The owners of a popular dinner cruise ship are being sued by a customer who says the ship’s no-skid flooring worked too well.
The lawsuit in federal court accuses the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship in Virginia of inappropriately using no-skid flooring on a part of the ship where cruisers play the game cornhole.
The plaintiff, 66-year-old Jeffrey Makuch of New York, says he took a cruise on the ship in June 2016 and fell while playing cornhole, a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn (or bean bags) at a raised platform with a hole in the far end.
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He says the no-skid floor made it impossible for him to properly shift his weight while stepping to throw a beanbag.
According to The Virginian Pilot, he fell and suffered unspecified “severe and permanent injuries”.
The cruise ship owners have filed a reply denying that their flooring presents a risk.
The Virginian Pilot reports the lawsuit seeks roughly US$375,000 (AU$503,000) in damages.