Lost photos of son prompt lawsuit

By Patsy Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Anna Kathryn Edwards’ loss of family photos puts Walgreens in her legal shutter-sights.
This week, Walgreens moved her Lee County lawsuit to federal court.
Edwards of Saltillo wants damages for the apparent loss of what she terms “precious, unique and special moments” of her son, Joe Savery Jr., captured in slides found 35 years after his accidental death.
Her lawsuit claims that her ex-husband, Joe Savery Sr., discovered the slides of their son, gave them to his daughter who then gave them to her mother.
Edwards wanted photographs made and on May 20 took the slides to Walgreens at Crosstown in Tupelo.
The business accepted the slides to develop the pictures. Five days later, she claims the wrong photos were in the packet when she retrieved them, but the correct slides were in the envelope.
So, she said, she gave them the slides again. Another five days later, she discovered the slides were gone and no pictures had been made from them.
She’s asking for actual and compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages for “severe emotional distress” and the loss of the slides, “which can never be replaced.”
In its answer to her lawsuit, Walgreens says every customer who brings in items to be processed by its photography service accepts a waiver on the customer photo claim check that indemnifies the company if their property is damaged or lost by them.
The agreement also states that the customer will be entitled only to replacement of an equivalent amount of exposed film plus processing.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com