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

Whoops, missed it.

Well, that does explain a bit why Cathy was lenient with them. Probably figures that they can be straightened out without tossing them in juvie.

-Gray17

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

I don't think the parents are really blaming video games its just them punishing their kids.  Usually all things involving the TV was taken away when I was bad as a kid.

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

I would have gotten the same or worse punishment for getting anything less than a 4.0.  Their parents have spoiled them.  The least they should get is a summer of volunteer work.

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

i completely agree

the fact that they did vandalize the house in the first place tells you that they are spoiled and have no sense of action/ reaction.

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

How is this a fucking punishment?  Put the little vandals into Juvie for a few months, see if they decide to do it again.  They caused 30 THOUSAND dollars in damage, and they get a slap on the wrist?  That's like demolishing a new car, it'd be the same cost in damage.

What bullshit.  Fuck Cathy, the state should take them up on charges.

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

 Well, you would have to take into account that Mr.Cathy may have insurance that covers everything the girls did. He's more forgiving then i'd probably be though, but he also seems to understand how hard life can be when you have any kind of criminal record... his hope is probably that the punishment will be enough to get the girls to learn their lesson and keep them from doing something this stupid again... if it works out, this incident will have no lasting effects on their lives and they can go through life normally... if not, they'll commit another stupid crime, this time get the full punishment, and have their lives really screwed over. he's pretty much giving them a second chance... 

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Yeah, screw her for being a forgiving human being! Also for realizing that showing compassion is the only way to really make those girls realize that the "enemy" is all in their twisted hippy girl heads!

(I really hope you were being sarcastic too.)

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

Video games aren't being banned because they're a proximate cause of the vandalism. The girls are just being grounded by the courts. And yes, considering the damages done, they got off nicely. If I had $30K of damages done to me (well, if I had $30K worth of stuff to be damaged, and then someone damaged it) I would be far less forgiving.

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

"If I had $30K of damages done to me (well, if I had $30K worth of stuff to be damaged, and then someone damaged it) I would be far less forgiving."

 

Perhaps, but if you were a millionaire you might be a bit more forgiving (or willing to barter at the very least).

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

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

Agreed, unless some comments not included in the story give more video game specific context, this strikes me as a removal of privileges, rather than any particular damnation of video games per se.

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

Do the courts have a legal position to do this?

@GP: Don't diss chick-fil-a.

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

 I don't think the courts are involved at all... this is all an agreement between the parents and Mr.Cathy. If Mr.Cathy does not press charges against the girls, then the courts don't get involved

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

LOL, I knew I'd irritate the Chick-fil-A fans... Sorry,couldn't resist.

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

That is nicely lenient considering what they did, but it's also a fairly standard parental punishment.  I can remember a few times I lost the right to watch TV and play Game Boy.

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

Aw, c'mon, the food ain't THAT bad...

Seriously, though; that is a very lenient punishment, considering the amount of damage.

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

1,000 lines? No TV or games?

Somehow I'm not sure these punishments tackle the causes of the problem, lenient though they may be.

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

LOL... I'm not a fan, but I think the billboard is funny.

 
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