California woman thinks “smart” parking meters are making her sick
Denise Barton of California has sued the city of Santa Monica for $1.7 billion because she thinks “smart” parking meters are making her sick. She claims that the radiation from the meters has caused ear infections and tightness in her neck.
Is this the most ridiculous claim you’ve ever heard or what?
The “smart” meters actually use a weak Wi-Fi signal to communicate with a sensor in the parking spot once it becomes available. The signal is no stronger than a basic cell phone or Wi-Fi signal would be under normal circumstances.
Even if Barton has a case, I find it hard to believe that ear infections and a tight neck would justify an almost $2 billion pay day.
Personally, I don’t mind people being litigious when there is good reason for it. But this is about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.
And I would recommend Barton start using public transportation, but accidentally inhaling exhaust fumes, or even the body odor of another passenger, just opens the door for another ridiculous lawsuit.
What is this world coming to?
Posted on August 21, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged California, current-events, Denise Barton, humor, law, Mobile phone, musings, news, opinion, Parking meter, perspectives, Santa Monica California, smart meters, transportation, Wi-Fi. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.