There has been many a morning when I wake up and think I want to sue Stella Artois, Grey Goose, and the street meat stand on my block because clearly they are to blame for any hangover or heart palpitations that I may or may not experience on any given Sunday. A New Jersey man knows what I'm talking about, but has decided to actually take his complaint to court. Michael Mustica is suing the manufacturers of Four Loko.
Mike alleges that Four Loko has caused him permanent heart damage. So how many tasty beverages did the dude take down?
Mike drank two and a half cans of Four Loko and claims he suffered a heart arrhythmia. Each can of Four Loko has the equivalent of about three to four beers worth of alcohol and the same amount of caffeine that's found in an eight-ounce cup of coffee from Starbucks. So Mike had the equivalent of six or eight beers and two cups of coffee. That's a lot. No doubt about it.
But I can't help but be reminded of a T-shirt that I first saw in Happy Gilmore: "Guns don't kill people, I kill people." I'm no stranger to the danger of Four Loko. I had one and felt like my heart was going to leap out of my chest and bounce down the street. But I stopped after one can and had some water, and if I'm honest, probably two spicy chicken sandwiches from Wendy's. That's what I heard, anyway.
I'll be curious to hear how this case holds up in court. There have been plenty of "prohibitionists" that want Four Loko off the market, and now with Mike's case, maybe they'll get their wish. I do think though that adults are responsible for their own actions, and it's a slippery slope if we start blaming the makers of an unhealthy product for our own demise.
Do you think Mike's case holds water?
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