Dad Sues Store Because Boots Made His 4-Year-Old Daughter Trip

girl bootsHave you ever met a parent who is always looking to blame someone when anything happens to their child? Well, I haven't met Shahan Stephanian, but my guess is he may be one of those.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the man from Pasadena, Calif., recently filed a lawsuit against Nordstrom. He says an employee at the store who was fitting his 4-year-old daughter for boots, put her in some that too big for her. Apparently she measured at about a size 11-12, but the employee had her try a 13 so there would be room to grow (something I actually appreciate as a parent). When the employee told her to walk toward a shelf to see how they felt, she tripped and hit her head.

Ouch. Apparently, it was a pretty hard fall as the lawsuit claims she suffered "serious injuries to her person. Said injuries include a laceration to her left eyebrow and eyelid area, which has left a permanent and very noticeable scar.”

I feel bad for her. I bet Nordstrom felt bad for her. But to sue over this incident is ridiculous, especially now since this happened in 2006! Nordstrom issued a statement saying they have let Stephanian know several times that they "welcome the opportunity to resolve his issues directly." But apparently he's not interested in something that civil.

The lawsuit says the girl was "too young to appreciate the danger of walking in boots that were too large or did not fit properly.” It claims the sales person "had a duty to use reasonable care to present the plaintiff with boots that were safe and of an appropriate size so that plaintiff would not have difficulty walking in said boots and/or would not stumble or fall while walking in said boots."

Her mother was there shopping with her, so she definitely could have intervened at any point. If anyone should be accountable, it's definitely her, but daddy doesn't see it that way -- probably because all the dollar signs in his eyes are in the way.

The bottom line is that it was an accident. Those happen a lot in life, and suing for something like this is just ridiculous. The worst part of it is the example this man is setting for his daughter -- to not take responsibility for yourself and your family but to pass blame whenever you can ... especially when there's something to potentially gain.

What do you think of this lawsuit?


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nonsa... nonsanctimommy9

Pretty much he's an irresponsible parent looking for a handout. How about he grow some actual balls and man?

Knitt... KnittyTina

I'm sure all the facts aren't here about what actually happened, but I've tried on bigger shoes on my daughter before because I wanted to check the fit especially if she was in between sizes and different kinds of shoes always seem to fit differntly.  Sometimes she's one size for one kind of shoe and a slightly different size with something else.  It's hard to tell unless she physically tries them on with the brand of socks she is going to wear with that particular shoe.  I don't think the saleswoman did anything wrong, and kids trip and fall all the time.  Heck, I wasn't even wearing shoes last week when I tripped in the kitchen and bounced into the counter!  I should probably contact a lawyer and sue the company that installed the flooring 30 years ago...

IHear... IHeartCake

Hasn't he passed the statute of limitations, if this happened in 2006?  I feel they should settle, and what his daughter should get is her medical bills paid and some free shoes.  Accidents happen.  It's awful that the girl has a scar, but if that is the only lasting injury, I don't think they deserve big bucks. 

lovem... lovemyson1224

Hopefully a judge throws it out.

nonmember avatar Christie

I just recently had my kids in the store looking at new shoes and the person working there asked if I wanted them to help my kids find the correct size. I said "No thank you, I've got it" and at the time I wondered who in the world would allow someone else to do this for their children when they are there and perfectly capable of doing it themselves. Now I know, someone who is also stupid enough to sue them for it.

Nelli... NellieAthome

iHeartCake - why the hell should ordstroms settle for this non-issue? This man's suit is just another fof the whiny frivilous non-issue lawsuits slogging up our courts and costing us, the consumer $$$$ to cover their stupid unwarranted payouts these idiots get.

They deserve NOTHING.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

This was only an addicent and the sale person didn't nothing wrong and as for the dad he is an A*** For suing and I hope the judge laughs at him and throws the case out. @Christie I let the sale person measure my son's feet to see what size he is in because I don't want to be trying on every shoe in the store until something fits and it's nice having the sale person help me out when I looking for shoes for my son cause they maybe something I miss.

Carrie Carlson

oh jeez kids get hurt and trip and scrape elbows and bump heads its part of being a kid he needs to get over it!!!!!!

Marsha Sterkel

Typical. Perhaps the father and the mother should have taught this child to pick her feet up when she walks. I know my mother taught my brothers and me to do that. Accidents happen and kids get bumps and cuts and scrapes. We all did. To sue the store for the child being clumsy is only going to serve to make the parents look goofy because I really don't think that any intelligent judge in this country is going to let this happen. Society has over the years become afraid. Afraid of taking responsibility and suffering the consequences of those decisions. Society is weak. That is why every time someone has something wrong with them physically or mentally or emotionally the scientists come up with a new disease or psychological disorder to blame it on. Until people wake up and see this and accept this it will never change.

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