Seems that a woman has sued the city of Santa Monica for $1.7 billion because she claims that radiation from the parking meters have given her ringing in her ears, a stiff neck, and back and ear infections. The meters make a cell phone call whenever they accept a credit card, and communicate with a sensor in the street (about 5 feet.) Read all about it here.
I was about to comment that this is right up there with the woman who sued McDonald’s because her coffee, that she spilled on herself, was too hot, when I read further in the article and got this:
Meanwhile, in Dallas, Jennelle Carrillo is suing the Dallas County Stadium. On a hot day in August last year, she went to the stadium to watch a Blue and Silver debut scrimmage match. While waiting to enter the stadium, she sat on a marble bench outside. She says that she suffered third-degree burns on her buttocks, and that she was unaware of the full brunt of the injuries until she saw a medical professional.
The lawsuit filed complains that the bench was not roped off to prevent people from sitting there. There was also not a sign warning people to avoid the bench on hot days like that one, or that it might be made hot by August sun.
“There is no evidence that cell phones, wireless networks or other low-level emitters cause adverse health effects,” said Dr. David B. Agus in an email. “The first cell phone was introduced in 1973, and the epidemiological data do not show significant changes in the incidence of cancers since that time. It is very difficult to prove that these energy sources do not cuase health problems, but there is no data that they do.”The strongest suggestion that cellphones and wireless communications pose a risk to public health came last year when the World Health Organization added them to a category with lead and chloroform that are described as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”