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Saturday, February 05, 2005
The Latest Tort: Baking Cookies
Posted 7:03 PM by Brian D.
Two friendly teen-age girls were ordered to pay medical costs for a neighbor after the pair delivered home made cookies.
Wanita Renea Young, 49, filed a lawsuit complaining that the unsolicited cookies, left at her house after the girls knocked on her door, had triggered an anxiety attack that sent her to the hospital the next day.

Two two girls, ages 17 and 18, "baked cookies as a surprise for several of their rural Colorado neighbors on July 31 and dropped off small batches on their porches, accompanied by red or pink paper hearts and the message: "Have a great night."" The girls wished to avoid a dance where "there might be cursing and drinking." Six neighbors wrote letters thanking the two girls for the care packages.

However Wanita Young was frightened by the knock on her front door. She went to the hospital the next morning fearing she suffered a heart attack. The judge "did not award punitive damages. He said he did not think the girls had acted maliciously but that 10:30 was fairly late at night for them to be out."

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