Teens' kindness backfires when neighbor wins suit
Feb. 4, 2005 12:00 AM
DURANGO, Colo. - Two teenage girls trying to perform an act of kindness for their neighbors ended up being slapped with a medical bill for $900 after one neighbor suffered an anxiety attack when they knocked on her door at 10:30 at night delivering homemade cookies.
The incident began July 31 when the girls, Taylor Ostergaard, 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitti, 18, decided to skip a dance and stay home and bake cookies for their neighbors.
The deliveries consisted of a half dozen chocolate chip and sugar cookies accompanied by big hearts cut out of red or pink construction paper with the message: "Have a great night." The notes were signed, "Love, The T and L Club," code for Taylor and Lindsey.
But at one of the nine scattered rural homes south of Durango where they delivered cookies that night, a 49-year-old woman, Wanita Renea Young, 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. She became so terrified by the knocks on her door around 10:30 p.m. that she called the sheriff's department. Deputies determined that no crime had been committed.
Frightened, she spent the night at her sister's home, then went to the hospital emergency room the next day after suffering a severe anxiety attack she thought might be a heart attack.
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.
Judge Doug Walker on Thursday awarded Young almost $900 to recoup her medical bills.
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 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.
See? This is what's fucking wrong with this country.
Two kids go out of their way to do something nice for others and they get sued.
What the FUCK?
It's bad enough that some cunt with sand in her dried up old husk of a vagina sued two kids for bringing her cookies, but she fucking won?
What the FUCK?
Do you have any idea what I'd do if I found two teenage girls standing on my doorstep with a basket of cookies?
OK, do you have any idea what I would do after I changed my shorts?
You can bet your ass there wouldn't be any lawsuits involved. At least, none filed by me.
But I'm trying to understand this. Wanita Renea Young gets a knock on her door at 10:30. OK, that might startle one. So she calls the police who "determined that no crime had been committed". This means they showed up at the house and, presumably, found the cookies with the construction paper hearts and a well wishing message.
So she has an anxiety attack over it? Huh? OK, even if she did have to go to the hospital, which I doubt was necessary, the parents of the kids offered to pay for it, which was more than they should have been expected to do.
So the bitch sues them?
Taylor Ostergaard and Lindsey Jo Zellitti, I presume you have access to the internet, if you perchance to read this I just want to say you're good kids who got punished because some people are just worthless.
Wanita Young? If you can read this, I hope you die. I hope you choke on a fucking Peperidge Farm cookie and just as youre about to choke to death you fall into a running woodchipper and goddamn die. And I'll say that about anyone that diminishes the chances of teenage girls showing up on my doorstep with a basket of cookies.