Cookie Girls Must Be Punished!

What is this world coming to if girls think they can bake cookies for their neighbors and get away with it? Have they no shame, performing acts of kindness upon unsuspecting people? Here’s an example of the “vandalism” these two girls, Taylor and Lindsey, performed upon their neighbors:

The July 31 deliveries consisted of half a dozen chocolate-chip and sugar cookies accompanied by big hearts cut out of red or pink construction paper with the message: “Have a great night.”

The audacity! The horror! What kind of evil intent did these two girls have? Why just look:

The notes were signed, “Love, The T and L Club,” code for Taylor Ostergaard, then 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitti, 18.

What’s worse, the parents were in on it:

But Taylor had asked her father’s permission to bake cookies for the neighbors after livestock-tending chores were done.

“I said, ‘Go ahead, as long as I get some cookies,”‘ Richard Ostergaard said Thursday.

Children Protective Services should get involved. What were these two girls thinking? Avoiding an after-hours activity at the school, maybe?

Two teenage girls decided one summer’s evening to skip a dance where there might be cursing and drinking to stay home and bake cookies for their neighbors.

One of the neighbors did not like it. No, she did not like it one little bit that girls would knock on her door and leave cookies. Wanita Renea Young had this to say about these two hooligans:

Young said the girls showed “very poor judgment.”

Wanita Young had a panic attack from two teenage girls knocking on her door (horrors!) and sued the little rascals. That’ll teach them!

How did the girls respond? Why, they apologized and offered to pay her medical bills! This can not be tolerated!

The girls wrote letters of apology to Young. Taylor’s letter, written a few days after the episode, said in part: “I didn’t realize this would cause trouble for you. … I just wanted you to know that someone cared about you and your family.”

The families had offered to pay Young’s medical bills if she would agree to indemnify the families against future claims.

No way, says Wanita Young. Sue the girls! Sue them! Sue them! Sue them for their own protection!

“Something bad could have happened to them,” [Young] said.

Of course she shouldn’t settle. What sort of message would that send to other sugar cookie baking rascals?

Young wouldn’t sign the agreement. She said the families’ apologies rang false and weren’t delivered in person. The matter went to court.

The judge, wisely, threw the girls in prison and forbade them from baking cookies ever again fined them $900. They got off light, if you ask me. Should have received jail time.

How did Wanita react?

“The victory wasn’t sweet,” Young said Thursday afternoon. “I’m not gloating about it. I just hope the girls learned a lesson.”

She’s disappointed the girls didn’t get jail time, either. But the girls sure learned a lesson:

Taylor’s mother, Jill Ostergaard, said her daughter “cried and cried” after Judge Doug Walker handed down his decision in La Plata County Small Claims Court.

“She felt she was being punished for doing something nice,” Jill Ostergaard said.

Jail time. That’s what I say. Mandatory jail time for possession of cookies with intent to distribute. Throw the whole lot of them in the slammer and let them rot.

Court records contain half a dozen letters from neighbors who said that they enjoyed the unexpected treats.

The cookies were good. It was a nice surprise. They weren’t scared.

“We feel that knocking on a door and leaving cookies is a gesture of kindness and would not create an anxiety attack in the general public,” Taylor’s parents wrote to the court.

A half a dozen letter of support? About tasty cookies?!? Throw those so-called “thankful” neighbors in jail, too, on conspiracy charges.

No kindness should ever go unpunished. Bah.