Bizarre non-medical news story of the week: Man sues Home Depot after being glued to a toilet. “His lawsuit, filed Friday, said Dougherty was recovering from heart bypass surgery at the time and thought he was having a heart attack. A store employee who heard him calling for help informed the head clerk via radio, but the head clerk ‘believed it to be a hoax,’ the lawsuit said.”

The man in question is interviewed:

“The humiliation and embarrassment of that day still sits in my mind like its fresh,” he said. “There are a lot of people who will laugh at the situation. I suppose some form of slapstick, but when this happens, it’s serious.”

In addition to the emotional pain, Doughtery said he still has pain when he sits, as well as, post- traumatic stress that’s triggered diabetes.


Update 2:
Has this happened to him before?

Bob Dougherty’s been in a sticky situation – twice.

The Boulder County man who’s become nationally known as the guy glued to a Home Depot toilet seat reported a similar incident more than a year ago, according to Nederland’s former director of operations.

On Monday, Ron Trzepacz said from his New York home that Dougherty came to him in the summer of 2004 with the same allegation: that his rear had been glued to a toilet seat.

In the 2004 incident, Dougherty, 57, said he was able to pull himself from the seat in the town’s visitors center bathroom, Trzepacz told the Rocky Mountain News.



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  • Dr. Deborah Serani

    So funny!


  • Anonymous

    Fraudulent claim in my opinion.
    People of normal intelligence just don’t sit on a public toilet seat without checking it for urine or feces or any funny looking material. Normal people also use toilet paper or toilet seat paper to cover it before sitting on it.
    He can claim of course that there were no warning labels. Home Depot should post a sign in there that the water in the toilet bowl is not for human consumption.

  • Anonymous

    My first impression was that it was a fraund too — one guy smearing the seat and another using it. On the other hand, if the guy was really desperate when he got to the toilet, he mightn’t have time to check the seat.
    They should show the court proceedings on Court TV.

    I love the warning signs though…

    Not quite relevant, but a great quote from many forums on the web (too many to attribute properly): “I’m not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don’t we just take the safety labels and warning signs off of everything and let the problem solve itself?”

  • Anonymous

    True story. Once while shopping in Wal Mart some boxes fell on an elderly gentleman and he fell to the ground. An employee rushed over and asked him if he was all right. The man said “yes, I am fine” and stood up. His wife then yelled “No you are not” then put him down on the ground, demanded that 911 be called and he went off to the hospital wrapped up in a cervical collar, strapped to a board in an ambulance. I am sure CJD followed him the rest of the way.

  • Anonymous

    Another true story.
    A woman needed some wood for her fireplace but didn’t feel like driving to the store. She went to a friend’s house to get some. The friend offered to bring it out to her, but she insisted on carrying it herself while wearing her high heels. On the way downstairs she fell and injured her back. Not permanently, but she did spent several months in the hospital. Even though she didn’t appear to have any lasting damage, she sued her friend for $1,000,000. The case went on for years during which time the friend’s credit suffered because of pending litigation; the bank even refused to refinance the house.
    The woman eventually lost for the lack of long-lasting injuries (she tried to claim that she had to have an abortion 2 years after the injury because of some lasting effect on her health, but it didn’t fly because it turned out she had an abortion before).
    In spite of the victory, the person who was sued suffered for years it took to resolve it – all the extra anxiety, credit problems, etc. Another friend of mine said “if someone falls down my stairs, I’ll shoot”.

  • Anonymous

    lawyers don’t care about that kind of suffering.