Astros fan sues for $1 million after breaking finger in T-shirt gun mishap

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Houston Astros mascot Orbit often engages in hijinks, but they’ve rarely been the type that could cost the team a nice chunk of change. A woman is suing the Astros after claiming a T-shirt gun fired by Orbit broke her finger, according to KHOU 11.

The incident took place during a July game in the 2018 season. The woman was attending the game with her family when Orbit fired multiple T-shirts into the crowd. One reportedly hit the woman in the finger with enough force to fracture it.

The woman is suing the team for $1 million. That will cover two surgeries, pain, mental anguish and loss of earnings, according to KHOU 11.

In the suit, the team is accused of being negligent with the T-shirt gun. The lawsuit claims those operating the gun were not properly trained, and that the Astros did not warn fans about the T-shirt gun.

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A woman sued the Astros after breaking her finger in a t-shirt gun mishap. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

It’s not the first time a fan has attempted to sue after being injured by an errant item at a baseball game. The Chicago White Sox were sued by a fan who was injured while going after a T-shirt fired from a T-shirt gun. The Kansas City Royals were sued by a fan who was injured by a flying hotdog thrown by a mascot.

The Royals won their lawsuit. The White Sox settled with the fan.

It’s unclear what the outcome will be with the Astros. But until things get sorted out, Orbit might be temporarily suspended from using the T-shirt gun just to be safe.


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