Friday, April 22, 2005
Man who coined beeping noise at grocery stores sues for millions
That familiar beeping noise that scanners make at grocery store checkouts is creating serious headaches for Albertsons and Safeway. According to a court filing, Alfred Appleton of Boise, Idaho patented the sound forty years ago. Alfred is suing the two grocery stores for $1.1B in punitive damages. "That noise is what makes so many people want to shop at their stores," Alfred claimed. The stores countersued Alfred, a spokesperson for both companies said, "Alfred is smoking crack. That noise is really annoying. Hundreds of employees have gone on medical leave claiming that sound caused them mental anxiety."