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The story of this lawsuit has been making the rounds on the Internet. An appellate court affirmed the dismissal of a suit that adult children filed against their mother, alleging emotional distress for such insensitive actions as sending birthday cards with no gift, making her daughter pay for her prom dress, and failing to send her son care packages at college. The attorney for the children was their father, who had custody of the two children after he divorced their mother.
Of course, the court was right to dismiss the suit, and of course the attorney-father who brought it deserves a lot of ridicule. It is obvious, though, that there is a lot of pain underlying the case. As often happens, by the time matters get this bad, a lawsuit is the least of anyone's worries.
I couldn't resist this story from a Dallas attorney about a "young lady that I represented...in a personal injury lawsuit" who proposed this answer to an interrogatory:
Q. Did you have any other expenses or suffer any other pecuniary loss because of defendant's alleged negligence not asked about in prior interrogatories?
A. Yes. I've lost friends and boyfriends over this accident. How do you put a price on that? Maybe $16,400.
Original source: Say What?!
I have posted this one before, but it seemed very appropriate in light of this week's posts:
Judge: (To young witness) Do you know what would happen to you if you told a lie?
Witness: Yes, I would go to hell.
Judge: Is that all?
Witness: Isn't that enough?
From: Say What?
Here's another entry in the funny-in-a-roll-your-eyes-sort-of-way. The BBC reports that schools in the United Kingdom are switching to clip-on ties because of fears "of ties getting caught in equipment or strangling pupils."
Let's be honest -- they are switching because of a fear of lawyers. I enjoy being a lawyer, but there's no doubt that we are directly responsible for a lot of stupid rules.
Hat tip: Overlawyered
This is one of those stories that is funny only in a shake-your-head, gallows-humor sort of way. A 24-year-old woman in Oregon called the police, complaining that her neighbors were harassing her for having sex with a 13-year-old. The police responded, investigated the complaint, and promptly arrested her for, in fact, having sex with a minor.
What else is there to say?
Hat tip: Dumb as a Blog
From Minor Troubles, we learn that firefighters in Britain were able to free a child who got her foot stuck in a child's potty. They even were able to "keep the potty intact for future use."
Experienced parents know that one essential to responding to these type of emergencies is taking lots of pictures to use to blackmail your children when they are teenagers.
A bit of humor to end the week, from The Onion:
"The majority of our subjects, regardless of size, sex, or race, exhibited extreme mood swings, often crying one minute and then giggling playfully the next," the study's author Dr. Steven Gregory told reporters. "Additionally we found that most babies had trouble concentrating during the day, often struggled to sleep at night, and could not be counted on to take care of themselves—all classic symptoms of manic depression."
Hat Tip: Psych Central
From Minor Troubles, we get a heart-warming story to end the week. When Mark Gullet lost his job, his 14-year-old son, Ben, created a three-minute video touting his dad's credentials--and his ability to make s'mores. Ben posted the video, titled "Mark by Ben," to YouTube, where it has gotten thousands of hits. Best of all, his dad has landed some job interviews.
Officers in a Chicago police station are facing disciplinary action and, even worse, ridicule from their peers after falling for a 14-year-old's impersonation of a police officer. The teenager, who aspires to a career in law enforcement, came into the station through an unlocked back door, wearing a uniform and claimed to be a recent transfer. The real officers gave him a radio and sent him out. He drove a squad car, assisted in an arrest, and evaded discovery for six hours, when a supervisor noticed that his uniform was not complete and started asking questions.
When they discovered the charade, the officers quite predictably arrested him for impersonating a police officer.
Hat tip: The Buck Stops Here
From Lowering the Bar, we get this humorous story about two teenage robbers who didn't think things through. Before going into the store, they caught the attention of a passerby with their elaborate preparations, such as covering their license plate, in full view of the road. When they attempted to rob the store, the owners refused to be intimidated and chased them back outside. The passerby, who happened to be an off-duty security guard, was waiting for them.
While he was holding them down, waiting for the police, the Korean woman who owned the store began hitting them with a flyswatter. "The humiliation was then made complete when, apparently by pure coincidence, the mother of one of the robbers happened by."
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