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Solace92

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#1 8 years ago

4-year old children can be sued and held responsible in civil courts in the US now. This is crazy.

Citing cases dating back as far as 1928, a judge has ruled that a young girl accused of running down an elderly woman while racing a bicycle with training wheels on a Manhattan sidewalk two years ago can be sued for negligence.

“A parent’s presence alone does not give a reasonable child carte blanche to engage in risky behavior such as running across a street,” the judge wrote. He added that any “reasonably prudent child,” who presumably has been told to look both ways before crossing a street, should know that dashing out without looking is dangerous, with or without a parent there. The crucial factor is whether the parent encourages the risky behavior; if so, the child should not be held accountable.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/nyregion/29young.html




Joe Bonham

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#2 8 years ago

Using the same logic, the parents could sue the elderly woman's family for letting her wander around on the street by herself. Completely ridiculous.




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#3 8 years ago

Yes, you can, do you know how many people out there, men and women are trying to find their exes and get them to pay for back child support.




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#4 8 years ago

Crazy US people :vikki: :p

The fault rests with the parents alone.




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#5 8 years ago

So a four-year old can sued for negligence? I thought minors lacked a developed sense of reasoning and that's why they're not treated the same way as adults when it at the least comes to criminal cases.

Suing a 4-year old for running into you with their bike on the sidewalk? What has this world come to? Let me guess, the 4-year old should have been riding their bike on the street?

Dear old lady, put in your hearing aids and be aware of your surroundings. If you can't realize there's a kid on a bike coming in your direction, how are you supposed to be aware if a car or truck is coming at you? I don't want to hate on old people in general, because my grandmother is one of these almost completely oblivious senior citizens. Half the time she doesn't wear her hearing aids when she goes out, she doesn't look before crossing the street and expects the world to cater to her because she's in her eighties.




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#6 8 years ago

ScOrPY;5419469Crazy US people :vikki: :p

The fault rests with the parents alone.

Really? So it's their fault that some old geezer who should've been in a nursing home stumbled in front of their kids bikes?




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#7 8 years ago

I find that absolutely absurd; with the lack of 'intellectual' maturation, how would they know what they were doing? I swear, people are always in it for the money.




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#8 8 years ago
Bohemund;5419737Really? So it's their fault that some old geezer who should've been in a nursing home stumbled in front of their kids bikes?

What, so all elderly people should be confined to nursing homes?




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#9 8 years ago

Geez, I swear, some of you make generalizations more than you suck air.

*c wut I did thar?


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#10 8 years ago

This is so absurd that it'll probably be changed later.