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Friday, May 23, 2008

Man discriminated against for being a wimp?

Martin Mustapha, the Windsor man whose lawsuit against Culligan of Canada for $341 000 was thrown out yesterday by the Supreme Court of Canada, claims he is being discriminated against because he is "less robust". He was seeking the judgement to compensate him for "debilitating psychological injury" incurred after he found a dead fly in his bottled water.
Mr. Mustapha said the decision discriminates against the psychologically vulnerable by reinforcing a "get-a-life" attitude that he encountered throughout his legal battle.
"I simply don't believe justice has been served," he said. "This discriminates against people who are less robust in fortitude." To this day, he said, he still has a phobia of water and the thought of drinking it makes him nauseous.

Discrimination against people less robust in fortitude? Oh for crying out loud. The Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms (section 15) recognizes the following criteria worthy of the state's protection from discrimination:
Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

Mr. Mustapha may be able to make the case that he is being roughed up by the jackbooted agents of the state because he suffers from a mental disability, but in this case wouldn't this be easily remedied by, oh, I don't know - growing a pair?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This pansy-ass has obviously never been to a weiner roast while camping or ate anything at a carnival if he is THAT turned off by a fly.

It sort of makes a guy want to just go push him around & publically bully him just for fun actually.