Woman Sues After Toilet Seat Breaks

A woman is suing a Pennsylvania sports bar and restaurant, saying she got stuck inside a toilet bowl for 20 minutes after the seat broke.

Kathleen Hewko of Delran Township, N.J., says she was in the
bathroom at Starters Pub near Allentown when the handicapped toilet
seat she was sitting on cracked and dumped her into the bowl.

Hewko says in her lawsuit filed in federal court in November
that she had hip surgery prior to the Nov. 19, 2006, incident and
was re-injured when the seat broke.

The lawsuit names Starters and Kohler Co., the company that made
the toilet seat.

Representatives from both companies said they couldn't comment.


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  • by Aware Location: Right Here on Dec 8, 2008 at 06:13 PM
    PLEASE people!!! Could you learn how to spell BEFORE you post comments??? Dang!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 8, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    To:Blog Refuter...don't think I neglected your complement. I have tried to respond to you 3 times, none were posted. This would be my 4th attempt. Thank you friend, these posters make it way to easy for me! Next someone will proclaim...they know who I am..I was hoping the O84P didn't give me away LOL. Maybe this is soft, fluffy and marshmallow enough to get posted.
  • by Teacher Location: NC on Dec 8, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    Thomas Crapper -- did he invent the toilet ? Yes or No ? Thomas Crapper was a real enough person. Every time I teach my course in the history of technology, some student informs me -- often with a salacious grin -- that the flush toilet was invented by a 19th-century Englishman named Thomas Crapper. Well, he didn't really invent the flush toilet, but his name is indeed a cloud that hovers over its history. He was born in Yorkshire in 1837 -- long after the first flush toilets came into use. His biography by Wallace Reyburn is titled Flushed with Pride. It's all very tongue-in-cheek, but it's nevertheless quite complete. Thomas Crapper apprenticed as a plumber when he was still a child. By the time he was 30, he'd set up his own business in London. He developed and manufactured sanitary facilities of all sorts until his death in 1910. He held many patents and was in fact an important and extremely inventive figure in creating modern water-closet systems
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 8, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    I hate it every time that I have to use the toilet seat of a restaurant. It's a pain!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 8, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    The woman was of "moderate" weight gain. So, what does that mean? If she has had hip surgery, it is commonly for people that took a lower weight frame and increased the weight that leads to damage. But then again, you don't have to be accountable for that. Go get another twinkie. I am sure this happened due to Global Warming or is George Bush's fault.
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Dec 8, 2008 at 04:02 AM
    Every restaurant should hire a bathroom monitor to ensure public safety and cleanliness. This would decrease the unemployment rate throughout the country. Add 1 penny to every meal to cover the cost of the employee. What a wonderful idea...
  • by George on Dec 7, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    I have seen restaurants that use crappy toilet seats. Very dangerous.....I avoid them. I like rely on my common sense to get me through the day. It makes me feel good & it keeps me from sueing people for my own stupidity.
  • by Mary Location: North Carolina on Dec 7, 2008 at 02:34 PM
    Sometimes people put replacement toilet seats that are not made for that particular commode. It doesnt' take much to break one since it's not sitting on the commode in the proper manner. If the sports bar and restaurant had indeed used a different seat on the commode, they could be liable, in my opinion.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Dec 7, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    Toilet seats are usually made of plastic and plastic does break. The restaurant should have kept up on maintenance and replacement. By the way, I am fat, 300 lbs. I was born beautiful, am still beautiful and will die beautiful.....and fat. You thin/slim people have my sympathy. What must be wrong in your life that you would pick on a large part of the population just because of their size. I am a very successful woman, graduated from an Ivy league college, have two PhD. No what do you skinny people have.....your little snide remarks. Ha Ha..... I think I win.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Dec 7, 2008 at 01:38 PM
    Blog Refluter, Nobody cares who you think won, but keep fluting. People slip on wet floors, break chairs or steps, fall over loose cobblestones etc. every day in America. It doesn't make the national news because it's not humerous, this is, that's why it did. Lighten up, she's going to get paid. Her husband will probably get the substantial sum that he is seeking for losing the use and companionship of his wife. Yeah, he wants to get paid too. Alpo female, I'll feed you later.
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