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Golfers' lawsuit claims tainted cooler made them sick

CLEARWATER — Three Pinellas County golfers drank from a water cooler filled with urine and feces last summer. Now they are suing Countryside Country Club, which provided the cooler, and the club's parent company, ClubCorp, Inc.

According to the suit, which was filed Friday in Pinellas Circuit Court, Chris, Greg and John Tischner were on the eighth hole of the Pine golf course on July 18, 2009, when they stopped for water.

Chris Tischner drank three to four, 4-oz. paper cups of the water. Greg Tischner drank one. John Tischner poured some in a container partially filled with a sports drink.

Greg Tischner noticed an unnatural taste, opened the unlocked cooler and discovered urine and feces in the container. The suit said a Clearwater police officer who arrived on the scene confirmed the presence of urine and feces.

Chris Tischner immediately vomited. All of the men became ill. Chris Tischner developed a rash, experienced fatigue and had trouble sleeping. John Tischner developed a fever and chills. Greg Tischner also had a fever and nausea, according to the suit.

The Tischners say the club had experienced a spate of vandalism and did nothing to protect them and others. They are seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

Golfers' lawsuit claims tainted cooler made them sick 03/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 26, 2010 7:10pm]
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