New York Passenger Lawsuit Alleges Corn Hole Not Slippery – Jeffrey J. Makuch, 66, from Buffalo, New York, says he took a cruise on Spirit Cruises LLC of Chicago, Illinois, cruise ship Spirit of Norfolk, while it was docked near Town Point Park in Norfolk on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
Makuch alleges he fell while playing the cornhole game (see similar cornhole game play video below). The lawsuit said Makuch picked up a beanbag and attempted to throw it. In the process, his feet caught on the anti-skid decking and he fell. Makuch says the no-skid floor made it impossible for him to properly shift his weight while stepping to throw a beanbag.
The lawsuit (Makuch v. Spirit Cruises LLC), filed in federal court on May 31, 2018, nearly two years after the alleged injury, seeks $373,456 in damages, plus court costs and interest. The lawsuit accuses the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship of inappropriately using no-skid flooring on a part of the ship where cruisers play the game cornhole.
Editor Note: On July 08, 2018, Jeffrey J. Makuch passed away, 31 days after the lawsuit was filed. Services were at Pietszak Funeral Home 2400 William Street Cheektowaga, New York. The case has been added to Cruise Ship Deaths
Cornhole Game Explained
Cornhole or bean bag toss (also known regionally as baggo, bags, sack toss, or bean sack) is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn (or bean bags) at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a team or player reaches (or exceeds) the score of 21.
The modern game of cornhole, known more commonly as bean bags or just bags in the Chicago area was likely spread after an article on how to make the boards was published in Popular Mechanics magazine in September 1974. The game spread in Chicago, Illinois, and the Northwest region of Indiana in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
The west side of Cincinnati, Ohio, specifically Harrison, Ohio has been one of the main areas of modern resurgence and renewed popularity of the game. It is popular at tailgate events throughout the Midwest and has recently become a nationwide favorite, with national championships covered on ESPN.
Video:Kids love Cornhole bean bag toss on the NCL Jewel