything, the doctor may be making some money (if she really isn't hurt) but I see nothing to blame her based on the info available. 

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