Ambrose v. National Foods Discount – Case Brief Summary (Virgin Islands)

In Ambrose v. National Foods Discount, 42 V.I. 229 (D.V.I. 2000), the plaintiff was familiar with the defendant grocery store's practice of stacking boxes in its aisles so that it would not have to hire regular stock clerks and consequently, could pass on the savings from its lower operating expenses to its customers. Id. at 232.

The trial court granted summary judgment where it found the boxes in defendant's aisle to be a known or obvious danger to the plaintiff who was familiar with the store (and its practice of stacking boxes in the aisles).

The plaintiff in Ambrose successfully walked past the boxes three times before tripping on one of the boxes the fourth time. Id.