The suit between
two teenagers the parents of two teenagers over a lost iPod has finally come to a close, after going on since last spring/summer. For those of you catching up on the story, 14-year-old Shannon Derrick lent her new iPod nano to her friend Stephanie Eick to listen to on their last day of middle school in June. Stephanie allegedly returned the nano to Shannon's desk when she was done, however when Shannon returned from wherever she was at the time, her nano was not there. Shannon's parents sued the Eicks over the lost iPod, its leather case, and some purchased iTunes songs. The girls' friendship was, we assume, ruined.
Thankfully, perhaps due to some of the bad press the lawsuit had received, the families finally decided to settle and not take the suit to court.
The settlement had Waubonsie Valley High School freshman Stephanie Eick, of Naperville, handing over her white, 30 gigabyte video iPod that she received last Christmas to Shannon Derrick, also a freshman at Waubonsie.
That's a pretty good deal, if you ask me. Honestly, I'm a little surprised that Stephanie Eicks' parents went for this, considering that they were pretty much against the lawsuit to begin with on the principle that it was frivolous over what was essentially an accident. But hey, what works for them works, right? Well…
Melanie McCarthy, Shannon’s mother, said she considers the used iPod offering “an insult.” The iPod has more space for songs and a video playback capability that Shannon’s iPod Nano did not have, but the screen and back were scratched and worn, compared to what she said was Shannon’s new iPod.
I (and a few of our readers I'm sure) have a few choice words to describe someone who considers this settlement arrangement to be an "insult," but that wouldn't be appropriate for an Infinite Loop article, now would it?
Despite this "insult," Shannon's mother has decided to put the 30GB iPod up for auction on eBay to raise money for Junior Crimestoppers. The iPod comes with one single song on it: "It is Twisted" by Anthony Hamilton/Santan. This woman and her little potshots never cease to amaze me.
Stephanie's father pointed out that, in the end, there's still someone out there who knows what really happened.
"Both kids are victims," he said. "A third kid stole the iPod … I was looking forward to having a trial."
Stephanie expects to receive a new video iPod soon, and Shannon "hopes" for the same.