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Durango Duo Delivered Dough; Dealt Dollar Deficiency

or, Will The Real Cookie Monster Stand Up?

OK, I'll bite.

Two Durango, Colorado teenagers elected to stay home one summer evening instead of attending a dance. Not big news.

They decided to bake cookies and deliver them to their neighbors, complete with construction paper cut-out hearts that said, "Have a great night." Still not big news.

Until they got sued.

For delivering cookies to their neighbors at 10:30 at night.

Go ahead. Read that last sentence again. Try to figure out what tort they committed. What did they do wrong?

According to a small claims judge, they did $900 worth of wrong. A neighbor who received the cookies got frightened when the girls delivered the cookies by "banging and banging" on the door, and when the neighbor answered it and asked who was there, no one answered. She saw figures running off.

She thought the "figures" were burglars. With a call to the sheriff, she determined nothing was wrong, and that the cookie delivery was alright. But she was still shaken up. She left home, shaking and with an upset stomach, to stay at a friend's house. Not better by the next morning, she went to the hospital with what she thought might be a heart attack.

Some $900 later, she went home. She raised a ruckus about it, and the teenager's families apologized and offered to pay her medical expenses. She declined, saying that the apologies "rang false," according to the February 6, 2005 Denver Post article.

Then, the neighbor sued. For $3,000. She criticized the girls and said they "showed very poor judgment." The Judge awarded $1.00 plus the neighbor's expenses. He didn't award punitive damages, or the neighbor's request for motion-sensitive lights for her front porch.

So, who's the cookie monster here?

Judge, neighbor or teenage girls?

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