Judge Blasts Kids For Suing Mom Over Birthday Card
From the sound of it, two spoiled, privileged-as-hell upper class twits and their father, who apparently has too much money and time on his hands, have been killing time the last two years in a lawsuit against the kids' mom for what basically amounted to 'Bad Mothering'.
"Did she beat them?" one might ask. "Was she cruel? Emotionally abusive? Neglectful?"
Well, I guess that depends on your definition of cruel. Among the charges lodged against Kimberly Garrity were:
...failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, “haggling” over the amount to spend on party dresses, and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.
My personal favorite one is the charge from her son who suffered great emotional distress because she sent him a birthday card but 'neglected' to include a check or any cash. Nor did she ever send the poor suffering dear any care packages while he was away at colleges.
Pardon me whilst I grab my smelling salts.
On the front of the American Greetings card is a picture of tomatoes spread across a table that are indistinguishable except for one in the middle with craft-store googly eyes attached.Granted, that's a pretty cheesy card. I groaned when I read it. Googly eyed Tomatoes? Puh-lease. That being said though, I would hardly call this a trauma requiring $50K in compensation. Fortunately, the judge in this case called it for what it appears to be.. bullshit. This is one of those cases I would have loved to see go in front of Judge Judy - is she even still on the air?
“Son I got you this Birthday card because it's just like you . . . different from all the rest!" the card reads. On the inside Garrity wrote "Have a great day! Love & Hugs, Mom xoxoxo.”
I'm pretty sure Judge Judy would have tore a strip off these kids and their lawyer dad (Oh, that's right.. Mom has to pay her own legal fees to fight this, but the kiddies get Daddy all pro bono and such) and made them wear it as a scarf.
|I like to pretend she's flipping the bird here. Source|
- I take great issue with parents who use their kids as props in their revenge scenarios during and after a divorce.
- Second, I hate the hell out of people who try to frame not getting every damn thing their own little way as 'abuse' or 'neglect'.
Seriously. Now, to play devil's advocate, I realize there are two sides to every story and Garrity may possibly be the mother from hell.. but it would stand to reason that if she really were some horrible, neglectful, cruel parent and the kids were going to go so far as to bring a lawsuit against her, if they were going to go that far I would think they'd have something more compelling to bring to the table than 'OMG.. she bought me a CARD, the BITCH'.
It degrades and devalues the claims of people who really have gone through hell and back with abusive parents. These kids need a little more exposure to what shitty parenting is really like. Maybe a googly eyed tomato and a midnight call to the school dance wouldn't seem so bad.