What's your reaction to the $7.2 million "Popcorn Lung" jury award?
I don’t quite know where stupid stops and sanity sets in in this story. A guy comes down with a rare disease called “popcorn lung disease” after 20 solid years of eating 2 bags of microwave popcorn a day. Nothing in moderation when excess is so easy, right?
And the manufacturers of said microwave popcorn made it smell like butter by putting a poisonous chemical called diacetyl into it to give it a “buttery smell” without the expense of butter. They knew diacetyl was dangerous because long-time workers in their food factories were prone to popcorn lung disease.
How do you react to this modern-day marvel? Where does stupid stop and personal responsibility start. And remember, since corporations are people, they don’t get a pass on personal responsibility. And how about the trial lawyers that scour the nation for such cases and sometimes take as much as 60% of the settlement? Can you pick the bad guy out from among the shortsighted shoppers, the phony food factories or the tawdry trial lawyers? Or is it a pox on all their houses?