Another lawsuit that could only have been filed in the U.S. A California mother launched a class-action lawsuit against the makers of Nutella, claiming she was “shocked” to learn that Nutella wasn’t healthy (as its advertising claimed). I’m going to give this mother the benefit of the doubt and assume she did not actually believe that sugar and chocolate made for a healthy treat, in which case, this lawsuit is actually quite a brilliant move on her part – this was low-hanging fruit! Hope she kept enough UPC labels to claim the $4 per jar refund she would be entitled to.
And more brilliance from our stateside cousins. A 14-year-old girl in Atlanta reported to the police and to her school that she was being bullied on Facebook. Her bullies had created a fake Facebook page under her name and among other things, posted obscene comments on other friends’ pages. In predictable fashion, she was told nothing could be done because this activity was taking place outside the school. Most 14-year-olds would be upset and rightfully complain about the shortcomings of “the system”. But what does Alex Boston do? This take-charge girl sues her bullies for libel – BAM! I love it!
Quebec student protesters should try Afghanistan. It’s heartbreaking to read about girls in Afghanistan going to underground schools to try to get an education. Despite the fall of the Taliban, most girls (2 million of them!) are still forbidden to go to school, even though the U.S. and its allies have invested millions of dollars into female education. In northern Afghanistan last week, more than a hundred girls were poisoned by suspected militants – poisoned! – for wanting to go to school! Oceans away, there are people desperate for schooling, and yet the student protests in Quebec carry on, led by a spoiled and entitled generation, complaining about a tuition increase in the province where you can get the cheapest university education in the country. Learn about the trials of these young girls in Afghanistan; I think Quebec students would re-think the purpose of their protests pretty quickly.
And a question for the modern-day Miss Manners (because I already know that Miss Manners of a generation ago would wag her finger at me, and I choose to ignore it). If you offer to bring a dessert for dinner hosts and you make a killer one that took a lot of time and effort that you know you will not do again for a very long time, is there a diplomatic way to ask for the leftovers to take home? I mean, isn’t it your dessert? What? I’m just sayin’… (by the way, that expression is getting so tired, but I am too tired to think of another one right now).