Colorado Teens Fined for Giving Cookies to Neighbor

  1. DURANGO, Colo. (Reuters) - A Colorado judge ordered two teen-age girls to pay about $900 for the distress a neighbor said they caused by giving her home-made cookies adorned with paper hearts.


    The pair were ordered to pay $871.70 plus $39 in court costs after neighbor Wanita Renea Young, 49, filed a lawsuit complaining that the unsolicited cookies, left at her house after the girls knocked on her door, had triggered an anxiety attack that sent her to the hospital the next day.

    Taylor Ostergaard, then 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitte, 18, paid the judgment on Thursday after a small claims court ruling by La Plata County Court Judge Doug Walker, a court clerk said on Friday.

    The girls baked cookies as a surprise for several of their rural Colorado neighbors on July 31 and dropped off small batches on their porches, accompanied by red or pink paper hearts and the message: "Have a great night."

    The Denver Post newspaper reported on Friday that the girls had decided to stay home and bake the cookies rather than go to a dance where there might be cursing and drinking.

    It reported that six neighbors wrote letters entered as evidence in the case thanking the girls for the cookies.

    But Young said she was frightened because the two had knocked on her door at about 10:30 p.m. and run off after leaving the cookies.

    She went to a hospital emergency room the next day, fearing that she had suffered a heart attack, court records said.

    The judge awarded Young her medical costs, but did not award punitive damages. He said he did not think the girls had acted maliciously but that 10:30 was fairly late at night for them to be out.
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    It seems like he made them pay because they were out late?

    I mean, how were they supposed to know this person would have an anxiety attack.
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    $900 bucks for leaving cookies on a doorstep?

    There ain't no such thing as justice in this world no more...
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I think there is such a thing as justice, although i think it's not being served on the correct people.
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    I read that story in the newspaper this morning, and all I can say is, shame on that judge! And double shame on the neighbor who made such a big deal of this in the first place!! :angryfire Like almost anyone with half a brain, I can think of about five gazillion worse things teenagers could do. What are these girls to learn from the experience, other than how NOT to be good neighbors?

    And once again, I'm left to wonder: whatever the hell happened to common sense???
  7. by   KrisRNwannabe
    poor kids, they get in trouble for doing things wrong and now apparently for doing something nice. poor girls, i hope it doesn't keep them from doing nice things in the future
  8. by   URO-RN
    A good deed never goes unpunished.
  9. by   z's playa
    Give me a freaking break! Honestly. Tying up the courts on something so dumb!
  10. by   webblarsk
    Don't ya just love our Justice system? Dosen't seem right does it? Those poor girls. I feel so bad for them. Trying to do something good and having to pay so much money. That judge is crazy!
  11. by   Tweety
    If opening up your door and seeing cookies at your doorstep sends you to the hospital, you don't need a lawyer and $900, you need a physchiatrist and intensive pyschotherapy, preferably inaptient.
  12. by   Nurseboy1
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    If opening up your door and seeing cookies at your doorstep sends you to the hospital, you don't need a lawyer and $900, you need a physchiatrist and intensive pyschotherapy, preferably inaptient.
    :yeahthat: Amen Tweety
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    If opening up your door and seeing cookies at your doorstep sends you to the hospital, you don't need a lawyer and $900, you need a physchiatrist and intensive pyschotherapy, preferably inaptient.
    Yeah.........I wonder what the woman would've done if it had been a flaming sack of dog poop?!
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Yeah.........I wonder what the woman would've done if it had been a flaming sack of dog poop?!


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