The Crying Game
Protein Wisdom is following the strange case of the judge who is suing the dry cleaner for $54 million after he was given the wrong pair of pants. "When he returned, he called that moment when Chung offered him the wrong pants 'a Twilight Zone experience,' and again, he welled up and had to halt the proceedings."
Pundits have charted the "Diana-fication" of Britain as a popular cultural indicator of its social health. Suing the laundryman half a hundred million for a pair of trousers probably falls into the category of comedy more than serious news, one hopes. A law blog points out the "Hiltonization" of US News.
So what do Judge Larry Seindlin (of Anna Nicole fame), Paris Hilton and now Roy Pearson (of the $54 million-dollar pants suit) have in common? All have been laughed at for crying in court.
But for the Korean laundryman, there was nothing funny about the suit.
Shop owner Soo Chung, an immigrant from South Korea, was not so amused. Economically, emotionally, and health-wise as well, it's been extremely hard for us," Chung said through an interpreter as she broke down crying. It has cost tens of thousands of dollars to defend against the lawsuit, with a quarter of that covered by donations, a spokeswoman said.