Now I don’t know Mrs. McCarthy personally, but I feel pretty confident in saying this because she’s been in the news lately for some ridiculously idiotic reasons. It seems Melanie’s daughter, Shannon Derrik, loaned her best friend, a girl named Stephanie Eick, her iPod and when the friend tried to return the iPod to Shannon it ended up being stolen out of her purse. Rather than work things out with Shannon’s parents, Mrs. McCarthy decided to sue:
Melanie McCarthy of Aurora, Shannon’s mother, sued Stephanie in DuPage County small-claims court, seeking $475 for the cost of the iPod, its case and $50 in iTunes. She claims that even though Stephanie didn’t steal the iPod, the girl was responsible for the loss.
Now in my book this is strike one against Mrs. McCarthy making her eligible for the title of asshole. If this had happened to me at that age and I went crying to my mom about it she would’ve given me that look that all mothers give when they’re trying to contemplate how one of their offspring could be so incredibly stupid and ask me a question along the lines of, “What the hell were you thinking taking your iPod to school in the first place? Let alone loaning it out to a friend!” And I’d probably end up writing it off as a painful lesson in being careful about my most prized possessions. Actually Mom would probably take the time to try and talk to my friend’s parents and things would probably get worked out though not necessarily with me getting a brand new iPod. Stephanie Eick’s parents offered to buy a refurbished iPod as a replacement and my mom probably would’ve thought that to be just fine as it would still teach me a lesson.
But this is the 21st century were people will sue their best friends at the drop of a hat and $450 is still a considerable sum of money so I suppose the lawsuit alone isn’t enough to qualify Melanie McCarthy for the title of asshole in some people’s minds. So allow me to present strike two:
NAPERVILLE — An anonymous benefactor has donated a new Nano to the girl whose iPod was stolen, but the girl’s mother is refusing the gift and pursuing her lawsuit against her daughter’s 14-year-old classmate.
The donor dropped off a package at the front desk of The Naperville Sun around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.
The colorful cardboard box decorated with a confetti design contained an iPod Nano, pink case and $50 worth of iTunes gift certificates. The donor left a letter saying that the iPod was for Shannon Derrik.
That’s right. Someone who isn’t even involved in this whole fiasco took it upon themselves to buy a brand new iPod with case and a $50 iTunes card and donate it to the girl who lost hers so there’d be no need to proceed with the idiotic lawsuit. What was Mrs. McCarthy’s reaction? Thanks, but no thanks:
Although McCarthy said Wednesday she appreciated the offer from the anonymous donor, she didn’t want to take the iPod and she is going ahead with her lawsuit.
“I think this is very generous of somebody, but I want to proceed with the litigation,” McCarthy said.
Congratulations Mrs. Melanie McCarthy, you’re a first class asshole!