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Girls ordered to pay $900 for giving cookies to neighbor

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LoKyBuckeye

I give up. This board is too hard to understand.
Updated: 08:07 AM EST
Gift of Cookies Crumbles; Girls Told to Pay $900

DURANGO, Colo. (Feb. 4) - A Colorado judge ordered two teen-age girls to pay about $900 for the distress a neighbor said they caused by giving her home-made cookies adorned with paper hearts.

The pair were ordered to pay $871.70 plus $39 in court costs after neighbor Wanita Renea Young, 49, filed a lawsuit complaining that the unsolicited cookies, left at her house after the girls knocked on her door, had triggered an anxiety attack that sent her to the hospital the next day.

Taylor Ostergaard, then 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitte, 18, paid the judgment on Thursday after a small claims court ruling by La Plata County Court Judge Doug Walker, a court clerk said on Friday.

The girls baked cookies as a surprise for several of their rural Colorado neighbors on July 31 and dropped off small batches on their porches, accompanied by red or pink paper hearts and the message: "Have a great night."

The Denver Post newspaper reported on Friday that the girls had decided to stay home and bake the cookies rather than go to a dance where there might be cursing and drinking.

It reported that six neighbors wrote letters entered as evidence in the case thanking the girls for the cookies.

But Young said she was frightened because the two had knocked on her door at about 10:30 p.m. and run off after leaving the cookies.

She went to a hospital emergency room the next day, fearing that she had suffered a heart attack, court records said.

The judge awarded Young her medical costs, but did not award punitive damages. He said he did not think the girls had acted maliciously but that 10:30 was fairly late at night for them to be out.


02-05-05 08:13 EST
 

JohnnyCockfight

Beer is God's proof that he loves us.
The article I read in the paper this morning had a little more information (though not exhaustive I'm sure, which is the entire problem) that indicated the girls were a little more naughty than this abbreviated version suggests.

1. For instance, these people are in a rural area, where people don't wait until 10:30 at night to knock on their neighbors doors.

2. The woman called out several times "who's there?" but the girls didn't say a word. They claimed they wanted their package to be a surprise that way. This is the most telling fact--it doesn't make sense that the girls wouldn't calm this woman's fears if they were truly in a gift-giving spirit. It's still going to surprise the woman if they tell her who it is.

3. The family of the girls admitted that the girls acted wrongly and offered to pay the medical bills.

4. The woman refused this gesture because the apology from the girls didn't seem sincere, like they were mocking her.

Why is this even an article that's getting picked up all over the country? It's only $900. The press really puts out a quality product.
 
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methomps

an imbecility, a stupidity without name
OMG! I choked on a sandwich I was eating when I read this story! I am gonna sue that old woman because her story made me almost choke and now I think I need to go to the emergency room and get myself tested! That $900 will be mine!

Now that I think about it. That old lady should've sued Kobe, too. She could say that the whole alleged rape incident made her fearful that Kobe wanted to get her. That could get her some dough.
 
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