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Woman sues Bon Ton store

September 28, 1998

A Smithsburg woman who alleges she was injured by a falling sale sign is suing The Bon Ton department store at Valley Mall for $100,000.

Ruby S. Ringquist, of 27 Maple Ave., said she visited the store on Oct. 25, 1995. While she was shopping, an employee moved a clothing rack on top of which was a metal frame sign. The sign fell from the rack and hit Ringquist on the right shoulder and arm, according to allegations in documents filed in Washington County Circuit Court.

"It was the duty of the defendant to assure that those display signs were safely maintained and secured so that they could not fall and strike shoppers," the suit alleges.

Ringquist's Hagerstown Attorney Arthur Schneider and Jan Ladnier, senior vice president of public relations for The Bon Ton, refused to comment on the suit.

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The suit alleges that Ringquist suffered severe pain, shock, mental anguish and permanent injury. She is asking the Bon-Ton, which is based in York, Pa., to pay all related medical bills.

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