Saturday, June 21, 2008

Return to Sender

So the AP reported yesterday about a woman in Germany who was denied her appeal for child support because she over a month late filing. Her reason, you might ask. She has a phobia of "Official Letters" so the several correspondences that the court sent her (official like) were left unanswered for almost six months. The court did not accept her phobia as an excuse, and denied her appeal.

There are a couple of things I like about this article. One; the court didn't accept her excuse because she made the mistake of saying that this was an affliction she had been suffering from for a long time. They figured "a long time" meant she had plenty of time to seek help for this mind boggling illness. Two; the woman said that she never sought help because she was too embarrassed about it. Are you kidding me? Instead of privately seeking psychiatric help, skirting the chance of anyone finding out your nut-ball condition, you throw your silly phobia out there in the public courts so we can all partake in the laughter? Priceless.

I bring this article up because I am excited that there is still some common sense and reason left in a court somewhere in the world. I can't help but think that if this situation had occurred somewhere in the U.S. she would have been given a free pass, and her appeal would have been granted.

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