Is it just us, or are people especially lawsuit-happy these days?
Take Cynthia Shackelford's lawsuit against her husband's mistress. The North Carolina woman successfully sued the other woman for $9 million, on the grounds that the affair had ruined her marriage. To us, this sounds like (understandable but) misplaced anger. But it doesn't hold a candle to the latest news.
Gabriella Nagy, a Toronto native, engaged in an affair that lasted just a few weeks. Her husband eventually discovered her infidelity and, evidently, having no one to blame but herself…she blamed her cell phone company. 4 Ways Text Messaging Changed Dating
(Allow this Love Buzzer to pause as she grapples with the desire to hunt this woman down, grab her by the shoulders and shake her, shouting over and over: Why!? Why!? This is your fault! Take responsibility, you crazy woman! Why!?)
Ahem. Here's the lowdown: Basically, Nagy maintained a cell phone plan under her maiden name. But when her husband decided to open a landline and Internet account in his own name, the cell phone provider—Rogers Wireless Inc.—lumped the bills together, as they were going to the same address. The company did so without notifying Nagy of the change in billing procedure.
When Nagy's husband received his bill, he noticed that his wife had made several hours-long calls to a specific number. Suspicious, he called the number, and the person at the other end confirmed the affair. The couple has since divorced and, because her unhappy home life affected her work performance, Nagy has also lost her job.
Nagy is suing the phone company for $600,000, for "invasion of privacy and breach of contract." Does she deserve to win? (You may have intuited my response to that question, but feel free to discuss in the comments below.)
The more important question, however, is this: When did people stop taking responsibility for their own actions? And why are they showing such a lapse in moral judgment in such a public way? Did Nagy feel remorse for her infidelity? And why didn't Shackelford direct her anger toward her husband, rather than his mistress? Why didn't she focus on the problems within her marriage? Is Rielle Hunter To Blame For Edwards' Affair?
Okay. So those are five questions. But they're all related. Please discuss.