Woman Who Died From Lack of Double Bagging Will Have You Rethink How You Shop

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Can I get that double bagged? That might be what you say from now on after reading this horrific story. A woman in Nebraska has allegedly DIED from a lack of double bagging -- and her husband is now suing Wal-Mart. Sound nutty? Lynette Freis was walking to her car with her groceries inside of ONE plastic bag when the bag did what some bags do sometimes -- broke. Usually nothing comes of that except the frustration of having to chase your tomatoes all over the sidewalk. But for Lynette, it turned deadly. A tin can reportedly fell on her foot, cutting it. The cut led to an infection and a year later, she was dead. OMG, talk about horrible luck!

Once Lynette's foot became infected, it eventually spread throughout her body, despite being given antibiotics. She spent months in the hospital and had two operations.

After spending over two months in the hospital, Lynette was discharged and wrote excitedly on her Facebook page:

I am so excited, I am FINALLY being discharged from the Hospital after 67 days. Can't wait to begin my new life since I have been given a second chance at life with my husband, my daughters and their families!!!!

But it wasn't to be. Lynette's infection returned, and in March 2011, she died. Now her husband, William Freis, is suing Wal-Mart for medical and funeral expenses totaling $657,000.

The suit alleges that Wal-Mart did not properly train its employees about double bagging.

I confess I'm one of those people who is irritated by those who insist on a double bag for everything. The U.S. uses 380 billion plastic bags a year! That's 1,200 bags for each person, each year!!

Plastic bags take forever to biodegrade are a huge threat to the environment. Not to mention that the streets are filled with them and they're disgusting.

I personally wish that stores would go back to paper! I also bring my own cloth bag with me as much as I can -- but sometimes I stop in a store on my way back from somewhere when I don't have the bag with me. But on the whole, I hate plastic bags and I try not to ask for double bags.

In this case, double bagging may have saved this woman's life. But a cloth resuable bag could have saved both her and the environment.

Do you double bag?


Image via Evelyn Giggles/Flickr


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miche... micheledo

What if the double bag had burst?  Then he would be suing because they don't make cloth bags a requirement.


However, I am extremely sorry for his loss.  It sounds like his wife had a close family and will not be a part of their lives.  Death is always sad.  :(  I hope that he can enjoy the time with his children and their families rather then wasting it on this lawsuit.

Todd Vrancic

?  I don't think he has a case.  For the store to be liable, they would have had to forsee that the split bag would cause the cut on her foot and that it would get infected.  That said, if my wife is at the store by herself, she tells them to pack the bags light, because she is not supposed to lift more than ten pounds due to a back injury.

TheCu... TheCuriousOne

Where I live, most of the time people bag their own groceries. I even think it's better this way, 'cause I get to choose what goes with what and double bag what can be a problem.
But indeed, it's not the kind of thing one can foresee.
I understand his pain, but I don't think he has an actual case.

Taisie Taisie

I worked at Walmart for two years, just got done in June. The Walmart  I worked at had a policy, NO double bagging EVER unless the customer asks for it.

Elaine Cox

the guy has no case...horrible accident but no case.....cloth bags?..gotta be washed...waste of water....cant be wasting that water....just carry everything in your hands

nonmember avatar Krystian

This is bull!!!!



Depending on how many cans were in that bag the employee should have automatically double bagged, or asked if she wanted it double bagged.



But while yes plastic bags are bad....do you realize how much more of a hassle those reusable bags are for a cashier???? It clogs our lines up because we gve to spend five minutes unpacking the twenty that you have (because no one ever only brongs one along, there is always five or more) then we have to shake them out, then hook thwm up, and when they fall down, or fall off.



So your lovely reusable cloth bags are trouble because the cashier gets backed up and then the supervisor gets in trouble.

katyq katyq

Did this woman have underlying health problems? This sounds a little sketchy.

amber... amberdotsmom

I'm sorry she died - truly.  But is this how dumb we've become or maybe we've just reached a point where we do what everyone tells us to do and never question.  I don't know.  A link on the article says she bought tow 42 oz cans plus a two pound bag of rice.  She could have asked for double bags, she could have asked for separate bags, she could have taken items out of the bag and re-bagged them before leaving the cashier (I've done that more than once), she could have used a cart so she didn't have to carry them at all. 

katyq katyq

Appatrntly she had health issues, one of which s ra and she was taking corticosteroids which i believe are immune suppresents. I would think, however, that the initial infection could have been prevented had she given herself proper first aid.

Movie... Moviebuff

Its sad she died but its not Walmarts fault.

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