does the law take things to far and too seriously?

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does the law take things to far and too seriously?

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Post by Deborah » Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:15 pm

Girls sued for delivering cookies
Friday, February 4, 2005 Posted: 2115 GMT (0515 HKT)
DURANGO, Colorado (AP) -- Two teenage girls who surprised their neighbors with homemade cookies late one night were ordered to pay nearly $900 in medical bills for a woman who says she was so startled that she had to go to the hospital.

Judge Doug Walker declined Thursday to award punitive damages, saying he did not believe the girls acted maliciously.

Taylor Ostergaard, 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitti, 18, baked the chocolate chip and sugar cookies one night last July.

They made packages with a half-dozen cookies each and added large red or pink construction-paper hearts that carried the message, "Have a great night."

The notes were signed with their first initials: "Love, The T and L Club."

Then they set off to make their deliveries.

Wanita Renea Young, 49, said she was at her rural home south of Durango around 10:30 p.m. when she said saw "shadowy figures" outside the house banging repeatedly on her door.

She yelled, "Who's there?" but no one answered, and the figures ran away.

Frightened, she spent the night at her sister's home, then went to the hospital the next morning because she was still shaking and had an upset stomach.

The teenagers' families offered to pay Young's medical bills, but she declined and sued, saying their apologies were not sincere and were not offered in person.

The girls declined comment after the ruling. Taylor's mother said the girl "cried and cried."

"She felt she was being punished for doing something nice," Jill Ostergaard said.

Young said the teenagers showed "very poor judgment"

"The victory wasn't sweet," Young said. "I'm not gloating about it. I just hope the girls learned a lesson."

The teens said they did not answer when the woman called out because they wanted the treats to be a surprise.


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I think this is a bit off, thought courts would have better things to do with their time!

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Post by Mastermind » Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:26 pm

I saw this earlier. For some reason, I assumed it was in Florida, because all the stupid crap happens there.

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Post by Mastermind » Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:56 am

Here's a follow-up:

http://www.9news.com/acm_news.aspx?OSGN ... 89c01ca7bf

Apparently, the old lady has been recieving death threats. lol

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Post by Deborah » Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:19 pm

Mastermind wrote: Apparently, the old lady has been recieving death threats. lol
that is not really funny!

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Post by Mastermind » Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:37 pm

It is. Nobody is really gonna kill her. It's probably just kids making prank calls.

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Post by Deborah » Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:59 am

got a thought for you.
This lady was afraid so she went to her sisters to spend the night.If she was so afraid why did she not call the Police? normally when people are afraid they don't leave the house.

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Post by Mastermind » Mon Feb 07, 2005 5:55 am

I'm wondering how come she didn't see the cookies when she left. Sounds suspicious...

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Post by hermitville101 » Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:57 pm

Sounds to me like there are just a few too many stupid people in the world. But then I'm biased. <shrug>

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Post by Joel Freeman » Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:01 pm

Haha, this happened about an hour away from where I live. I heard all about it. I think it's absolutely ridiculous that it happened, and it makes me glad that I'm moving out of this state pretty soon.

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