Woman suing Victoria’s Secret over thong injury

I hate ridiculous lawsuits more than I hate anything else in the world. Or until I think of something new to hate tomorrow. A woman is suing Victoria’s Secret for an eye injury she sustained while putting on a thong. She says one of the little metal decorative pieces – or a fastener used to attach it – scratched her cornea. She’s unclear how it happened – I’m assuming there was some sort of ricocheting involved.

A Los Angeles woman is suing the lingerie-producing giant Victoria’s Secret over a thong gone wrong. Fifty-two-year-old Macrida Patterson, who works in parking enforcement for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, says she suffered a scratched cornea after either a pendant or a metal fastener snapped off a pair of panties and struck her in the eye.

“It does seem sort of unbelievable at first,” said Patterson’s attorney, Jason Buccat. But, he said, his client’s injuries will “affect her for the rest of her life.”

Tammy Roberts Myers, a Victoria’s Secret spokeswoman, said the company had not seen the lawsuit and had no comment.

[From ABC News]

Sometimes these embarrassing “how could anyone possibly do that?” type injuries sound dumb but actually have merit. When I was in school one of the lawyers from the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit spoke to my law class.

When he explained the whole thing – from the cup’s flawed design to the coffee that was routinely kept hotter than boiling – you saw that the case really was legitimate. And then he showed us pictures of the woman’s injuries, which still make me sick to this day. The boiling water left wounds in her thighs that were inches deep. So I always try to keep that in mind when the media latches onto some seemingly stupid lawsuit.

That said, this sure sounds like bullshit. I think that if nothing else, this lady needs to get a new lawyer. He comes off as an idiot, repeating the same trite phrases over and over again. I really wanted to smack him and hold a pillow over his head after about 20 seconds. And his whole “We just want to make sure our client is taken care of” thing – dude you’re suing over a thong injury. Don’t act like this is just about your client’s health and well-being. You’re here for cash and 10 seconds of fame. And now you’ll forever be known as the thong lawyer. Well played.

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  1. Scott F. says:

    I don’t think the jury will be able to get passed the first thought that slammed into my brain: this woman has no business wearing a thong – case closed.

    It’s been a while since I took a law class, but in order to prove negligence, don’t they have to show that a reasonable person could have foreseen the problem, and failed to do anything about it?

    Cause I gotta say, I don’t think anyone could have possibly foreseen that shit.

    Oh, and on a completely unrelated note – how is anyone else not picking up on the fact she’s a meter maid? She could do her job with two glass eyes and a golf cart.

  2. CB Rawks says:

    If coffee is kept hotter than boiling, wouldn’t it get burnt and taste terrible?
    Or is that a stupid question because it’s McDonalds? :D

  3. anon69 says:

    maybe that thong had been weakened by the repeated over stretching that it no doubt endured-

  4. geronimo says:

    LOL anon69 – case for the defence! Pure opportunism.

  5. devilgirl says:

    Should she even be wearing a thong in the first place?
    I got a black eye once from one of those Downey fabric softener balls. I pulled on the top of it and the lid type thing flew off and it hit my eye. Got quite the shiner!
    You didn’t see me running to some atty to drum up a lawsuit. Although people did swear my boyfriend gave me the black eye and encouraged me to go to the police and press charges on him. They thought I was a silent abuse victim.

  6. Wif says:

    How serious is a scratched cornea?

  7. Mairead says:

    I shouldn’t snigger – but I did :oops:

    Well – if it were proper briefs would the case have more merit? :P To be frank, if the fixings came off that easily and it wasn’t that old, then it wasn’t of merchantable quality.

    I think it’s fair enough if VS is held liable for medical bills and corrective surgery – e.g. replaced cornea – but not stupid money for “distress”

  8. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    This case has everything – thongs, a douchey lawyer, a major corporation. The Court TV producers are going to need to see doctors for their permanent erections.

    Smell that, foreigners? That’s the smell of The Most Litigious Nation On Earth! Love it or Leave it, baby!

  9. Susan says:

    “this woman has no business wearing a thong – case closed.”

    Wow. That was incredibly offensive and immature. I don’t think her personal choice of underwear is any concern of yours, Scott F.

  10. Jenna says:


    Does that mean I get to sue Taco Bell for giving me an upset stomach?

    Also. My little brother cut his eye because of a paper airplane. He had to wear an eyepatch. We didn’t sue the paper company.

    I’m sorry but this is seriously the stupid case I have ever heard of. Like really. Defective product… Potential harm. Doesn’t everything we buy have the potential to cause harm to us? Also, it has been a year since it actually occured. Did they have to have scientists and other people study it?

    I will still wear Victoria’s Secret! I work there! Eff this woman and her unqualified lawyer.

  11. velvet elvis says:

    Maybe I should sue HER because I’m suffering pain and anguish just thinking about her trying to stuff her ass into a thong.

  12. Scott F. says:

    Uhhh Suze, she’s the one who went on national TV and complained about her thong. That’s what made it my ‘concern’. If you put yourself out there for ridicule, don’t be surprised when it comes home to roost.

    She’s trying to exploit the legal system for personal gain, and I find that pretty offensive and immature myself.

  13. Syko says:

    I scratched my cornea once. I don’t really remember how I did it. But I had to wear a patch, and for a couple of days had a headache, and any light getting into the eye hurt – and then it healed and there was no permanent damage.

    I work in a law firm. I KNOW how stupid and litigious people are. The lawyers make the assistants screen prospective new clients, so we get to hear all the ridiculous stories. Like the guy who drank five beers, ran a red light, t-boned another car, and then wanted to know who in the hell was going to pay for the damage to his car.

    I still don’t think the McDonalds hot coffee suit has merit. You know coffee is going to be hot, you want coffee to be hot, so be careful with it.

    Sometimes in life we have to take the blame for things we do to ourselves.

    P.S. How come sometimes my comments have to await moderation? Am I that big a pain in the butt?

  14. j says:

    She should not, I repeat, should not be wearing a thong.

  15. susan says:

    the principle of “causation” is missing here. doubt she’ll get anything other than some negative publicity.

  16. G. says:

    The mental image of this lady wearing a thong is forever struck in my brain and will effect me for the rest of my life. Do I get to sue her?

  17. Ron says:

    If she works in parking enforcement in LA, not only is she an idiot, she’s a bitchy idiot, who can’t even face the challenge of putting on underwear. Nothing says government employee quite like that.

  18. Jody says:

    I was thinking this happened in the store…wow, okay. I can’t watch the video since I’m at work.

  19. ri23 says:

    At least natural selection made an attempt, only to be outdone by medicine. Science: 1, God: 0.

  20. ribble says:

    Thanks for your words on the McDonald’s coffee case. I have talked until I’m blue in the face trying to educate people about this when they bring it up as “that greedy woman who sued for no reason at all,” but there are a lot more people who are willing to draw all their conclusions from a 15-second soundbite or a 4-word headline rather than actually look into the details.

    IIRC McDonald’s had also already paid out scores of damages for similar burns, including some 3rd degree burns to children. McDonald’s witnesses testified in court that they knew the temperature of the coffee posed a risk to their customers, but that “hot coffee” was their gimmick and it brought in money, so they had decided to keep it and run the risk.

    The reason the woman took it to court in the first place was because they offered her an insulting amount that didn’t even come *close* to covering her medical expenses, and rejected her requests for medical expense coverage. I have heard that her private insurance refused to pay because it was a compensable injury, meaning that they knew McDonald’s insurance should be paying for it, but McDonald’s refused. Her options were to pay the staggering hospital bills out of her own pocket, or sue.

  21. Anna says:

    “He’ll be known forever as the thong lawyer” – so, so true! :D

    The guy is a moron. If I had a lawyer, I’d like one whose main vocabulary words aren’t “umm, uhhh, aahhh, emmm”. And who doesn’t keep stumbling over my name. I’m sorry to be saying this, but I’m in Europe and really, one of the thoughts that went through my mind as I watched the clip was “only in America… sheesh…”

    This is so ridiculous and crazy. 10 bucks say VS is gonna crush them like the cockroaches they are, if it really puts its mind to it. This is definitely nowhere near the McDonald’s coffee league.

  22. Mairead says:

    Hey Jody – actually I read this in the paper today and the columnist thought the same.

    And what on earth are you lot on about? She’s hardly fat – her arms and waist look fairly slender, but her bra is seriously unflattering. As I said, would the case be more valid if it was a pair of briefs?

    I actually think she has a reasonable case for reasonable damages (treatment and checkups). You buy any item of clothing with the reasonable expectation that a sharp element, such as a clasp or zip, won’t break off after two wears and cut your eye.

    But both she and her lawyer come across as unreasonable, odious and hysterical, and really undeserving of a win. :evil:

  23. Celebitchy says:

    @Syko and others – there are certain words that trigger the spam/moderation filter. I can’t say much more than that, because the dating spammers are getting wise to it and some have figured out which words to avoid. I don’t want to make it hard for you guys to post at all, but some days I spend so much time cleaning up the spam and the abusive comments that it probably costs you at least 2 stories worth of my time.

  24. Syko says:

    OK, I totally understand, CB. I was just noticing that Lisa seems to be missing lately. I’m glad it wasn’t personal. :D

  25. Mairead says:

    Ahhh thanks for that CB, I got the same thing too – which surprised me as I thought “well of all the other obviously more offensive posts I’ve probably done..” :lol:

    Between you and me *looks around for eavesdroppers* it’s “it’s” isn’t it? :wink:

  26. Banana Boat says:

    Thanks for the background on the McDonalds case. Well that certainly puts it in a new light.

    And if their coffee was burnt beyond boiling I suspect it would taste much like Starbucks. They really burn their coffee to bitter. Terrible.

    I could not imagine working at a law firm like Syco- seeing all of the ridiculous claims would be irritating to no end. I think it comes down to one thing: We’re in a society now that seems to promote doing things the quick, easy way: make a buck, while you’re at it maybe garner a little fame…it’s truly
    out of hand.

    Her lawyer looks like he’s 12, by the way.

  27. Jaclyn says:

    This woman is ugly…and stupid as hell!

  28. Celebitchy says:

    lol Mairead! It’s it’s, definitely. :lol:

  29. geronimo says:

    :lol: Love it. Really funny, Mairead!

    I wondered too about the moderation thing. It would come up when I’d made what I thought was a completely innocuous comment and I’d think it was because I must have said something really mean elsewhere and was on temporary probation. :oops:

  30. Syko says:

    Me too, Geronimo! I’d think “OMG, I should not have said ass in that last post!” Obviously, though, it’s something fairly innocuous.

    And if this one posts immediately, we’ll know it’s not “it’s”.

  31. Bellatrix says:

    “Victoria’s Secrets has its angels but the devil is in the details…” : this lawyer is actually a very fun entertainer. The stuttering and many “uuuh” are so real and sound so natural. Wow!
    Somebody needs to ask him for a reality show. He could specialize in silly lawsuits. I would actually watch that from time to time (if it ends up online, of course).

    Apart from that, this is exactly what makes people outside the States laugh.
    It’s not about making an extrapolation and saying that all americans are like that (not at all, as a matter of fact), it’s just the fact that such a lawsuit is possible and taken seriously by court…

  32. ks says:

    :) ))I am so glad this craziness hasn’t move to Europe yet,hope it never does,God, what are people thinking!!!Once when i worked on a clothes store a woman came out of the fitting room and said to me that she got a hole on her stockings while trying on a skirt 8O -my response,i asked her what is her point and she said that the shop should have the responsibility to get her a new stockings!!! 8O -my response.Is beyond me that there is a judge rules in favour for a cases like that thong case,let me don’t get started on the stupid Mc’Donald coffe case!!! 8O :x :!: :?: 8O :?

  33. ks says:

    Banana Boat,could you please scientifically explain me how can you burn a coffe beyond it’s boiling point 8O :roll: :!:

  34. JennGush says:

    Suing for over $25,000?!?! It’s funny how her attorney starts out by saying they just don’t want anyone else to be injured from it. That is ridiculous. Well, she obviously doesn’t buy her bras from VS or else she’d have a bit more support up top.

  35. Ticia says:

    :? the heart thing was on the BACK of the thong…how the h*ll did it bounce up and hit her in the eye.

  36. Rianna says:

    i was thinking the exact same thing ticia… how did the metal piece hit her eye when its on the back of the thong not the front. that doesnt make sense at all.

  37. Lunachick says:

    What an obnoxious, opportunistic b**ch.

    I cannot STAND leeches, and that’s exactly what she is. I have no patience for people who blame everything that befalls them on someone else, and worse, expect to be compensated.

    She knows VS has money, and is hoping they’ll decide to settle out of court so they don’t have to pay millions in court fees.

    I could see returning the panties for a new pair. They might even be nice and swap them for a larger size…

  38. vdantev says:

    First off, THAT THING should never be in a thong. Thongs are like bikinis and spandex- a privilege not a right.

    A lawyer saw an easy paycheck here, pure and simple.

  39. lanette says:

    it sounds crazy but i think it could happen, i really do..

  40. Carena says:

    Is it just me or does the elastic on that thong look stretched to hell? If you squeeze your hefty behind into something 5 sizes too small made from elastic you have to expect it to fail.

    If that piece broke off and the thong was the correct size, it would simply fall to the ground. Instead the piece was under such stress that when it gave way to her chub it flung into her eye so fast it caused cornea damage.

    Now she wants money because she stuffed her chub into a too tiny thong?

  41. Jaundice Machine says:

    Some how I get the impression that she vainly insisted on choosing a thong a size or two too small, and the underoos buckled under pressure.

  42. dee says:

    Scratched corneas heal. What the F***!!! I think that the thong was just trying to defend itself the poor thing needed some sort of defense mechanism. This is just another ridiculous lawsuit.

  43. sue mac says:

    I can’t fit into most VS thongs and I’m a size 8! What would have fit her here? As far as the Mcd’s case-you got that wrong…..they were warned previous with several injuries and refused to lower the temp even though it was at a literal rolling boil.Did you ever think their coffee tasted good-come on.

  44. Kevin says:

    I believe that if this gal wore boxers they would end up being a thong by the end of the day. I should probably sue Victoria secret as well for eye strain and carpal tunnel..heh heh.

  45. Ginny says:

    Wow. I’d have to agree that I think the thong was probably too small for her for it to snap like that.

    They’re both awful speakers. She sounds like a high school student gossiping about how someone else “wronged” her in one way or another, but what she’s talking about is actually something really stupid. Like, along the lines of “how dare she wear the same shirt as me!” inanity.

  46. Glass says:

    I want to know what else she was doing in those
    panties that caused the fastener
    (or whatever)to pop off.
    Did she have some help from a close male or
    female friend?

  47. StephAnne says:

    WOW….first of all its under wear If your eye was that bad you would be in the hositpal not on the news


  48. jo says:

    not bad 10 minutes of fame for the attorney after a whopping month of experience practicing law (admitted may 20, 2008). i don’t think the partners wanted to be associated with this so they sent an underling undoubtedly. willing to take any money but not the limelight here. she definitely should consider getting someone with a few more months under his/her belt.

  49. hairball says:

    What an idiot. Tha lawyer looked embarrassed and sheepish, like, “I know, we’re asses”.

    Well, she has set herself up for humiliation as you know VS’ lawyers are going to find a way to work in her weight (right or wrong) during the trial.

    All they’d have to do for me is ask “And for the record, please tell the court your weight at the time of the incident” and I’d be like “Ok, we fold” as I crashed through the window.

  50. Kat says:

    SHe looks awfully excited about being injured and on tv. Don’t think she has an ulterior motive??

  51. geronimo says:

    That poor woman! A life-threatening injury, traumatised for life by a thong and now has a lifelong thongophobia which I’m sure has had a serious detrimental effect on her sex life.

    Hey! There’s more ammunition for her lawyer’s gun! I want my cut.

  52. carmey says:

    um, i like how they havn’t even SERVED victoria yet. that’s awesome.
    she should probably buy underwear that is her size too maybe…that usually helps.

    OH, and THREE TIMES?!? was she skipping the metal thing across her eye like you skip rocks??! THAT seems absurd to me. it would be more believeable if it hit her eye, oh i dont know, once.

    and her lawyer sucks. how many times does he say “uh”? almost as many times as she was “cut” on her cornea.

  53. Cole3699 says:

    Ok, SERIOUSLY??? They lawyer has not idea what amount they want from this? Please, that lady knew the moment she said…”Oh, my eye” how much she wanted.

    Her size is not the issue here. The fact that she feels she has the right to sue over something this petty just about kills me. What could have been a great Friday night drunk story, has turned into a drama of a life time.

    Seems her failed attempts to run herself over with her meter cart failed, so she went after VS next. Thankfully we the taxpayers won’t have to pay for her settlement.

    VS is not for everyone. If you are accident prone, got to Target and buy Hanes her way…much safer.

    In seriousness…I have cut my cornea before. It was painful. I healed. I blinked…yes, you heard me. I blinked and cut it. A piece of dust was in my eye and cut it. Per the doctor people! I never once thought about suing Pledge for not effectively erradicating the dust in my house. Damn, I should have gone after those damn dust bunnies!

    Giggle on people…the trama of my former injury may cause me to drink tonight!

  54. dana says:

    OMG!! LOL!! LMAO! how tight does your pantydraws have to be for stuff to start popping off of them?? toooooo funny!

  55. Brenda says:

    I’ve scratched my cornea about 3 times now. If you wear contact lenses and it’s a windy day a speck of grit or dirt can sometimes blow in your eyes and get under the contact and causes the scratch. Each time the eye was fixed up by putting a patch or bandage on the eye for 24 hours to give it a rest and protect it from the light which makes it hurt like crazy. I did not suffer any emotional trauma or sue the contact lens manufacturer or so anyone who has to do with windy days. These two are totally nuts!!! I hope she doesn’t demonstrate putting the thong on in court!! ((shudder))

  56. jellybean says:

    This story is ridiculous, turning it into a lawsuit is even more ridiculous, but the comments here are totally funny!

    This thong-traumatized victim will probably be the next reality TV star with her 15 minutes of fame. I suggest the title “Thong Gone Wild”

    I’d also like to say that I’ve been wearing Victorias Secret products for years, and have never been harmed in any way. Thongs are my friends.

    Thong Injury. Get real!

  57. melissa says:

    I dont feel sorry for her, I feel sorry for the thong!

  58. Size7 says:

    That thong looks a LOT smaller than her fat ass. :evil:

  59. Jeane says:

    I can’t believe she is willing to endure the embaressment of having to explain to the world exactly how she broke her thong!

    I would die of shame before the lawsuit was over.

  60. LadyVady says:

    it’s pretty awesome that we can sit around on a saturday night and laugh our slim asses off at this poor meter maids unfortunate ass-thong-eye problems. …I wonder what she would do if something REAL happened to her?!?! you know her family members are sitting here cracking up too, and embarrassed to be associated with her!!

  61. Cletus says:

    She hurt herself… with a pair of panties. That? IS AWESOME. Even I have never managed to do that, and I am a SPAZ. One time I actually knocked myself the hell out by running into a door jam in my own house, but I have never been mauled by my own underwear. She is a got-damn inspiration!

  62. gg says:

    BODY LANGUAGE: Watch her eyes as she answers the question of what happened. She cannot even look at the camera, and it’s not even a person. She’s clearly lying her ass off.

    Also, I don’t think it’s possible for someone to be slipping on underpants and anything on the front OR back to fly off and aim right at your eye. When you put on panties, you do it with two hands, and you bend over – your (in her case, large) thighs are protecting your face from any slingshot effect.

    This litigious crap pisses me off. :evil:

  63. meghan says:

    this laDY needs a life! i mean comeon suing some company for potential injury. everything we buy has potential injury involved tahts y there is WARNING LABLES! god so does this mean i get to sue every resteraunt ive eatin at tahts given me a stomach ach? or every toy store that gave me a defective toy when i was younger? god i think ill sue this lady for giving me the mentaly scaring image of her trying to fit her big fat ass in a thong. SHE SHOULD NOT BE WEARING THONGS! :evil:

  64. J A B says:

    i think its weird but also sexy cosidering trhe thong that she was trying on and plus she has a right to wear anything she wants and if she wanted to wear a thong then she should be allowed to and plus thats a sexy hot thong :D

  65. Darling1 says:

    Life story soon to be played by Rosie O’Donnell in the smash hit “ATTACK OF THE KILLER (WELL, EYE-WOUNDER) THONG!!”

  66. Darling1 says:

    She should have been putting money into her 401K all these years. Then she wouldn’t be looking for her retirement fund in a little piece of spandex and lace.

  67. mike from jersey says:

    what a freaken joke, I wish the thong would have killed her!

  68. Ray says:

    I dont usually comment, but after reading through so much info I had to say thanks