Woman Caught "Faking" Slip-And-Fall At Florida Grocery Store

Step 1) Locate olive oil aisle.

Step 2) Attempt to open olive oil. Fail.

Step 3) Come back in a few minutes.

Step 4) Open a new bottle of olive oil, pour it on the floor.

Step 5) Come back in a few minutes. Pretend to fall.

You guys can fill in the rest of the steps, just make sure to include “wait for paramedics.”

Surveillance Camera Captures ‘Slip-N-Fall’ Scam [WCBS]

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  1. SOhp101 says:

    Yeah I saw this in the news last night. Thank God for surveillance cameras.

  2. Jaysyn was banned for: http://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    I’m glad she didn’t get away with this. Food prices are rising too fast to have to add fake lawsuits to the cost sheet.

  3. Sherryness says:

    I used to work in the Risk Management department of a major Super Market chain. This included both workers’ risk and customers’ risk. And “staged” incidents are, unfortunately, common and happen a few times a year. Security camera tapes are ALWAYS reviewed in each case, along with questioning of co-workers, nearby potential witnesses, etc. It eliminates a lot of fake claims. I’m surprised this particular slip and fall is news – it happens all the time, sadly.

  4. Toof_75_75 says:

    How about rather then trying to be a cheating bastard, this lady should maybe consider getting a job and working like the rest of us have to. I hate people like this…

  5. shoegazer says:

    OMGWTFBBQ… hilarious. It’s actually very hard to fake an accidental “slip” convincingly (as the guy said, fall backwards not forwards).

    Bad consumer! This is why multinationals hate us!

  6. homerjay says:

    How stupid do you have to be to NOT realize that cameras are EVERYWHERE? If you’re gonna fake it put some effort into it. Bust a hip on the way down or something.

  7. gorckat says:

    That’d suck…fake a slip so well that you do bust your hip, then have the insurance claim denied since it was self-inflicted during an act of attempted fraud.

  8. DashTheHand says:

    Or at least have an accomplice. Like some jerkwad kid that comes by and “knocks” a bunch of olive oil off the shelf.

  9. gondaba says:

    I could see this working a lot better with a second person to spill the olive oil. That, combined with a convincing backwards fall, is sure to win a lawsuit or two.

  10. bravo369 says:

    My mom helped out a restaurant that was sued for the same thing. A woman was suing the restaurant because she said she slipped on ice or something by the entrance. Well my mom had just parked and was walking towards the door and saw the woman slowly and intentionally get on all fours and then throw herself on her back. Restaurant didn’t have security cameras so if my mom didn’t testify then who knows how it would have turned out.

  11. acambras says:

    Again, I’m confused — I thought Step 1 was “cut a hole in the box…”

  12. Meg Marco says:

    @acambras: I’d like to see this turned into a music video, wouldn’t you?

  13. Yep says:

    Despicable is the word that comes to mind.

  14. Toof_75_75 says:

    @acambras: @meghannmarco:

    HAHA Classic!

  15. Red_Eye says:

    I hope she gets like 400 hours community service since in the end she was trying to hurt everyone with her selfish lazy act.

  16. dbeahn says:

    @Sherryness: I think it’s news because it’s so blatant, and so clearly caught on the tape.

    Really funny stuff. “Oh, I slipped. And slipped again while you were trying to help me up….”

  17. TimSPC says:

    They shouldn’t have told her. They should have let the woman sue her and played the video for her for the first time at the trial. I’d would have loved to see the look on her face as she saw the video for the first time.

  18. aro says:

    i bet this was the same woman that used her kids to steal from walmart

  19. adrock75 says:

    It’s gonna be awesome when she gets the ambulance / hospital bill.

  20. JuliusJefferson says:

    @TimSPC:

    And leave her with the attorney fees… HA!

  21. gibsonic says:

    you mean everyone doesn’t use their kids to steal from walmart?!? **looks around awkwardly**

  22. Peeved Guy says:

    @TimSPC: Only if they immediately filed a counter-suit for legal fees and then have the appropriate law enforcement agent arrest her for fraud.

    Uppercut, uppercut! Knockout!

  23. timmus says:

    The only thing that bothers me is this is squarely (1) pro-business, (2) anti-litigation, and (3) the subject is fat and black. It’s the type of clip my most conservative relatives would jump for joy to see. No wonder the media is all over this. Yes, her actions are reprehensible, but in the grand scheme of things, this is much tinier and less damaging than, say, corruption of county commissioners or some giant company sodomizing people for false bills and noncancellation of accounts. Priorities.

  24. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    @Red_Eye: I hope as part of her punishment they make her really slip on oil. Then have everyone in the courtroom point and laugh Nelson style HA HA!!

  25. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    @timmus: Ok so there is no reason to say anything about her race, she is scum no matter what race she is.

  26. Dr.Ph0bius says:

    Timmus, I agree… but on the same hand, we cant always complain about the “big, bad corporations” and pretend there arent consumers out there who want to take advantage of the system as well.

    But really, I do hear you, and I think that the conservative relatives you speak of (I have them too) dont need this to feel the way they do, and if this had never happened, they would still feel the same way. Sadly…

  27. mrmysterious says:

    “Hellllooo Captain Obvious.”

    I can’t believe the news anchor said that!

  28. acambras says:

    @meghannmarco:

    You think we could get Justin Timberlake involved? I fear he may be too busy bringin’ sexy back.

  29. chimmike says:

    I really want to know her name. I handle claims for a public entity in that area and I’d really like to know if we’ve come across her name before…..

  30. bluemeep says:

    That’s not a fall. That’s called “slowly getting on your knees.”

  31. j-o-h-n says:

    That’s not falling, that’s frauding with style!

  32. Meg Marco says:

    @acambras: First reader to rewrite and perform this story as a music video (ala Timberlake) wins… nothing but I’ll probably post it.

  33. steinwaytony says:

    Step 6) PROFIT

  34. hypnotik_jello says:

    A scammer is born every minute

  35. Sam Glover says:

    @meghannmarco: Music video MUST include “HELLOOOO Captain Obvious”

  36. Sonnymooks says:

    @timmus:

    You realize your the first person who mentioned her race?

  37. AnnieGetYourFun says:

    Just because he’s the first to mention it doesn’t mean that other people weren’t secretly thinking about it.

  38. MaximuM_MayheM says:

    I think you missed a step:

    Step x)?????

  39. Sonnymooks says:

    @AnnieGetYourFun:

    Or maybe they weren’t thinking it, and he was the first to notice it.

    That said, before I went to the link, I read the comments first, so I honestly didn’t know her race until I saw him note it, which kind of disturbed me.

  40. bbbici says:

    she should at least have to pay for the olive oil.

  41. acambras says:

    @meghannmarco:

    Can we title it: “Soft Corn Porn and Olive Oil Shenanigans” ?

  42. homerjay says:

    @timmus: Did you REALLY just turn this into a race issue? Jeez, even Ibelli wouldn’t have taken it that far.

  43. vanilla-fro says:

    Did we really need to bring up the fact that she’s fat too?

    Like it matters what she is, she tried to collect some money for nuthin’ and it didn’t work. Now she’ll have to pay for all her fake meds.

    Or will she sue them for taking this to the media and then sue the news channel for showing it? Bet she tries. she needs that money for the food.

  44. vanilla-fro says:

    Did we have to bring up the fact that she is fat??
    It doesn’t matter if this lady was white as a sheet, dark as wesley snipes, or brown as apu….she is a scum bag that was trying to get money for nothing. I’m glad they got her on tape.

    Will she sue them for handing it over to the media or maybe sue the news channel? she may try, I’ll have to keep my eye on this one.

  45. vanilla-fro says:

    @me: damn it took a while for that first one to pop up.

  46. JayXJ says:

    @aro:

    I used to work loss prevention in stores and at a mall. You would not believe how common that is getting.

  47. Youthier says:

    I wish I could hear what she said on that cell phone call before her “fall”. “Let me call you back, I have to go take a dive in some olive oil… No, I’ll call you right back.”

  48. TimSPC says:

    @Peeved Guy: Legal fees, smegal fees. I wouldn’t even hire a lawyer. I’d just play the tape in court and rest my case.

  49. straddy says:

    Yeah, so I’ve seen that done before, sort of. Used to work at a grocery store. Stocking soda, heard a woman scream “Help”, and I go to the next aisle to see a woman in her mid-fifties stuck in a running lunge because her flipflopped foot had found its way into a puddle of laundry detergent. I don’t think she faked it though, at all. Me and some fire fighters that were doing their grocery shop helped her stand up.
    I had to file a witness report that said it was an accident, which my manager didn’t like.
    But, hey, I’m not gonna lie for a company that pays me 6.75 an hour to haul pounds of crap all day. Don’t leave laundry detergent in the middle of the aisle, duh.

  50. rdm7234 says:

    I’m just curious about the medical expenses. They should this woman getting carried out by a gurney, no?

    If they took her to a hospital or clinic, they should sue her for this kid of fraud.

    The store may have spared itself a costly lawsuit, but the medical care she recieved no doubt costs ALL OF US thousands.

  51. dohtem says:

    @homerjay: @Nemesis_Enforcer: @Sonnymooks: If I understood Timmus correctly, he has no issues with her race. He is merely arguing this is a very common occurrence and it should not be news. One of the reasons the media jumped on this is because of the woman race.

    Timmus, care to clear the air? Or am I wrong?

  52. zaka says:

    @AdRock75: Excellent point. Those ambulience bills will easily run her $1,200, and I can only imagine what the hospital visit will cost. If not for the sleazy, litigious intentions which I assume exist here, I would feel bad for her. My guess is that she is so strapped for cash that she probably doesn’t have medical insurance.

  53. homerjay says:

    @dohtem: Are you sure it wasn’t because they were handed a video? I mean, I know this happens a lot, but does it happen LIKE THIS a lot where the woman doesn’t even TRY to avoid being caught?

  54. Trick says:

    @timmus:

    The only thing that bothers me is this is squarely (1) pro-business, (2) anti-litigation, and (3) the subject is fat and black. It’s the type of clip my most conservative relatives would jump for joy to see. No wonder the media is all over this. Yes, her actions are reprehensible, but in the grand scheme of things, this is much tinier and less damaging than, say, corruption of county commissioners or some giant company sodomizing people for false bills and noncancellation of accounts. Priorities.

    Oh I noticed the black lady’s race right away. I saw a big fat black lady who was trying to rip off a store. If the big fat lady was white or brown I would have noticed a big fat white/brown lady trying to rip off a store.

    Just because you are black doesn’t make you immune from your actions or change the 100% fact that this person was trying to rip off the store. This person should be held accountable for her actions regardless of her color.

    In stead of playing the tired old race card. Why don’t you use the newer cop-outs like if there were better paying jobs, people wouldn’t have to steal.

    Or how about this just goes to show how out-of-touch the corporate stores are. They spend $30,000 on security instead of giving it to the poor, forcing them to do these types of scams?

    Yep, that one works for me too!

  55. lil_spastic says:

    I worked for a grocery store all through high school (late ’80s before surveillance cameras were common place) and we kept a Polaroid camera in the office. The office assistant or manager on duty was under the directive to make sure that pictures of the soles of the shoes were taken of any ‘slip and fall victim’.

  56. superbmtsub says:

    This could make it on America’s Dumbest Videos hahahaha!

  57. this definitely gives extra virgin olive oil a bad name for the next few years

    for shame clumsy felon…FOR SHAME!

  58. bombaxstar says:

    lol what a dumb bitch

  59. shades_of_blue says:

    Too bad they don’t have a “I’m a conartist caught on camera” sign for her to wear.

  60. strathmeyer says:

    Am I the only one who noticed how intelligent and articulate that store manager was? Give that man a promotion!

  61. Saboth says:

    @Red_Eye:

    Actually she should have to pay the 2 million dollars she would have tried to have gotten from the store. Same goes for other false accusations in our society. If you want to falsely bring charges against someone, you should receive the penalty they would have gotten. Might discourage some of these false rape accusations, people spilling coffee on themselves, etc.

  62. Matthew says:

    @Saboth: Something tells me you’d have a hard time collecting that bill.

  63. Msgundam84 says:

    This woman should get the death penalty. Seriously.

  64. boughy says:

    I think they should make her pay for the Olive Oil and then give her the injury that she would have gotten for the fall if it really happened.

    If that is too mean make her wear a sandwich board saying how she tried to scam the store and pull an eight hour shift in front of that store. May be the first eight hour shift she would work.

    Mmmmmmm, sandwich.

  65. acambras says:

    @Msgundam84:

    This woman should get the death penalty. Seriously.

    That’s an over-the-top, asinine idea. Seriously.

  66. sharki3232 says:

    I’ve seen more convincing prat falls in a Three Stooges short.

  67. joemono says:

    Would calling this woman a cunt get me banned from this site?

  68. rlue says:

    @timmus:

    America’s love affair with lawsuits are part of what make it so awfully dysfunctional. People are ready to sue for anything, and if it didn’t work so damn often, people wouldn’t try their hands at scams as pathetic as this one. I guarantee this woman gets her daily dose of Judge Judy.

    Believe it or not, there are negative consequences when an entire country adopts litigation as an effective solution to so many of its problems. Why is healthcare so expensive in the United States? For a lot of reasons, but you can be sure that the high cost of malpractice insurance is one of them. This report may come off as misguided effort, but it’s a significant social commentary that warrants the news just as much as corporate exploitation. Believe it or not, poor people can be just as culpable as rich people.