Suing For Cookies



  • <FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #efefef">This has to be one of the most rediculous lawsuits I've ever seen. This should say a lot, especially since I don't consider that McDonalds-hot-coffee lawsuit frivilous.</FONT>

    DURANGO, Colorado (AP) -- Two teenage girls who surprised their neighbors with homemade cookies late one night were ordered to pay nearly $900 in medical bills for a woman who says she was so startled that she had to go to the hospital.

    Judge Doug Walker declined Thursday to award punitive damages, saying he did not believe the girls acted maliciously.

    Taylor Ostergaard, 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitti, 18, baked the chocolate chip and sugar cookies one night last July.

    They made packages with a half-dozen cookies each and added large red or pink construction-paper hearts that carried the message, "Have a great night."

    The notes were signed with their first initials: "Love, The T and L Club."

    Then they set off to make their deliveries.

    Wanita Renea Young, 49, said she was at her rural home south of Durango around 10:30 p.m. when she said saw "shadowy figures" outside the house banging repeatedly on her door.

    She yelled, "Who's there?" but no one answered, and the figures ran away.

    Frightened, she spent the night at her sister's home, then went to the hospital the next morning because she was still shaking and had an upset stomach.

    The teenagers' families offered to pay Young's medical bills, but she declined and sued, saying their apologies were not sincere and were not offered in person.

    The girls declined comment after the ruling. Taylor's mother said the girl "cried and cried."

    "She felt she was being punished for doing something nice," Jill Ostergaard said.

    Young said the teenagers showed "very poor judgment"

    "The victory wasn't sweet," Young said. "I'm not gloating about it. I just hope the girls learned a lesson."

    The teens said they did not answer when the woman called out because they wanted the treats to be a surprise.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/02/04/costly.cookies.ap/index.html



  • @Alex Papadimoulis said:

    Frightened, she spent the night at her
    sister's home, then went to the hospital the next morning because she
    was still shaking and had an upset stomach.



    The teenagers' families offered to pay Young's medical bills, but she
    declined and sued, saying their apologies were not sincere and were not
    offered in person.
    Sad to say, but wished she had upset herself
    to death so we'd have one less grouch in this world.



  • @Alex Papadimoulis said:

    The
    teenagers' families offered to pay Young's medical bills, but she
    declined and sued, saying their apologies were not sincere and were not
    offered in person.




    So, let me get this right.. they offered to pay the medical bills, but she refused, and then sued them... for the medical bills.



    Can you even sue a minor?



  • One of them was 19, the other 17. They weren't very little girls...



    Besides, they should be punished because do you know how many calories
    are in cookies? They tried to turn that woman into a blimp... You know,
    huge with fat. And did they put a note in that package telling exactly
    what ingredients were in it? Have these cookies been tested by the Food
    and Health administration?



    No, these girls have been very bad girls...[:P]



  • lol



    I feel tempted to ask if you're a bad girl Katja, but I wont...



  • @Katja said:

    No, these girls have been very bad girls
    You were the lawyer for Ms Young, weren't you?



  • lol



  • Another reason why I love how some Americans think.



    A line from my fave (migrant) American group: Where is the Love?



  • I'm not bad. I just behave that way... [6]


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