Without having kids I can’t necessarily say so with absolute 100% certainty, but I imagine things like this are why some people still feel completely fine slapping their children. Hell, after reading this, I’d like to slap this woman’s children for her. Several times. In the face. With a shovel.
Steven Miner II, 23, and his 20-year-old sister Kathryn sued their mother, Kimberly Garrity, for more than $50000. Their claim? That the pair, who lived in a $1.5 million house, suffered “emotional distress” due to what they call “bad mothering.”
So just what was so bad about mom? Well…
While growing up in a luxurious home in Barrington Hills, Ill., their alleged hardships at the hands of their mother included Steven receiving a birthday card that didn’t include cash or a check and did not have a sentiment that he liked, accusations that Garrity did not send him care packages or birthday cards while he was in college, Garrity telling her then-7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would call the police, and Kathryn getting a phone call from her mother at midnight to tell her to return home from her homecoming celebration.
My god, the horror! The…horror!
Other accusations included Kathryn being upset that her mother would not take her to a car show, and Garrity failing to buy toys for one of her children. One of the exhibits filed in the case was a birthday card sent from Garrity to her son that had a group of indistinguishable cartoon tomatoes on the front with one different tomato in the middle that had googly eyes attached. The inside read, “Son I got you this Birthday card because it’s just like you …
different from all the rest!” Garrity wrote “Have a great day! Love & Hugs, Mom xoxoxo.’’
How dare this horrible woman subject her kids to…the kind of birthday card I think I’ve perhaps got a few of kicking around here thanks to nice people who care about me? What a thoughtless cow.
And it gets better.
One of the three lawyers representing the children was their father, Steven A. Miner. He was married to Garrity for 10 years before the two divorced in 1995, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. In court papers, Miner wrote that he tried to talk his children out of filing the lawsuit.
I’m calling horseshit and douchebaggery on that statement. He tried to talk them out of it, but wasn’t so serious about his convictions that he wouldn’t agree to represent them, for free, no less? Yeah, that adds up.
Thankfully an Illinois appeals court judge tossed the case, but not before Garrity ran up lord knows how much in legal fees defending herself against charges that never should have made it to paper, let alone a courtroom.
I don’t know what kind of woman she is, but I’m sort of hoping she’s the type who won’t mind turning around and suing to recover her costs, even though these are her kids and she probably loves them for some reason. It would also be nice if she’s the type who would start a campaign to have her idiot ex-husband disbarred, because he deserves it.
It would be great to see her take the high road by not stooping to the level her family has, but how awesome would it be to watch her melt these precious little snowflakes with a torch?