A New York woman who took her family to visit the Maritime Aquarium has filed a $100 claim against the city, saying her child’s shoes, along with the entire outing, were ruined when her 1-year-old stepped in dog feces early last month outside the Maritime Garage.
Norwalk officials will deny the claim, city attorney M. Jeffry Spahr said.
“The official response is her claim is denied and poop happens,” he said.
The claim by Mahopac, N.Y., resident, Kelly DeBrocky was filed with the city clerk on April 7. It came across Spahr’s desk yesterday.
Spahr said he has seen some frivolous claims, but the feces claim reeks.
“Some wacky stuff comes across. I don’t know if people are more litigious. My opinion is two things are at play. No. 1, people are resistant to taking responsibility for their own actions and No. 2, they feel there always has to be somebody to blame,” he said.
Other claims without merit, Spahr said, include a boater who blamed the city after his boat, docked at the city marina, filled up with water in a heavy rainstorm and sank, and parents who hold the city responsible when their children fall and injure themselves on playground monkey bars.
Spahr also cited a suit by boxer Travis Simms two days before he won the super-welterweight title in January 2007.
Simms said that a 2005 injury he suffered during a basketball game at Benjamin Franklin School due to city negligence sidelined his boxing career for two years.
The city is waiting to see whether Simms will drop the case amicably.
Spahr said that long after that is resolved, lawyers in his office will still be talking about the feces claim.
“That’s kind of way up there in a take-the-cake kind of thing,” he said.
The mother claims she had to discard her toddler’s clothes and shoes and return home after the incident, and wants reimbursement. Spahr’s response: “I’m also having a tough time picturing why (the child) had to be bathed after stepping in this unless he thought it was some kind of poop sandbox.” (Alexandra Fenwick, “City: Mom’s claim stinks”, Stamford Advocate, May 8 (via Romenesko)).