But a lawsuit filed against employees at an Apple store that sold the kid the iPod alleges, “He continues to suffer from both physical and mental conditions which
will cause him to suffer pain, mental distress, emotional distress, and
otherwise for the rest of his life.”
Really? For the rest of his life? Because he got a little hot down below? Whatever happened to “kids are resilient” or Gawd, I wish I had the money in this economy to be able to buy my kid an iPod Touch, so he should count his lucky stars he’s got a family that’s making it work?
According to Ars Technica, the boy’s mom is asking for compensatory damages of more than $75,000 plus punitive damages of more than $75,000 and attorney fees. Although I can see asking Apple itself for A. a new iPod B. a full review of the safety concerns of the iPod Touch and C. payment for all medical bills (and maybe the price of a new pair of underwear – cotton preferrably), I am not convinced that ten employees at an Apple store should be forking over $150,000 for one embarrassing moment in a kid’s life.
What does this teach a kid, by the way? That everything is fixed with money? Or that he’s got a right to never be embarrassed? Right there, in court documents, his mom says he’s marked for the rest of his life. Talk about setting your kid up for a life of being a victim.
What would you do? Would you sue?