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OFF BEAT: Falling tomato sauce cans fail to amuse injured customer


Being flattened beneath an avalanche of groceries might be funny business for Saturday morning cartoon characters, but a Hartford, Conn., man allegedly bloodied by falling foodstuffs says his injuries are no laughing matter.

Agapito Lopez, 54, is suing a New Britain, Conn., Price Rite supermarket for injuries he sustained during a December 2009 visit to the store, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday.

According to the Courant, Mr. Lopez was struck in the face and knocked to the ground by a falling stack of tomato sauce cans after he tried to pull one can from a shelf above his head. He suffered a cut to the bridge of his nose, bruising, sprained or strained back muscles, dizziness and spasms, the Courant reported.

Mr. Lopez filed suit against PRRC Inc., doing business as Price Rite of New Britain, on Jan. 4 seeking reimbursement for his medical costs, which include ambulance transport, emergency hospital care, medical care, prescriptions and diagnostic tests, as well as compensation for lost work time and quality of life, according to the news report.