Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A Millionaire's Home

August 1, 2008 -

Two girls accused of trashing the New Smyrna Beach, Florida home of Chick-fil-A restaurant chain founder S. Truett Cathy will be banned from video games as part of their punishment.

The girls, who caused $30,000 in damage are also banned from watching TV, must read a good book and complete a writing assignment. From the Associated Press:

In a deal Cathy worked out with their parents, the girls must write "I will not vandalize other people's property" 1,000 times... the pre-teens broke into Cathy's Florida home two weeks ago and sprayed fire extinguishers, threw eggs and left water running in the kitchen.

The 87-year-old Cathy... said he didn't want to prosecute the girls and leave them with a criminal record.

GP: There's no clear reason why video games were banned. It's likely the old-school notion that they somehow promote sloth. All in all, however, this is a very forgiving arrangement by Mr. Cathy. After all, the girls could have been made to eat at Chick-fil-A. Now that's punishment...


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Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A ...

Thanks good job;

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

 

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Nintendo is indeed selling SOME of these on the Virtual Console but not even close to all of them. While i agree in part to his piracy he was filling a market that Nintendo failed to recognize. Maybe someone doesnt want to buy a Wii. maybe they just want a console with 50 - 100 NES games on them?? maybe just maybe?

but no Nintendo wants everyone araba kiralama to buy the Wii. thats their excuse but thats not what copyright is supposed to protect. i am real sure that the makers of 10 yard fight were losing sleep because they were missing out on their $0.00025 worth because they didnt get royalties from this player. *smirk*

my question is, should Super Mario Bros. be banned from public domain forever? isnt 23 years enough time for Nintendo to have made their profits?

If you have followed the Steamboat Willie case regarding Mickey Mouse you can rest in your bed well at night knowing that the MOUSE will still be under copyright law, away from public domain after your great grandchildren are in nursing homes. That is beyond ridiculous dont you think??

Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it's due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA's Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there's no one left on the Board.

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

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Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

That order smacks of "Oh, you damn kids need to read a good book, and get some fresh air and work with your hands instead of looking at my spaces on the computer machine! Get off my lawn!"

If you want to really teach them a lesson, fine them, and throw them in prison for a couple of weeks. (or juvinile hall, if that's the case)

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

These "agreements" absolutely sicken me to my stomach.

If I were one of these girls I would have simply said "Fuck you, send me to jail instead."

And come back much later with Molotov cocktails.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Loss of TV and Videogames?  Lines? Read a book?  What kind of pansy ass punishment is that?  If that was me, youd have to ask my parents to draw a map to the body.  Chalk this up to parents not taking responsibility in raising their children.  How about....make them work for Mr. Cathy to pay 30,000 worth in damages.  Arg, I hate parents that dont parent

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Yep, they need a spanking.. Anyone know their address?? ^_^

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Damn they got off pretty easily, Cathy seems like one swell fellow, I would have wanted some cash at least :(

Why did they do this shit in the first place?

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

 They're pre-teen.  They're stupid.  Ground their asses for a few months, and make them WORK for the guy whose property they destroyed.  The'll have to face him every work day while he assigns chores and duties.  They get skills AND work experience, and learn a bit in the process.  Given the amount of damage done, make it 1000 hours at least (and that's overvaluing their time a LOT).

 

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Wow, they aren't even sent to their rooms and can still use their cell phones?

Dang, its like they aren't even trying to punish them...

Seriously shouldn't they be forced to do community service for a year or two???

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

yeah. Maybe those girls did "favors".

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

What the fuck is "Chick fill-A"?

 

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Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

It's a fast-food chain that serves chicken, based primarily in the Southeast U.S.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

It has made its way to the mid west too...

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They should be forced to only be allowed to each Chick-fil-a on sundays, and eat it every day for dinner until they have paid $30,000.  (Looks like they wont be eating on sundays then with that idea... EXACTLY)

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 " There's no clear reason why video games were banned. It's likely the old-school notion that they somehow promote sloth."

Man, GP, you've been listening to all of those attacks on games to much... you can't seem to tell the difference between a negative statement about video games and classic parental punishment; take away anything the kids find enjoyable

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Why are they ban from playing video games? everyone knows girls don't play video games.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Well, first off, I do find Chick-Fil-A's food to not be all too bad at all. I'd take them over most of what you'd get at McD's anyways. Second off, I think that they did get off good, I mean, I don't think the Chick-Fil-A guy is a "Teh Video Games must die!!!!1111" type of guy, and No TV and Video Games seems like a good ol' Fashion punishment even in this case (though admittingly, a very leaniant one.)

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While I applaud his ability to forgive and forget, I must admit that Mr. Cathy really isn't doing these girls any favors here. When I was a kid, I got worse punishment than this for skipping school. Did it cause me to not skip school anymore? Of course not. They can crank out the thousand sentences in a couple of days, and you damn well better believe they are just going to go watch tv at their friends' houses.

So congratulations, Mr. Cathy, on showing these two young girls that if they just act sorry enough after the fact, they can get away with serious crimes such as causing $30k worth of damage to someone's private property.

As for Chick-fil-A....my girlfriend likes them more than I do, although they are okay by me. My main gripe is that they are not open on Sundays.

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Who needs videogames as long as they dont ban internet viral videos I will be gold.  Just watchin the new Risque Agency as we speak and its freakin hilarious.

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Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Actually, they were banned because a punishment just isn't a punishment when gaming can take the edge off. YOU MUST FEEL THE COMPLETE BURN.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Slow day for news?  They got grounded...  I guess I wonder why it has to be a "but why did they lose videogames"?  thing.  Starting to think the gamer crowd is getting a little overly sensitive/defensive.  (beep) I know when I was young I'd lose my games when I got in trouble.  It's not because game make kids vandalize things, it's because kids like games and it's a punishment.

I don't know.  Maybe I'm missing the point here, but I don't see this as news.

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Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Yeah I think most people here agree that the "video game" part of the story is irrevelant, but what's more important is the fact that they are spoiled and got off with literally no punishment, so it's a more social issue than anything.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

While I do agree that punishment was a bit light, I am slightly tickled at the creativity and restraint that was given in deciding how they should be punished. As much of a forgiving person as I am, I doubt I'd show that much compasion to that level of vandalism.

 

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Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

They banned these girls from playing video games after doing $30,000 worth of damage? Really? Send them over for some "occupational" work in southeast asia, and they won't ever be doing $30,000 worth of damage to anyone's home ever again.

 

While not quite as bad (since no animal cruelty involved), these girls belong up there with the "Teenage Kings of Werribe" and the adolescents who microwaved a cat while vandalizing a house in Canada.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Anyone care to speculate if this story would be any different if two boys did the same?  Or better yet, two black boys?  Hmmm?  Anyone?

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Hey now, no need to bring race into this. Though I do agree to an extent...those from the not-white-and-rich class would be screwed...I'm only middle class and my dad would KILL me if I did that.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

I had worse punishments then this from forgetting to say "sir" or "ma'am" to anyone older then me. I got grounded for four months for getting a D.

If I had done $30,000 worth of damage  would be grounded for years.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Hey I like Chik-fil-A. And when I misbehaved as a lad, I often lost videogame privileges as punishment. It's not about sloth, it's about taking away something you enjoy.

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The worst problem I saw here is that reading is considered a punishment.

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This seems like excellent punishment, a combination of someone caring enough to work it out privately and a stern punishment to fit the would-be-crimes.  I think this should be an example for parents on how to use the video game as punishment.  It's simply a way to make life a little harder.  Hell, for $30,000 damages, I'd sell everything they had.

It's not mentioned in the article, but I'd make sure they were too busy to trash peoples houses for a long time.

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while this may be some entertaining news isn't reporting this the same thing we cry over the mainstream media doing where they take a story and tie it to games in any way they can?

it seems to me to be a case of a settlement with the parents to ground the kids, and among those things is video games, this is pretty common because kids enjoy games, kids dont enjoy not enjoying themself and thus it is an effective punishment but by focusing on the games part of that list when it is not called for is poiting it out as a special case which is exactly what we are trying to stop from happening.

 

Don't get me wrong, I love this site and you do awesome and much needed work but I feel even reporting on articles like this just slows us down.

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

Well we are more just talking about the politics (or rather, how these girls should be punished), so it's somewhat related. It's a fairly interesting story, even if it's not blantantly videogame related...

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How does the man not know that juvinile records are sealed after they turn 18?

Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

I have to agree that this is WAY too soft of a punishment.  It's not like toilet papering the front lawn or leaving a burning bag of dog poop on the front porch.  We're talking thousands of dollars of property damage.

But then, I also have trouble dealing with the Amish idea of forgiveness too.  If someone wants to forgive a terrible act, so be it.  It would probably be hard for me to do.

And yet, at the same time, no criminal record means if they do something terrible again, there'll be no evidence that they hadn't "learned their lesson" after a prior bad act.  Hence, the next time will seem like the first time.

Like others, I'm curious as to their reasons for having committed this act.

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Re: Video Game Ban for Girls Who Trashed Chick-fil-A

30,000 dollars is a lot but as other have pointed out the fact that the guy's a millionaire means he probably has expensive stuff lying around. Bring moderate damage to a rug or a painting and the costs will go way up.

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What the hell is wrong with Chick-Fil-A

I know this is a tangent, but damn; what's with the Chick-Fil-A hatin'?

I worked there for a number of years during my teens, and I still eat there.  Their food is expensive, but it is also higher-than-typical quality.  They actuall bread and fry or grill their chicken on the premises.  This means you're not getting some pre-breaded, pre-cooked, pre-shaped peice of chicken suasage like you typically get from places like McDonald's... you're getting actual fresh chicken breast meat, breaded, fried up and thrown on a bun just minutes before you're eating it.

If you don't like it, that's fine;  but it's not just some low-quality garbage.

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So what was their motivation for trashing his place anyway?  I know Chick-Fil-A and Mr. Cathy make no bones about their ties to conservative Christian organizations and the Christian faith (which is the reason why I hardly eat there.  That and the food is only so-so.)  Was it an act of rebellion, then?  Or just a simple case of kids lashing out?

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It sounds to me like videogames were banned for the same reasons TV was.  They're something the kids would enjoy doing, so they're being denied the games as punishment.  I personally think the brats should've been punished more severely.  There's nothing worse than overpriviledged, spoiled rich s***s, like those girls likely are.

Also, Chick-fil-A has some great chicken sandwiches.

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These girls need more punishment... according to Cathy, he stated he didn't want them having a criminal record. If they are preteens, they won't HAVE a criminal record, as it would be wiped clean by the time they are 18.

Dennis doesn't like Chik-fil-a?

We love it here down south. It's better then than most any fast food place when it comes to chicken sandwiches. To be honest, though, I think Georgia and Florida are testing grounds for certain new menu items, so I've seen some good stuff on the menu. Bit pricey too.

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Hell, I've never even heard of the place.

You're right tho, these girls need a bigger punishment. Reasons are all said in above comments, I don't need to repeat them

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the girls are pre-teens, aka the age where kids do STUPID THINGS. Sending them to 'Juvie' would probably not exactly be a good idea. Sure, they caused a ton of damage, and if  the house didn't belong to, er, a MILLIONARE, the punishment would probably be a lot worse.

Taking away TV and Videogames is punishment enough for a kid that age. Forcing them to write those 1000 sentences is torture, as is making them *gasp* READ SOMETHING.

So... yeah, what the kids did was BAD, but sending children that age to what amounts to a prison is not a good way to discipline them. A good spanking might help tho :|

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I wish I could agree, Mazinja. I've been in to juvie centers, and can tell you that many of them come back.

Stupid things preteens do includes creating disasters, but not $30,000 worth of it. Breaking into a house, spray-painting it, leaving the running water on... those are things that rebelious teens or stupid adult criminals do, not preteens. But kids at the age of 10 or 11 that plan and create dangerous acts by themseleves? Unless something more dramatic steps in, like weekly vists to therapy, good parenting, and a better use of time, they are on their way to be lifelong prison mates.

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There was no spray-paint involved.  Fire extinguishers, eggs, and running water, all relatively juvinile pranks.  As for the$30,000 in damages, it may be less difficult than you think depending on what he had in his home.  In some homes, causing $30,000 in damages is as simple as bumping into a table and knocking over a vase.

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Seeing as he's likely quite wealthy, and wealthy people tend not to buy cheap things (in terms of either quality or price) it probably wouldn't take all that much to rack up the damages. Particularly as they were using fire extinguishers, which tend to messy, and damaging. Wreck a couple of good paintings and rugs, and you could easily get waaaaaaaaaaaaaay up there. Furniture (particularly any antique pieces) needing repairs or replacement also would total up quite a bit. To a couple of pre-teens it'd appear to be superficial damage to only a few things. To anyone that actually knowledgable, it'd be signficant damage to a valuable item.

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This is hardly worth posting here, video games aren't blamed, demonized, or slandered. It's just parents grounding their kids by restricting enjoyable things and enforcing a few not so enjoyable activities, like reading, chores, ect. Plus those girls got off easy.

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Reading and writing aren't enjoyable?

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It's only unenjoyable if someone else makes you do it. Otherwise I greatly enjoy a good book and putting a pen to paper.

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There's no clear reason why video games were banned.

That's easy, video games were banned along with TV. The old guy didn't want them thrown into jail, so he's having them grounded/given detention instead.

I'd be curious to learn how old the girls are. Since we aren't given their names, I'm guessing they're still minors, but old enough to be charged as adults.

-Gray17

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the AP said pre-teen...

 
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