District Heights Man Banana Peel Ploy (Demo)

District Heights man Maurice Owens  tried to fake a banana peel fall so he could sue Metro.  A surveillance video from the elevator tells the real story. I saw the August 8th video and have included it for your viewing pleasure.  Please know that this idiotic stunt has made national news.  Maurice Owens was on the elevator at the Orange/Blue Line’s Potomac Avenue metro stop.  He gets on the elevator and the clear floor can clearly be seen.  As Owens exits, SUDDENLY a banana peel appears.  Not a slippery spill, not some dark oil, but a nice bright banana peel.  Owens tried to sue Metro for $15,000 but the case was thrown out.  Umph.  Check the Washington Post Story: “Toward the end of the video, as the elevator doors open, Owens can be seen flipping something onto the floor behind him. According to a Metro Transit Police report, “this object was later identified as a banana peel.” In a dramatic gesture, Owens falls to the ground — half his body inside the elevator, half outside. Owens reported his injuries to the station manager, Metro Transit Police was called and Owens was taken to Howard University Hospital for treatment.
banana peel signAbout two weeks later, Owens filed his claim against Metro.“  What you will see in the camera footage is that the elevator, just prior to Mr. Owens boarding, shows there’s nothing on the floor,” Stessel said. “He is then seen with what appears to be a banana peel in his hand, looking in the direction of the camera,” Stessel said.  “An object can be seen on the ground, and then when the elevator doors open, he steps on the object, thrusts himself forward and falls out of the elevator.”  In an interview with Metro officials, Owens had reportedly asked why a custodian for the station had “not cleaned up the banana peel prior to his entering the elevator,” according to the police report.  Owens did not return a message left Tuesday at his home.


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