Saturday, February 05, 2005

Cookie klatch lands girls in court

"Two Durango teens thought they'd surprise neighbors with nighttime deliveries of home-baked treats. But one woman was so terrified, she sued and has won."

"Inside one of the nine scattered rural homes south of Durango that got 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."

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."

Learned their lesson?! LEARNED THEIR LESSON?! What kind of idiotic madness is this? This story is tragic in two respects. One, that our society has descended to such a depth that people are afraid to answer their door at night in fear of home invasion, random gang violence, or some other undefined yet deeply felt fear. Two, that in our litigation-happy society, the first recourse for wrong is to take two teenagers to court, rather than try and work it out one on one. In everything we run to the government, the system, to make everything all right.

Sadly, there arelessons to be learned here. Two teenage girls should know better than to be out unaccompanied in the evening; it's just not safe. Also, in our fear ridden society, knocking at a neighbor's door at 10:00 pm is likely to get you shot, or arrested.

So put away those thoughts of compassion, service, and love. Lock your doors and hide inside like everybody else. Land of the free and home of the brave? Hmmm....