Ordinarily, not taking kids out for a fast food dinner is a sign of good parenting. However, when a custody battle is involved, it could mean that you’re the devil.
David Schorr, an attorney turned consultant with degrees from NYU and Oxford University, had originally planned to take his 4-year old son to a cafe they frequented during his weekly Tuesday night visits. However, the boy threw a tantrum and demanded they go to McDonald’s. Schorr refused to take him there–mainly on the grounds that the boy had been eating too much fast food.
The father then gave his son an ultimatum: Choose any other restaurant for dinner, or no dinner at all. The boy chose the no-dinner route.
Shortly thereafter, the boy’s mother (who filed for divorce in 2011) called the court-appointed psychologist who’s assigned to their ongoing custody case. After interviewing only the mother and the boy, the shrink promptly decided that the father should lose weekend visitation rights because he’s “wholly incapable of taking care of his son.”
Read more after the break…
From the New York Post:
“The child, stubborn as a mule, chose the ‘no dinner’ option,” the disgruntled dad says in the suit.
“It was just a standoff. I’m kicking myself mightily,” Schorr said.
“I wish I had taken him to McDonalds, but you get nervous about rewarding bad behavior. I was concerned. I think it was a 1950s equivalent of sending your child to bed without dinner. That’s maybe the worst thing you can say about it,” he said.
Adding insult to injury, he said: “My wife immediately took him to McDonalds.”
Upon reflection, Schorr said he should have remembered that mother knows best.
“The first thing I did was I questioned myself,” he recalled.
“Had I done something wrong? I did what any 43-year-old Jewish man would do — I told my mother. I said, ‘My God, did I do something wrong here?’
“Even my mother, the strictest mother in the world, said, ‘Why didn’t you just take him to McDonalds? What were you thinking? You know that this is a divorce situation.’”
Schorr has slapped the court-appointed psychologist with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding his custody battle that he is an unfit parent.
“You’d think it was sexual molestation,” Schorr, 43, told The Post Thursday. “I am just floored by it.”
(via The Consumerist)