Just when you think there is no hope for the American Justice System, the good ol’ state of Texas reminds you that if the town drunk gets smashed at a bar, picks a fight, and winds up getting his ass kicked, it’s definitely not his own fault.
According to the Newsweek, Daniel Rawls was awarded $5.5 million in a lawsuit against La Fogata Mexican Grill in Andrews, Texas, after he claims they overserved him.
Rawls, who had previously been arrested twice for public intoxication, claims that the bar’s negligence caused him injury when they overserved him, which caused his drunk ass to get into a fight, and well… he lost that fight.
And apparently, he lost it pretty bad.
He claimed that he suffered a “serious and debilitating” head injury as a result of the parking lot scrap.
Andrews County 109th District Court ruled in favor of Rawls in a default judgement, after the restaurant owner failed to respond or show up to the hearing. The bar has 30 days to appeal the ruling.
$5.5 million for losing a bar fight? Where do I sign up for that?
Hell, for $5.5 million, I’ll go toe-to-toe with Conor McGregor in the octagon for a round our two.
On the one hand, obviously the bar shouldn’t be overserving someone who appears to be the town drunk. I mean, two public intoxication arrests in the past two years? This dude isn’t exactly Pastor Dan over here.
But on the other hand, is there no personal responsibility for fighting in the parking lot? It’s not like the bartender pumped him with tequila and then handed him the keys to his car. Nobody made you throw a punch, nobody made you mouth off to the other drunk guy, nobody made the other guy a better drunk fighter than you… that’s all on you hoss.
I imagine the bar will actually show up and file an appeal, but damn… hope they have good insurance.