Carnival Cruise Lines Sued By Hairy Florida Guy Over Burned Feet

Todd Rigney - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 8:41 p.m. ET

Carnival Cruise Lines is being sued by a fuzzy Florida resident after the guy burned his feet during a Hairy Man competition. According to the Miami New Times, Kurt Gies experienced some discomfort on the bottoms of his feet after allowing those in attendance to get a good look at just how hairy he really is. Instead of worldwide acclaim for his accomplishment, Gies ended up with what he describes as severe burns on his tender toes. Now, it would seem, he wants to be properly compensated for his anguish.

However, the public relations department for Carnival isn’t giving Gies the benefit of the doubt. Instead of taking the man at his word, the company investigated the allegations for themselves. According to them, nobody complained about burning feet while they were on-board the cruise ship.

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“Based on video of the contest … several guests, including the plaintiff, were barefoot and do not exhibit any signs of distress during the video,” spokesperson Vance Gulliksen wrote in an email to the Miami New Times. “Further, there is no record of any guest reporting to the ship’s medical center with burns to his or her feet.”

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Gies, meanwhile, is sticking by his story. While taking it all off during the Hairy Man Contest, Gies allegedly experienced “serious and permanent scarring, disfigurement, and embarrassment.” As a result, the furry gentleman is looking to collect some money for his woes.

Not surprisingly, this isn’t the only oddball lawsuit a cruise line company is contending with at the moment. According to Cruise Fever, P & O Cruises Australia is being slapped with a lawsuit by an angry customer who was referred to as a “cougar” during a singing contest.

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“I could not believe or understand how such a thing could happen,” the woman complained. “As a mother and a grandmother Rory’s actions were absolutely abhorrent for a man of his age and he should know better as a cruise entertainer.”

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Would you sue Carnival Cruise Lines if you burned your feet on the ship’s deck?


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