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    Nov 5, 2017, 07:16 PM
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    Sharon, a native of Alabama, was on her first visit to Canada. She had never experienced a Canadian winter until that January day when she arrived in Ottawa. She checked into one of the finer hotels in town and picked up a brochure from a rack in the hotel lobby. The brochure, produced by the municipal government’s tourist office, listed activities to do while in Ottawa. Skating on the Rideau Canal was a featured event. Inspired by the images of the skaters she had seen on television, Sharon asked the desk clerk for directions. The clerk, an avid skater, heartily recommended the canal. Sharon rented skates from Blades Galore Inc. The skates were a half size too big, but she wore an extra pair of socks. She had been on the ice for about ten minutes when she hit a rut and fell, breaking her ankle. Sharon sued the hotel for recommending the canal. She argued that the clerk should have known from her accent that she was from the Deep South and that she would have been a novice at skating. She also argued that the clerk did not warn her of the ice conditions. What liability does the hotel have? What other factors might change the outcome?
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    Nov 5, 2017, 07:25 PM
    Her being from Alabama had nothing to do with her being able to skate or not.

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    Nov 5, 2017, 08:25 PM
    I'm sure some lawyer could find a way to sue the hotel and possibly even win, but the hotel itself has absolutely no liablity. First, Sharon asked for directions to the canal at which point the clerk said that the canal was a great place to go skating. This scenario would be like you asking me directions to a restaruant in the area, I say I like that restaurant, you go and get food poisoning. You can't sue me because I told you I like the restaurant.

    Sharon also can't sue because she had no experince skating. The clerk had no way to know her level of expertise, and of course assumed she knew how to skate because she asked about skating. She alone knew her level of skating expertise and therefore she alone is responsible for going skating.

    As for ice conditions. Hello! It's skating! Did she think she was skating on kittens? Skating involves ice, and ice is slippery. Ice conditions go hand in hand with skating.

    Having said all that, good luck suing in Canada for something as silly as this. It may happen in the States but in Canada we expect people to be smart enough to not do things they're incapable of doing.
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    Nov 6, 2017, 07:38 AM
    What are your thoughts on the matter?

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