December 10, 2011

"Lawsuit for ADA violations and wrongful seizure. The plaintiff's four service monkeys..."

"... were taken from her as she attempted to change their diapers and feed them on Bourbon Street."

From "Today in Pro Se Litigation," noting a lawsuit against the Louisiana State Department of Wildlife & Fishery, and the fact that these monkeys on Bourbon Street were dressed up as pirates.

(Via Boing Boing.)

34 comments:

Coketown said...

If she's feeding them and changing their diapers, I think she's missing the point of having service monkeys--which is, to feed her and change her diaper.

Ann Althouse said...

I think the issue might be whether these were indeed service monkeys.

Ralph L said...

Who changes their monkey diapers in the street? Woman got what she deserved.

Ralph L said...

I take it "pro se" means acting for oneself.

Petunia said...

I thought that the ADA had been redefined so that only dogs and miniature horses were eligible to be considered service animals.

Too bad for truly disabled people that there are so many scammers out there who try to pass animals off as service animals when they really are not. That must be incredibly frustrating for anyone using or training a LEGITIMATE service animal.

Quaestor said...

Four?

Quaestor said...

It is impossible for more than one monkey to provide any kind of useful service.

Hagar said...

Four is a bit much, but I remember seeing a TV clip of a disabled person who had a trained monkey that actually did perform tasks that she could not do herself, as well as providing the companionship thing.

ndspinelli said...

I've always wondered why there's a dearth of attorneys that comment on a law professor's blog. I am NOT COMPLAINING mind you, just wondering.

Quaestor said...

The taxpayers of this country have been pushed to the brink by the well-meaning but boneheaded ADA. This monkey business is just another example of the 'adult baby" ripoff.

Mary Beth said...

Four monkeys is three more than one should need for assistance. Add pirate costumes and it's just attention whore time.

I kind of like the second one:
Ray Miles v. State of Kansas; Kansas Highway Patrol; Capitol Police, Case No. 5:11 cv 4180 (D. Kan. (Topeka), filed Dec. 8, 2011).

Petition to be "left the f*ck alone" where the defendants harassed the plaintiff for "no reason." $100 million.


Assuming he's not some crook who's just trying to deflect attention from his crimes, I agree with wanting to be left alone. Maybe not $100 million worth.

Bob_R said...

Well if one was hearing no evil, one was speaking no evil, and one was seeing no evil, what was the other one for? Though admittedly there is a lot of evil on Bourbon Street.

Toshtu said...

"Who changes their monkey diapers in the street? "

According to Google, this is the first time anyone thought to ask. That's a win.

Toshtu said...

"Well if one was hearing no evil, one was speaking no evil, and one was seeing no evil, what was the other one for?"

To perform the actual service.

Union monkeys.

ndspinelli said...

I was "serviced" by a monkey in Thailand. $10 for "around the world."

Ralph L said...

Was she in a buttpirate costume?
I assume it was a female, nothing queer about nd.

Chuck66 said...

Whenever a piece of legislation passes that is very large and maybe a bit vague, it creates lawsuite heaven for lawyers.

If the ERA (equal rights amendment) were passed, the trial lawyers would be raking in the cash. As with ADA, you can go out fishing for lawsuits.

Or employment discrimination. The Federal gov't has declared war on Cargill because of alledged disrimination at a single plant in Arkansaw. Their crime? Even though 84% of the workers are minorities, it isn't the right mix of minorities according to the Obama administration. Proof? The government used stats on the population and compared it to the mix of minorities at this plant.

Chuck66 said...

Quaester, this was predicted when the bill passed. That it is too over bearing.

How many times have your read "....had to close because it wasn't ADA compliant and they couldn't afford the renovations"?

Chuck66 said...

Tosh, good point. How many service monkey's does it take to change a light bulb? At least 4 it appears.

Quaestor said...

More to the point how many ADA bureaucrats does it take to change a monkey's diaper, or can they tell the difference between a soiled nappy and a clean one?

YoungHegelian said...

Does four monkeys constitute a "barrel of"?

Were they therefore a lot of fun?

madAsHell said...

dogs and miniature horses were eligible

Don't forget the unicorns that poop skittles!!

Toshtu said...

The number of service monkeys required to change a light bulb is dependent on the size of the service monkey.

For instance, it takes a minimum of 7 of these, stacked:

http://urngarden.com/images/blog/monkey.jpg

However, the issue is moot, as service monkeys (most especially stacked, diapered and drunk pirate service monkeys) will no longer be permitted to change light bulbs due to environmental risk.

chrisnavin said...

"I think the issue might be whether these were indeed service monkeys."

Perhaps they were not being paid for their services.

Perhaps these monkeys don't belong to this woman at all.

Yes, madame, I mean to suggest that these monkeys were spy monkeys, in the "service" of foreign powers, and whose motives are sinister.

Beth said...

I have no clue about the ADA issues, but I would like to comment on two things:

Pirate costumes: this happened during Mardi Gras. Everyone, and their dog, is in costume.

Diapers on Bourbon Street: there ain't no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day. There are million people on the streets and there's just nowhere to go.

(You won't make it to the end of that song, but if you do, the joke is that there's a Felicity Street in New Orleans.)

David said...

I wonder what kind of service she gets from the monkeys?

DADvocate said...

Dressing them as pirates was the clincher. Monkeys are only allowed to wear organ grinder costumes in public.

I hear there's a lot of organ grinding on Bourbon St.

MadisonMan said...

Are monkeys one of the twelve?

Beldar said...

I once saw a chimp testify in court -- quite effectively.

Levi Starks said...

At what point do the # of service monkeys = animal hoarding?

eventually you're going need someone to service your service monkeys

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Too bad for truly disabled people that there are so many scammers out there who try to pass animals off as service animals when they really are not. That must be incredibly frustrating for anyone using or training a LEGITIMATE service animal.