We’ve become a nation of whiners and complainers and willing to sue just about anyone because we’re too fat, too thin, too short, too tall.  That’s why we have so many labels warning us of the obvious.  Can anyone tell me why they would lick a computer circuit board even if they didn’t know it contained lead?

Just about every week I read about some ridiculous lawsuit being filed.  Unfortunately, there are plenty of bottom-feeding lawyers who are willing to pass a hanky to some sniveling baby and agree to file a lawsuit hoping to cash in.

There are plenty of lawsuits filed by convicts who have nothing better to do with their time but make up grievances.  One sued because he couldn’t get Rogaine in prison.  Another sued because his packages were sent via UPS and not the USPS.  Another sued because he didn’t like his haircut.

A doctor sued a restaurant because he wasn’t told how to eat an artichoke and ended up in the hospital after he ate the outer leaves.  A kookaloonie claimed that Oprah Winfrey and President Bush caused a 3-D Lucida camera to be implanted in her brain.  I know that those who suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome would believe her, but how did Oprah get in the mix?  A guy just sued White Castle because he was too fat to fit in the booth.

I don’t think I’ve read about a more ridiculous one than the $50,000 emotional distress lawsuit filed by two grown children, now 20 and 23, against their mother for “bad mothering.”

The mother divorced their father in 1995.  The mother’s attorney said it was all payback and an attempt by the ex-husband (a lawyer) to “seek the ultimate revenge” of having her children accuse her of “being an inadequate mother.”  The father said he only filed the lawsuit after much legal research and had tried to dissuade his children from bringing the case.  Well, he didn’t have to file the lawsuit, did he?

In my law practice, I’ve seen more than my share of “bad mothering.”  But these two losers sued their mother because, although they grew up in a $1.5 million home in Barrington Hills, Illinois, their mother didn’t buy them toys and once sent a birthday card the son didn’t like.  I couldn’t believe it.  He also complained he didn’t get care packages while he attended college.  I wonder who paid for this crybaby’s tuition?

Telling her 7-year old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact the police doesn’t amount to bad mothering.   Calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home the night of homecoming doesn’t amount to emotional abuse.

I remember being about 6 or 7, fighting non-stop with my brother while in the car on the Long Island Expressway, and ignoring my mother’s warning that she’d put us on the side of the road if we didn’t shut up.  She kept her word.  After failing to heed her warning, she told my father, “Bob, stop the car.”  He stopped the car and we were told to get out.  My brother and I stood on the side of the road for about 15 minutes before my parents returned and let us back in the car.  We kept our mouths shut after that.

After my mother died when I was 8, for a few years I asked my father for some change and bought my own birthday cards.  I wrote out, “Dear Leona” and “Love, Dad” and asked him to copy those words on the card.  My father was too busy working and supporting me and my brother to think about this kind of stuff.  It never dawned on me to sue him.

What came to mind when I read this story was the notion that a lot of people today – young and old alike – have a sense of entitlement, a belief that certain things are owed to them.  I see that in personal relationships and I see it far too often in some people’s expectations of government.  Too many people want things now without working and saving for them and too many people think the government should give them stuff.

The idea that children are focused on material things and what they’re owed as opposed to what they already have is disturbing and goes to show that they’ve truly lost sight of what’s important. As their mother said, she loves her children but found that they wanted “the benefits afforded by a family relationship, but none of the restraints.”

I’m curious to know if these two ingrates honored their mother with cards and presents for her birthday, Mother’s Day, and Christmas?  I’d also like to know whether these ungrateful spoiled brats have jobs or do they continue to sponge off their father.

Fortunately, an Illinois appeals court dismissed their lawsuit and I hope the judgment required them to pay their mother’s attorneys’ fees and court costs.

The question is what will they do when life deals them a real tragedy – and it will.  Who will they sue?  God?

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

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