He Fell While Buying Watermelon at Walmart, Is Now $7.5M Richer

A jury in Alabama says Walmart must pay a man $7.5 million after he was injured trying to buy a watermelon

He Fell While Buying Watermelon at Walmart, Is Now $7.5M Richer

Walmart says it plans to appeal, claiming any negligence was Walker's fault.

In June 2015, after picking out a watermelon from a display, Walker's foot became caught in a wooden pallet beneath the watermelons.

A jury chose to award him $2.5M after his lawyer successfully argued that the retailer didn't care enough to secure a pallet where the fruit was placed and subsequently entrapped the man's foot.

A jury has awarded $7.5m (£5.7m) to a customer who was injured while picking up a watermelon at a Walmart in the U.S. state of Alabama. He turned, unaware that the pallet was there, and fell and shattered his hip, court documents state.

A spokesman for Walmart said the damages are excessive, and they intend to appeal.

His lawyers argued: "Walmart had a responsibility to its customers to provide a safe environment and should have known the pallet could cause an injury".

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Charles Gower, one of Walker's attorneys, tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Walmart should have covered the pallet so it couldn't entangle a shopper's foot. Walmart maintains that the pallet was not unsafe, and, according to court filings, has not changed its display.

A Russell County Circuit Court jury returned a $7.5 million verdict late Wednesday against retail giant Walmart at its Phenix City store.

Walker's attorney told AL.com: "You don't expect to go into a grocery store walking fine on your two feet and come out on a stretcher".

"I think this jury appreciated what Mr". The Army veteran used to play basketball with friends three times a week, but now has to use a walker.

"He is no longer able to do everyday activities that many of us take for granted".

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