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No matter how young or old you are, "It's a Small World" is one of those songs that you hear once and then just can't stop hearing. It is enough to drive anyone mad. But it literally drove one guy to a panic attack and high blood pressure attack back in November 2009. The 50-year-old disabled man, Jose Martinez, got stuck on the Disneyland ride when it broke down.
Martinez is paralyzed and said he got stuck in his wheelchair in the "Goodbye Room." Thus, he was forced to hear the "Small World" theme over and over again for a half hour, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to the panic attack and high blood pressure, Martinez's lawyer said his traumatized client also needed to urinate and that he could not medically stabilize for three hours after the incident. Eek. As a result, Martinez was just awarded $8,000 in damages.
I guess one could argue Martinez is owed even more money for his pain and suffering. It does sound like the guy was mentally and physically tortured to some extent. But I dunno ...
The skeptic in me wonders if it was really as bad as Martinez alleges. Thirty minutes isn't really that long, right? Come on, most parents get stuck listening to the same Little Einstein or Dora the Explorer tunes or sound effects for MUCH longer than that!! And they're not suing anyone! All I'm saying is sometimes people use unfortunate circumstances like these to get unnecessarily litigious.
Then again, if Martinez actually did suffer the medical traumas described, well, my heart does go out to him. But I'd feel bad for anyone who had to endure even one round of that song!
Do you think the guy deserved to win the suit?
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