When Fran was about to enter a taxi cab, her hair suddenly stood up as if she had seen a mouse.
Actually, the vermin turned out to be her husband, George.
"Don't let him the cab," Fran frantically pleaded with the taxi driver. "He's threatening to break my neck."
Half-smiling, the cab driver assumed, erroneously, that Fran was just being hysterical. Instead of breaking her neck, however, George merely wrenched it out of whack ... as he entered the cab unopposed ... while also breaking her arm. As for the black eyes he gave her, they were inconsequential considering the three front teeth he managed to knock out as well.
In due course, Fran sued the cab company for her injuries.
"After my pleading with the cab driver not to let my husband into the cab," Fran said, "he should have abided by my pleas."
"Our drivers are told not to get involved with family disputes," responded the attorney for the cab company. "They are not family counselors. Most of them can't even solve their own family problems!"
IF YOU WERE THE JUDGE ...
Would you make the cab company pay Fran for her injuries?
THIS IS HOW THE JUDGE RULED ...
The judge held that the cab company, like all other common carriers, must exercise care to protect it's passengers from the misconduct of other passengers.
Based on a 1954 Kansas Supreme Court decision.