Tatyana Granada allegedly tried to shoplift from the Oakridge Centre Co-op grocery store in Calgary, Canada, in 2010 — so the store banned her for life. That’s when the now-47-year-old native of Latvia decided to get revenge.
Her idea of revenge was to sneak back into the store and slip pins, needles and nails into various food items for sale there. She sabotaged bread, pastries and other items. While, luckily, no one was seriously injured, the tampering incident caused widespread panic in Calgary.
But Tatyana Granada was caught and sent to prison for three years.
Now she is out and she’s got another move planned. Tatyana Granada is suing the same store that she sabotaged, and where she could have killed or seriously hurt totally innocent people.
She alleges that the shame and dishonor cast upon her family by the store left her husband so depressed that he took his own life. Granada says that the food co-op is the reason she can’t get a job, and she is suffering the emotional distress of being a widow attempting to raise two children with no source of income.
Tatyana Granada wants the store to hand her $8 million.
When she was convicted of the frightening food sabotage spree in 2012, a court-ordered psychiatric screening found that Tatyana Granada exhibited traits of narcissistic personality disorder. The psychiatrists said that she felt no remorse over potentially killing or seriously injuring unsuspecting shoppers just buying food for the family table.
The store says that it hasn’t been served with any papers in the prospective Tatyana Granada lawsuit. Legal experts say her suit has little chance of moving forward in any case.
“Fortunately, there are shortcuts that wrongfully sued defendants can take to have baseless lawsuits struck before they have to spend money going to trial,” attorney Clint Suntjens says. “The courts are equal access to everybody, and as long as you have the filing fee you can file anything you like. It doesn’t mean the case is going to be proven against the person you sued, and it doesn’t even mean the person has done anything against the law or wrong.”
Granada’s legal filing says she plans to act as her own lawyer, and that she is “ready to discuss an out-of-court settlement with a preliminary compensation for the caused harm. It could be based in a humanitarian principle without a public disclosure.”
Tatyana Granada is still on parole from her food tampering conviction.