The New York court system had an interesting case land on their desk this week. Two New York parents are suing their 30-year-old son, who refuses to move out of their home. According to BBC, the son, Michael Rotondo, does not pay rent or help with chores. He also reportedly ignored his parents' offer of $1,100 to help him move out.
In court, Michael is arguing that his parents did not give him "enough notice to leave". Why go so far as suing him? According to their lawyer, Anthony Adorante, the couple did not know what else to do. When they visited their local town court to ask is Michael could legally be evicted, they were told a Supreme Court justice would have to make the official order that Michael leave.
WSLS reports that Mark and Christina Rotondo have been trying to evict Michael for four months. Over that time, they have given him five written notices to leave. In one of the notices, they wrote, "Michael, after a discussion with your mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately. You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision. Mark and Christina Rotondo." In another note, they suggested he start making money. "There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one — you have to work!”
At the hearing on Tuesday, New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood sided with the parents.
Speaking to cameras outside the courthouse, Michael said, "I am just so outraged." He complained that he was being harassed by conservative people for "being a liberal millennial."
According to the New York Post, Michael has a young son of his own, whom he lost custody of. He is a "self-described businessman." Asked how he felt about leaving his parents' house, he said, "I really don’t want to stay there. I’ve been trying to leave there for a long time. They stopped feeding me, they cut me off the family phone plan.” He added, "I don’t think trying to destroy somebody is tough love."
By Wednesday evening, people had flocked to Twitter to comment on the situation. An unknown user even created an account in the name of Michael Rotondo, and tweeted Oprah, "can I come stay with you?"
Others couldn't help but laugh at the situation:
The Michael Rotondo story has to be some kind of performance art piece about millennials.— Will📡 (@Will_clemente) May 23, 2018