Two grown children from an affluent household have just had their case dismissed by the courts. In the suit they alleged that their mother Kimberly Garrity was guilty of ‘bad mothering.’ Why? Because she allegedly failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn’t like.
Steven Miner II, now 23, and his sister Kathryn, now 20, were asking for $50,000 for emotional distress brought on by other supposed offenses including: 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.
As evidence they presented an American Greetings birthday card they deemed unacceptable claiming that it failed to include cash.
In court papers, Garrity’s attorney Shelley Smith said the “litany of childish complaints and ingratitude” in the lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt by Garrity’s ex-husband to “seek the ultimate revenge” of having her children accuse her of “being an inadequate mother.”
Wisely, the courts dismissed the case noting that nothing presented was “extreme or outrageous” and failing to dismiss the suit could have led to further ridiculous lawsuits in the future.
(Source: Chicago Tribune)