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Alleged trip on plastic tie prompts lawsuit against grocery store

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By John Breslin | Nov 26, 2019


BELLEVILLE - A company operating a grocery store in Shiloh faces a lawsuit linked to a customer allegedly tripping over a plastic tie left on a walkway at the premises.

The corporation that owns the Dierbergs store on North Green Mount Crossing is being sued by Washington County resident Mary Reed in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the suit, which was filed Nov. 13, Reed visited the store as a customer on May 1, 2019. Due to the fact that the plaintiff was lawfully in the store as a customer, the defendant had a duty to make sure the premises were safe, the complaint states.

"Defendant breached this duty by failing to remove a plastic tie from the walkways of the  premises, despite knowing of its presence or failing to exercise reasonable care to obtain such knowledge," the suit reads. "As a result of such failure, the premises was not in reasonable safe condition."

Reed states that while in the store she took all "reasonable care" but did not see the plastic tie on the floor prior to it tangling her feet and causing her to fall.

She claims to have been seriously injured, including that several teeth were knocked out.

"As a result of such injuries, Plaintiff has suffered pain and incurred expenses for treatment of such injuries and pain," the suit states. She is seeking more than $50,000.

Reed is represented by Joshua Schindler of the Schindler Law Firm in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 2019-L-797.

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