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    A snippet of something that I thought was strange




    Girls fined for giving neighbour cookies

    DURANGO, Colorado (Reuters) - A Colorado judge ordered two teen-age girls to pay about $900 (480 pounds) for the distress a neighbour 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 neighbour 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 neighbours 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 neighbours 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.


    Is it just me, or should the girls have punished a little more severely ...... for wasting good time and cookies on a complete eejit?
    Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum


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    Well I guess that woman will be short of friendly neighbours in future. Let's all hope one day she needs a favour such as a jump start for her car and is met by a wall of unfriendliness.

    I found some more aboput the story....

    They were successfully sued for an unauthorized cookie drop on one porch. The deliveries consisted of half a 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.

    At one of the nine scattered rural homes south of Durango where they delivered cookies that night, a 49-year-old woman 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.

    But Wanita Renea Young ended up in the hospital emergency room the next day after suffering a severe anxiety attack she thought might be a heart attack.

    A Durango judge Thursday awarded Young almost $900 to recoup her medical bills. She received nothing for pain and suffering.

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

    Taylor's mother, Jill Ostergaard, said her daughter "cried and cried" after Judge Doug Walker handed down his decision in La Plata County Small Claims Court.

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

    The judge said he didn't think the girls acted maliciously, but it was pretty late at night for them to be out. He didn't award any punitive damages.

    Taylor and Lindsey declined to comment Thursday, saying only that they didn't want to say anything hurtful. Young said the girls showed "very poor judgment."

    Just as dusk arrived a little after 9 p.m., Taylor and Lindsey began their deliveries. They didn't stop at houses that were dark. But where lights shone, the girls figured people were awake and in need of cookies. A kitchen light was on at Young's home.

    Court records contain half a dozen letters from neighbors who said they enjoyed the unexpected treats. But Young, at home with her 18-year-old daughter and elderly mother, said she saw shadowy figures who banged and banged at her door. She thought they were burglars or some neighbors she had tangled with in the past, she said.

    The girls wrote letters of apology to Young, with Taylor saying in part, "I just wanted you to know that someone cared about you and your family."

    The families had offered to pay Young's medical bills if she would agree to indemnify the families against future claims. Young wouldn't sign the agreement. She said the families' apologies rang false and weren't delivered in person, so she brought the matter to court.
    seems she was after money pure and simple
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    wow what a bitch. i hope she dies lonely

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    I hope she chokes on the next cookie she sees
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    What does a solicitated cookie look like? Does it have a bun in the oven?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr JP Fugley
    Absolutely unbelievable.

    Can the Ewe Essay get any more litigious.
    Quite possibly.

    As an aside, Bush's efforts at tort reform would address frivolous/trivial suits such as this, but you all wanted Kerry/Edwards (a pair of lawyers), so nevermind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j2k4
    Quite possibly.

    As an aside, Bush's efforts at tort reform would address frivolous/trivial suits such as this, but you all wanted Kerry/Edwards (a pair of lawyers), so nevermind.
    Kerry /Edwards had a plan where the lawyers would be held responsible for bringing frivolous lawsuits....3 strikes and they lose their license..... did you not think that would help or did you have you fingers in your ears while shouting "I'm not listening, I'm not listening" while they explained that one ?.

    Bush wishes to limit the payouts.
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    the girls had decided to stay home and bake the cookies rather than go to a dance where there might be cursing
    I think everyone in this story needs to get out a little more

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    I don't know what Durango is like, crime rate, etc. I also don't know what in this woman's history has made her react to a random act of kindness in this way. I imagine something in her history with the neighborhood was involved, whether real or imagined. It is sad to me that the woman is this way, but I have not walked a mile in her shoes, either. Have to wonder if she has a history of this anxiety. Luckily, she apparently didn't have a gun.

    Busyman, what would you do if someone loudly banged on your door at 10:30 at night?

    The litigation was carrying things too far. The lesson she taught these girls, to be careful who you are nice to and how, they would have eventually learned in a hopefully easier way. Sad that lesson has to be learned.

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    The piece Vidcc posted suggested that she was feuding with another neighbour and given the way she reacted to these girls one has sympathy for the neighbour.

    Presumably the girls will have learned that they should have opted for the cussing and drinking. However, hopefully, they will get the support of their local community and learn that kindness is its own reward.

    Is 10.30 late on a Friday night for 17 and 18 year olds?
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