Nonny, on Feb 13 2005, 06:23 PM, said:
Cheile, on Feb 13 2005, 10:20 AM, said:
lesson learned indeed. that being a b*tch will get you NO sympathy.
Not true. The more I read about this, the more she has mine. I am sorry I ever inadvertently started this hate-fest by posting the original thread before I knew her side.
Don't worry about it Nonny. If you hadn't picked up on it, someone else would have. The story is in the newspapers, online, and on radio and TV.
So far as the girls: A cookie company has named a cookie "The kindness cookie" after them. Tons of money is floating their way. The medical bills they were court ordered to pay were far exceeded. The parents posted a letter in the Denver Post giving a P.O. Box address to send donations. They are setting up education funds for the girls and will give some money to charity.
Also, I think the person who said the girls should have kept their mouths shut after the court proceedings was Mr. Young. As an added note, apparently he called one of the parents and the parents now have an injunction against him for making the harassing phone call or calls - the story is not specific.
I am glad that there are some dissenting viewpoints out there and on the side of Ms. Young. They are few, and the dissenters are attacked almost as unmercifully as the Youngs.
And as Paul Harvey used to say, "And now, for the rest of the story ..."
even though this may only be more pieces to it:
She lives off of County Road 214 in a rural area on the mesa south of Durango and was in the basement of her house watching television with her 86-year-old mother and 19-year-old daughter about 10:20 p.m. when the incident took place.
"We heard this horrible banging on the door, like someone was trying to break it down," Young said Friday. "I ran upstairs and called out 'Who's there?' three or four times. But no one answered me and when I looked out the window, there weren't any vehicles in sight. But I could see the silhouette of someone on the other side of the window. I got really scared and called the sheriff's department."
According to documents filed with the court, the girls had parked about 500 feet away from Young's home, shielding their car behind a grove of trees.
A statement by Taylor Ostergaard included in court documents said the girls "knocked on the door three times loudly, left the plate of cookies on the step and ran away. (We) wanted someone to hear the door and find the cookies so an animal wouldn't eat them before morning."
Fourth, Wanita Young is apparently neither a madwoman nor misanthrope. She's a cashier at Wal-Mart and has been director of the Durango Food Bank since 1990. Explaining her anxiety, Young told the Herald that, after finding the plate of cookies and a note saying "Have a great night. Love, The T and L Club" :
"I had no idea what the note meant," Young said. "Fifteen years ago, I was assaulted by one of my neighbors as I was taking my children to meet the school bus, and I wondered if somehow the incident was connected to that.
"After the deputies looked around, they weren't sure what had gone on and said that it might be a good idea if I took my mother and daughter and stayed in a motel that night," Young said. "My husband was out of town, so I decided to spend the night in Farmington at my sister's house. Driving down there, I was throwing up and feeling a lot of pressure in my chest. I thought I might be having a heart attack."
The next morning, Young went to the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center, incurring more than $1,400 in hospital bills for what doctors eventually diagnosed as an anxiety attack.
Fifth, The young bakers wrote a letter of apology and it appears that the parents of one of the young women offered to pay Young's out-of-pocket medical costs, if she signed an indemnification agreement. Young was advised not to sign it, and instead filed in small claims court. Mrs. Young is quoted saying "All I wanted was for those girls to admit that they used poor judgment and apologize in person. If they had done that, I wouldn't have even asked for the money. I just hope they learned a lesson." According to the Herald, "on the advice of an attorney, they opted not to meet with her in person."
Sixth, Taylor told Good Morning America, "We think outside the box a little more than usual," said Ostergaard. "We just wanted to do something nice for other people, [to] let them know other people care about them even though they didn't know who it was."
Another side note: The girls are still passing out cookies but at a little earlier time.