When Marcel Cote was in his Air Transat seat back in February 2008, he felt some discomfort “in the area between his legs”. He went to the washroom and noticed he was bleeding from his genitals.
He then asked a female flight attendant to send one of her male colleagues, and asked him to examine his bleeding penis.
As can be expected, the flight attendant refused, and handed him some absorbent paper instead. Upon landing, Mr. Cote was transferred to a local hospital, where doctors determined he had a ruptured vein.
Apparently, not having your genitals examined by a flight attendant is enough to sue the airline. Never mind that the flight crew is not trained to perform medical inspections, Mr. Cote claims the incident turned his vacation into a nightmare, and demanded $8,000 (CAD) for the “anguish” he suffered.
Thankfully, the Canadian judge rejected the case, issuing the following statement:
“It was not incumbent upon a flight attendant to conduct the medical examination of a passenger, a measure reserved for the medical profession,”
The judge didn’t deny that Mr. Cote was in some kind of discomfort, but she also maintained that his discomfort did not appear to be a life threatening situation.
Here is a story that is bound to make you think twice about harassing the locals when you are drunk.
When 20 year old Stuart Feltham tried to assault a 26 year old local girl on the Greek island of Crete, she first politely asked him to stop.
Like most people, she was not impressed by a drunk British tourist dropping his pants and waving his genitals around.
Her requests went unanswered, so she poured a glass of Sambuca on him. Even that wasn’t enough for this guy to get the message, and when he continued harassing her, she set fire to the alcohol (and his genitals) – causing severe second degree burns.
Mr. Feltham was rushed to a private clinic where he is being treated. Thankfully he was smart enough to pay for travel insurance, and his policy had no exclusions for burned penis.
The British Home Office (like our State Department) is of course embarrassed by the whole thing, especially since they have been campaigning to reduce the number of Brits getting in trouble when they are abroad.
Reveling tourists are such an annoyance to local residents of Crete, that Miss Fanouraki is being called a hero. She’s claiming self defense and the local magistrate has already hinted that they’ll most likely accept that, and let her off easy.
Lesson learned today: no means no, and when someone pours flammable liquid on your private parts, run to the bathroom for water.