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#1 Hum

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:02

Attorney David Schorr slapped a court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding a custody battle with his estranged wife that he was an unfit parent — for refusing to take his son to the fast food joint for dinner.

“You’d think it was sexual molestation,” Schorr, 43, told The Post Thursday. “I am just floored by it.”

Schorr says in his Manhattan Supreme Court suit that E. 97th Street psychiatrist Marilyn Schiller filed a report saying he was “wholly incapable of taking care of his son” and should be denied his weekend visitation over the greasy burger ban.

Schorr, a corporate attorney turned consultant with degrees from NYU and Oxford University, had planned to take his 4-year-old son to their usual restaurant, the Corner Café on Third Avenue, for his weekly Tuesday night visitation last week.

But the boy threw a temper tantrum and demanded McDonald’s. So he gave his son an ultimatum: dinner anywhere other than McDonald’s — or no dinner.

“The child, stubborn as a mule, chose the ‘no dinner’ option,” the disgruntled dad says in the suit.

“It was just a standoff. I’m kicking myself mightily,” Schorr said.

“I wish I had taken him to McDonalds, but you get nervous about rewarding bad behavior. I was concerned. I think it was a 1950s equivalent of sending your child to bed without dinner. That’s maybe the worst thing you can say about it,” he said.

Adding insult to injury, he said: “My wife immediately took him to McDonalds.”

Upon reflection, Schorr said he should have remembered that mother knows best.

“The first thing I did was I questioned myself,” he recalled.

“Had I done something wrong? I did what any 43-year-old Jewish man would do — I told my mother. I said, ‘My God, did I do something wrong here?’

“Even my mother, the strictest mother in the world, said, ‘Why didn’t you just take him to McDonalds? What were you thinking? You know that this is a divorce situation.’”

Before dropping his son off at his wife’s E. 84th Street building, Schorr says he tried to make light of the situation by horsing around with him and trying one last time to change his mind about dinner.

But the son apparently tattled on his dad and his wife flipped out and called the shrink, according to the suit.

Schorr claims that Dr. Schiller only interviewed the child and his mother and never asked for his side of the story before telling the court she was gravely concerned about Schorr’s parenting.

Bari Yunis Schorr sued her husband for a divorce in 2011, just four years after they married in a lavish ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.

She recently filed motions asking the judge to punish her husband for flouting court orders and for a judgment on nonpayment of child support.

Her attorney, Louis I. Newman, declined to comment on the McDonald’s matter.

“It’s a litigation between Mr. Schorr and Mrs. Schiller,” Newman said.

In the past two and a half years that he has had partial custody of his son their time together “has run smoothly without incident” save a scraped knee, Schorr insists in the suit.

He wants the shrink to return the $2,750 he paid for the evaluation.

Dr. Schiller told the Post she could not comment on the details of the incident. She only sad, “I am conducting a forensic evaluation on this matter. I will be issuing a confidential report to the court and the matter will be tried by the court.”

The custody trial resumes in December when the judge will ultimately decide if Schorr is fit to parent his son.

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#2 Nick H.

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:08

I think it was a 1950s equivalent of sending your child to bed without dinner.

It was better than the 1950's equivalent. If anything he was doing the child a favour!

How silly this all is. Apparently making one "bad" judgement call is enough to be judged as an irresponsible person. I'd have done the exact same thing as the dad in the situation, probably.

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:14

The shrin, the "mom" and anyone that agrees with them are the unfit ones, kid needs to learn early on in life about limits and not always getting what you want, especially crap like McD 



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:15

No greasy cheeseburger ?! Sadist ! :woot:



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:21

Sad.  the only person actually being a real parent in this story, is the one accused of being unfit.

 

That psychologist needs to be terminated.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:30

No wonder (most of the) young ones these days grow up to be idiots and self-centered. Parents like this kid's mom should never be allowed to have children.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:45

I agree 100% with all above posts!

 

Absolutely ridiculous what goes on in the world now a days!



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 13:00

I'm guessing this a pretty one side story ;). Sounds to me it was not so much his decision to not go to mcdonalds. But rather his decision to not give food at all that evening.

 

Not that I think that would hurt the child long term, mind you :p. But anyway, there probably is a lot more to this story.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 14:04

Any government powerful enough to give the people all that they want is also powerful enough to take from the people all that they have--including, but not limited to your children--in this case: the right to discipline a child.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 14:12

I bet the mother's eyes lit up with glee that her son just handed her some ammo to use against the dad.

 

Sad stae of affairs. I'm completely behind the dad's decision. That kid is soon going to wish he wasn't a little brat if his dad is no longer allowed access. He'll probably be enjoying the twisted "I won" mentality of the moment right now without realising what repercussions his actions have had.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 14:18

He'll probably be enjoying the twisted "I won" mentality of the moment right now without realising what repercussions his actions have had.

 

The kid is 4. The only thing he was enjoying was a McDonalds Happy Meal.  He has no concept whatsoever of the repercussions of "telling" on his dad or himself for not giving in to him, he just wanted some McD's.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 14:19

Id of said sorry for not letting my son become a statistic in an obesity epidemic, may not be fat now but hes on the road to it



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 14:27

it was not that long ago when i was a child and parents were allowed to hit you, (even the school principal was allowed to hit you with a paddle 3 times) and going to bed without supper if you were being stubborn is just how it was. nowadays you look at your kid wrong and they are hauling you off to prison for abuse.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 14:28

The kid is 4. The only thing he was enjoying was a McDonalds Happy Meal.  He has no concept whatsoever of the repercussions of "telling" on his dad or himself for not giving in to him, he just wanted some McD's.

 

Yep, doesn't mean he won't kick himself in a few years for it. His dad didn't do anything wrong and one day the kid will realise that.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 14:51

I bet the mother's eyes lit up with glee that her son just handed her some ammo to use against the dad.

 

Sad stae of affairs. I'm completely behind the dad's decision. That kid is soon going to wish he wasn't a little brat if his dad is no longer allowed access. He'll probably be enjoying the twisted "I won" mentality of the moment right now without realising what repercussions his actions have had.

The irony that has me laughing now is that the mother has gotten exactly what she wanted... and now she gets to deal with a spoiled brat that will probably get worse under her enabling, um... "parenting skills". Another kid with an entitlement complex...

 

But otherwise this is disturbing. I will say the grandmother did have a point in that he maybe should have been more careful until the divorce was over, but his rights as a parent are being totally screwed. That kid deserved his no-dinner punishment (actually it was his choice!), plus he probably needed a good old-fashion ass-whooping to boot. 

 

What really makes me mad now though is that while this father is supposedly unfit to be a parent, I'm sure he'll still have to pay up. 

 

 

Yep, doesn't mean he won't kick himself in a few years for it. His dad didn't do anything wrong and one day the kid will realise that.

I hope you're right.