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    Woman, 89, who kept boy's football, sues parents

    Someone looking for a quick buck!

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090101/...ootball_charge

    BLUE ASH, Ohio – An 89-year-old Cincinnati-area woman arrested for confiscating the neighbor kid's football is now suing the boy's parents. Edna Jester filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court claiming she has suffered emotional distress because footballs and other playthings belonging to her next-door neighbors keep landing in her yard.

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    "Emotional distress"???? That is crazy!

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    What a pitiful, cantankerous old woman! What a sad life she must have to be so vindictive against a child for a football landing in her yard! What a shame that she can't be a little kinder and forgiving of a child who lets a ball roll into her yard!

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    There is probably more to the story, then what is stated in the article. I have a sneaky suspicion that the elderly lady thinks the kids are doing this on purpose, especially if she talked with the parents about it.

    Yeah kids are going to be kids and play. But they also capable of understanding how to keep things in there own yard and not playing to close to the neighbors yard where the chance of something getting into the neighbors yard is high.

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    Reading further, I notice that the family has five kids and they continually throw toys into her yard. Now, if her yard is fenced and they expect this 89 yo woman to throw them back every time or have her arrested, like they did before, I'm starting to lean towards the elderly woman's side.

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    I can't believe the old woman was booked for petty theft! I'm sorry but if my kids were bothering my neighbors of any age, I would make sure it didn't happen- I'd take their toys away! At 89, that woman has earned the right to be cantankerous.

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    Goodness, I hope the neighbors don't have trees that have leaves blowing into her yard! The horror!!!! (((shudders))))

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    Could be the five kids are teasing the old lady causing her some grief. Could also be they throw things at her windows to make her come out knowing she will be perturbed. Wouldn't be the first time kids pick on elderly people.

    The parents should make sure the kids play in their own yard and home and not disturb the neighbors. If their yard isn't large enough for football then the parents should make sure the kids get some park/playground activity. Everyone has a right to privacy in their own home and yards.

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    Im always finding my neighbors childrens toys in my yard LOL, they know where they are , so they just come get them when they want them, no biggie, sounds to me like the children in the story are just agravating the neighbor lady who probably worries to no end, my grandmother was the same way
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    Quote Originally Posted by concernedperson View Post
    Could be the five kids are teasing the old lady causing her some grief. Could also be they throw things at her windows to make her come out knowing she will be perturbed. Wouldn't be the first time kids pick on elderly people.

    The parents should make sure the kids play in their own yard and home and not disturb the neighbors. If their yard isn't large enough for football then the parents should make sure the kids get some park/playground activity. Everyone has a right to privacy in their own home and yards.
    I have to admit- when we were kids, we lived on a little street with only a few neighbors. There was one lady (we called her old back then but honestly she was only about 50) who would yell at us for crossing her yard, so of course we called her "mean old lady P." Yes, once in a while we would pretend we were going to cut across her yard (to tease her) and while she was at work we would run willy nilly through her yard. All of that came to a screaching halt when all our parents went to her house and told her she had their permission to "whip our azzes".


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    Quote Originally Posted by concernedperson View Post
    Could be the five kids are teasing the old lady causing her some grief. Could also be they throw things at her windows to make her come out knowing she will be perturbed. Wouldn't be the first time kids pick on elderly people.

    The parents should make sure the kids play in their own yard and home and not disturb the neighbors. If their yard isn't large enough for football then the parents should make sure the kids get some park/playground activity. Everyone has a right to privacy in their own home and yards.
    I agree, and just had a talk with my kids about this issue the other day. They normally are very respectful, but the oldest mentioned something about 'how many times the ball would be going over the fence'. I said, 'not at all'. He said 'it can't be helped, our back yard isn't big enough' and I told him that's why it will be happening at the park.
    Hey, Casey...

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    When I was on yard duty as a teacher, I got hit on the head by basketballs and rubberballs a few times and I saw stars once. She could be afraid to even go out in the yard. I think it was over the top when an 89 year old woman was arrested for petty theft. There must have been altercations and warnings before about toys in yard etc and then everyone dug their heels in. Notice I said everyone...5 children, parents, and one elderly lady shuffling off to a police station for petty theft. Thank God the DA had common sense not to prosecute. I hope the elderly lady drops the suit on the condition the kids cooperate.
    I raised four children and a dog and they stayed in their own yard with their own posessions. They knew I did not have a lot of money (single mom) so they took care of their things. This could have been toned way down before it got so out of hand.

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    My mom is 79 and has a thirteen year old boy living next door. Let's see, he's egged her car, played ball in the front yard and hit my car. Throws sticks in her yard (my mom keeps her yard immaculate). Talking to his parents is useless. When she saw him outside (in his backyard) but pointing a BB gun at her bird feeder she sent my sister over to talk with them. The father said to his son "I told you to leave that old lady alone." It was disrespectful and shows why his son has no respect for my mother. This man is a reverend too (or so he claims).

    I bet there was a lot more to this than their toys being in her yard. Although I don't think she's helping matters any by suing the parents.

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    [QUOTE=lizzybeth;3122140]My mom is 79 and has a thirteen year old boy living next door. Let's see, he's egged her car, played ball in the front yard and hit my car. Throws sticks in her yard (my mom keeps her yard immaculate). Talking to his parents is useless. When she saw him outside (in his backyard) but pointing a BB gun at her bird feeder she sent my sister over to talk with them. The father said to his son "I told you to leave that old lady alone." It was disrespectful and shows why his son has no respect for my mother. This man is a reverend too (or so he claims).

    I bet there was a lot more to this than their toys being in her yard. Although I don't think she's helping matters any by suing the parents.[/QUOTE]

    Bolding mine.

    Sometimes the only way to get through to some people is through their pocketbook. Go Granny go!

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    The city should be helping the elderly lady put up a tall chain link fence instead of arresting her. That is disgraceful. I hope she wins the lawsuit. The people may be lousy renters and could move on, hopefully. Unruly kids can be a nightmare to live near. I should know, I went around smelling dog poop on my shoes for several days, but nothing was there. I finallly figured out the brat teens next door to me had dropped a glass vial of some type of stink bomb in my yard and I stepped on it. And, they've bounced a football off my vehicle a few times, too.

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