Sued for baking cookies

I have trouble believing that there exists someone like Wanita Renea Young out there. Two girls, aged 17 and 18, decided to bake some cookies for their neighbors. The pair went door to door, dropping off half a dozen chocolate chip and sugar cookies accompanied by big hearts cut out of red or pink construction paper with the message: "Have a great night." At one of the homes, a 49-year-old woman became so terrified by the knocks on her door around 10:30 p.m. that she called the sheriff's department. Wanita Renea Young ended up in the hospital emergency room the next day after suffering a severe anxiety attack she thought might be a heart attack. The girls wrote letters of apology to Young saying, "I just wanted you to know that someone cared about you and your family." The families had offered to pay Young's medical bills if she would agree to indemnify the families against future claims. Young wouldn't sign the agreement. She said the families' apologies rang false and weren't delivered in person, so she brought the matter to court. A judge awarded Young almost $900 to recoup her medical bills. One of the girl's mother, Jill Ostergaard, said her daughter "cried and cried" after the judge handed down his decision. The judge said he didn't think the girls acted maliciously, but it was pretty late at night for them to be out. Taylor and Lindsey declined to comment Thursday, saying only that they didn't want to say anything hurtful. Young said the girls showed "very poor judgment." Court records contain half a dozen letters from neighbors who said they enjoyed the unexpected treats. But Young, at home with her 18-year-old daughter and elderly mother, said she saw shadowy figures who banged and banged at her door. She thought they were burglars or some neighbors she had tangled with in the past.

I hope that this is some sort of journalistic sensationalism, and that Young's side of the story was grossly misrepresented, because as it is, she sounds like a real ass.

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1. Leafy Person said:
If I were the little girls' family, I'd go and bang on her door every night until she dies of a heart attack.
Posted on Mon February 7th, 2005, 9:53 AM EST acknowledged
2. Nebu Pookins said:

Given that the judge sided with Young, that is probably the worst (in the sense of stupid, senseless, immoral, unbuddhist, etc.) thing you could possibly do. INIAL (lawyer), but I wouldn't be surprised if you were incarcerated for attempted murder if you did that.

It'll probably bring you much better Karma simply to bake more cookies and give them to the half a dozen neighbors who wrote letters saying they appreciated the cookies, and just to make a mental note not to approach Young's house again.

Posted on Tue February 8th, 2005, 1:24 AM EST acknowledged

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