Dad files suit against theater after son falls in restroom

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 2, 2008

Regardless of what was showing on the screen, a Beaumont child gave his experience at a local movie theater "two thumbs down."

While seeing a movie at the Tinseltown theaters, Randell Parquet III slipped and fell in the men's restroom. Randell Parquet Jr., has now filed a personal injury suit against the theater and its manager on behalf of his minor son.

The suit was filed May 30 in Jefferson County District Court against Cinemark USA doing business as Tinseltown Beaumont and Andrew S Bucdayan.

According to the plaintiff's original complaint, the younger Parquet was at the movie theater located at 3855 Interstate 10 South on May 31, 2006.

"Minor Plaintiff was in the men's restroom facility when he fell on a wet, liquid, slippery and clear substance that was on the floor," the suit states. "Defendant, by and through its employee(s) failed to warn customers, like Minor Plaintiff, of the dangerous condition, wet floor."

The plaintiffs claim that the defendants had a duty to protect Parquet from defects and/or dangerous conditions on the property, and that defendants are liable for Parquet's injuries because of negligence.

In addition, the suit alleges that the employees did not exercise reasonable care to reduce or eliminate the risk to customers like Parquet.

"Defendant's employee knew or should have known that the wet and slippery floor in the men's restroom created a risk to patrons like Minor Plaintiff Randell Parquet III," the suit states. "Defendant failed to warn patrons, like Randell Parquet III, of the hazards of the wet floor and failed to post 'wet floor' signs or warn patrons of the wet and slippery floor. Defendant's failure to use reasonable care proximately caused Plaintiff's injuries."

The suit alleges that as a result of the slippery floor, Parquet fell and suffered "severe personal injuries," including permanent bodily impairment, physical disfigurement, past and future physical pain and mental anguish and past and future medical expenses.

The plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages, interest, court costs and other relief.

Charlton P. Hornsby of Beaumont is representing the plaintiff.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Case No. D181-833

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