It's something we've seen throughout the years - comedic references and comic strips that depict a person falling after stepping on a banana peel. It's one of those images that even Mythbusters has worked on, finding out that a few hundred banana peels are indeed slippery.

Ida Valentine of California has also discovered how slick those peels can be. While visiting a 99 cent store last April, she took a spill onto her backside and is now suing the company over the incident.

She said that she suffered a herniated disk and tissue damage, spent $9,000 on medical bills and is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

It's a story and an accident that has been seen over and over for centuries:

The image in popular culture of an unwary pedestrian tripping head over heels on a banana peel stems from the late 19th century, when bananas were a popular street food in American cities and the press portrayed them as a public nuisance. In 1879, Harper's Weekly groused that "whosoever throws banana skins on the sidewalk does a great unkindness to the public, and is quite likely to be responsible for a broken limb."

I just have to wonder, was this woman watching where she was walking? Surely she would have seen a banana peel on the floor. I also have to wonder about who would be eating a banana in the store and merely drop it for someone to step on. Perhaps that individual should be sued as well? Moreover, Could it have been Valentine herself who dropped the peel? Something smells fruity here...

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