The Height of Frivolous

Imagine a childhood so horrid that, when you reached adulthood, you felt justified in filing a lawsuit against your mother for “bad parenting”. Your childhood must have been pretty bad, right? Maybe she beat you – and not just a spanking for misbehaving, or a smack upside the head for swearing. But really beat you – wire hanger kind of stuff. Or maybe she was out partying all night, making the rounds of the bars and bringing home a string of men – sleeping with different guys every night, and making you wait on them hand and foot.

Or just imagine – and this is probably the most horrible thing of all – she sent you a birthday card with no cash in it!!! The horror!!

Yes. I said that.

There are two “Adult” Children outside Chicago (of course) who recently filed a lawsuit against their mother for “bad parenting”. These Children (because I don’t consider them any form of the word “adult”) were placed in the custody of their father at the time of their parent’s divorce. They were 7 and 4 at the time.  They were raised in a $1.5m Barrington home. (Side note: Barrington is one of the shi-shi suburbs of Chicago. You can’t even drive through Barrington unless you own a Lexus. And even then, they give you the hairy eyeball ’cause you’re driving a piece of crap) And, with their father’s help – he happens to be a lawyer – they filed suit against their mother. Among the charges? That she sent her son, Steven Miner II, a birthday card with a row of cartoon tomatoes on the front, one with googly eyes. The inside read, “Son I got you this birthday card because it’s just like you … different from all the rest!” She then signed it, “Have a great day! Love & Hugs, Mom xoxoxo” And at issue isn’t the tacky card, it’s the fact that the card did not contain a check or cash.

The daughter, Kathryn Miner, counts among her childhood horrors the fact that her mother didn’t take her to a car show.

The lawsuit was recently dismissed, thank goodness. But not before their mother had to shell out a bunch of money (I haven’t found the amount yet) to defend herself until the charges were dropped.

This makes me sick. In a world where children really are abused on a daily basis, where children lose good, loving parents every day, these two just shine a glaring light on just how selfish some of them are. That there are actually lawyers in the world who would consider bringing this to court and not laughing long and loud until the children walked out of their office, duly humiliated, just gives credence to the stereotype of the ambulance-chasing, shark/skunk/dirtbag image that follows that profession around.

Those lawyers should be disbarred. And the judge should have turned around and charged the children with idiocy in the first degree. And then sent them to community service somewhere they would have daily contact with children who really are abused.

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11 Responses to The Height of Frivolous

  1. Jason says:

    We heard this on the radio earlier. The report stated that one of the lawyers was their father, he was divorced from their mother. He reportedly said he didn’t agree with them, but he still represented them. The mom said it was the her ex trying to get the ultimate revenge on her.

  2. mssc54 says:

    How much worse could your life get than to have an ex who’s is an attorney!?

  3. Sue says:

    People need to get a grip!

  4. Nikki says:

    Well, he sure has done his job of raising greedy, ungrateful brats! Just what this country needs more of. This is ridiculous!!

  5. Joy says:

    The first thing that came to mind to me is how entitled those kids must feel. Talk about arrogant. How this man raised two kids to feel they “deserve” anything at all. The other thing that came to my mind was how bad some children do have it. Not only when parents break up but the abuse and hunger and all the things some kids go through growing up. This almost makes a joke out of the justice system again. I mean really. Look at what Caylee Anthony had to go through and look at this two self indulged “children.” Like Laura said, I can’t stomach calling them adults.

    So many kids go through horrific things in their childhoods and somehow have found a way to live with it. Deal with it and move on. One can’t hold on the that kind of anger forever and one can’t blame one’s parents forever. We don’t know this mother and “why” she let her husband raise her kids but I’m sure she just did what she had to do. It sounds like she did send cards and notes and these greedy kids just want more. I know people’s who’s mother’s have left them and they’d have killed to have gotten a cute hand drawn card from her and not only that, they looked for them every birthday and every Christmas on theirs never came.

    This really sickens me and it makes a mockery of our courts/judges. I’m so glad it got dismissed but how did it get this far to begin with?

  6. SKL says:

    Sorry, I’m late to the table! Been working round the clock on some lawyery stuff! Yep, I’m a dirtbag!

    My view is that there is a pretty good case for this father to be sued for poor parenting.

    I think the kids’ punishment will be having the whole world know what pond scum they are.

  7. mssc54 says:

    Do I understand correctly that the father got custody of the children after the divorce? If so there had to be some serious issues with the mother. Courts almost always rule for the mother in custody casses. It’s wrong but it’s a fact.

    • Joy says:

      She might not have fought him for the kids. That’s what I mean by she must have thought it was the best thing to do. But my point also was she did stay in their lives. She didn’t “abandon” them.

  8. Nikki says:

    The more I think about this, the more pissed off I get! I did not have an ideal childhood in the least, but I would never ever think about suing my mom or dad because of it! I would have given anything to get a card on my birthday from my dad, or even a phone call. He didn’t pay a dollar in child support, but did I sue him for that?! Who knows what life was like for this mother, and the fact that she even sent a card to those ungrateful brats is more than a lot of kids can say!

    Why do (some) kids feel like they are owed the world, handed to them on a silver platter?! All things in life worthwhile, are worked for, earned. What a disservice this father has done for his kids! They all need a big piece of humble pie-more like the whole thing!

  9. Phyllis says:

    This is utterly ridiculous! A suit of this type is complete lunacy! These young people should be made to pay for the mother’s legal expenses, and their lawyer father thoroughly deserves to be disbarred from the profession for bringing such an idiotic suit before the court! Other than those comments, I find myself speechless!!!!!

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