Toilet Seat Guy May Have Made Similar Claims

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A man suing The Home Depot over a toilet seat allegedly covered with glue is being identified as the same man who made a similar allegation more than a year ago, about a toilet in his own hometown.

But the man's lawyer is denying he ever made such a claim.

Fifty-seven-year-old Bob Dougherty (DOHR'-uh-tee) filed a three-(m)-million-dollar lawsuit against the world's largest home improvement chain last month. The suit alleges he suffered pain, humiliation and financial loss when workers at a local store ignored his cries for help.

Nederland's former director of operations, Ron Trzepacz (TREE'-pak), tells the Rocky Mountain News that Dougherty came to him with a similar report in the summer of 2004 -- but that the man had pulled himself free from the toilet at a visitors' center.

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Dougherty's attorney says Trzepacz's claim "doesn't make any sense."

The Home Depot is headquartered in Atlanta, and describes itself as the second-largest retailer in the country -- with sales of more than 73 (b) billion dollars during fiscal year 2004.

The company has nearly two-thousand stores and 325-thousand employees across the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada.