They aren’t going to get a medal Asanta.
When a ship loses a passenger or crew member overboard- it’s bad.
People don’t just fall off of big boats. They are either trying to commit suicide, or they are involved in an accident.
I’m sure there are witnesses to the bartenders negligent dispensation of booze to a poor, unwitting girl who’s a guest
on a large boat that qualifies as unfamiliar and dangerous territory for her.
Getting people drunk in unfamiliar, dangerous situations is irresponsible. A ships steward or medical officer should have been sent to escort her
completely to a safe area for detox. A ship’s Captain should never let crew members or passengers wander around willy-nilly, drunk off
their asses. There’s way too many dangerous conditions.
This is exactly the sort of attitude that breeds these frivolous lawsuits and precisely the thing that caused me to title this thread the way I did. Absolutely NO ONE forced this woman to drink. She is an adult not a 10 year old child. She also had friends with her. People go on these cruises to have a good time and often drink excessively as part of the fun. Its not the bartenders duty to play mommy to the people he is selling drinks to while at the same time trying to do his job in a busy noisy atmosphere. People need to take responsibility for their own actions. She went there to drink and thats exactly what she did. Her friends who claim to be outraged, stood right next to her and watched her drink and participated in the activity and did nothing. She isn;‘t suing them though.
They are blaming the cruise ship company for two reasons only. She is embarrassed. It feels good to put the blame on someone other than yourself and not have to take responsibility for your own stupidity, and the cruise ship company has deep pockets which means there is a big potential payday.
One other comment in regards to an earlier statement you made that she was too drunk to make a good decision. The law actually states that you are not absolved of responsibility for stupid decisions you make when you are drunk. If you drink and then kill someone you do not get a pass. Why should this person get a pass because the person she hurt when she was drunk was herself? I think its also a dishonest exaggeration that someone who is drunk cant make good decisions. Saying “I was drunk and didn’t know any better” is a crutch. While alcohol reduces inhibitions it does NOT remove the ability to know right from wrong. Someone who is getting drunk knows perfectly well that drinking more will make them more drunk and also knows that getting drunk can result in loss of coordination and increases the chance of injury.
No one forced her to drink. She made a bad decision. She knew exactly what she was doing and did it anyway. She then made another bad decision and did something dangerous causing her to fall off the ship. The only people who made good decisions here were the crew of the ship who turned the ship around and miraculously found a small person in a huge ocean and saved her life. Now the people who will be punished if they win this lawsuit are the ones who made good decisions and the one who will be rewarded is the one who made nothing but bad decisions. Rewarding this sort of behavior is why we have a society of people who no longer take responsibility for themselves and their actions.