The Lawyers have won.

This is just unbelievable:

Political red tape, and not a blown bulb in Rudolph’s red nose, has grounded a pint-sized Santa Claus’ miracle mission to deliver toys and clothing to the victims of this month’s tanker-truck catastrophe in Everett.

Mayor John F. Hanlon told the Herald that because of the massive recalls of misfit toys manufactured in China with lead paint, novelties dropped off to make the Christmases of nine displaced children a little merrier are instead quarantined at the Everett Armory.

And that’s just where the brand-new electronic and board games, trucks, blocks and crayons 10-year-old Peter-Anthony Hereu of Wellesley has collected will be dumped at the insistence of the city’s attorneys, Hanlon regrettably confirmed.

“It’s the liability,” Hanlon explained. “If you trip on ice, trip on a stair, trip on a present, we’re going to get sued. I don’t know what to do with the toys. We’re holding on to them until next year. A little kid 10 years old, I don’t want him to be disappointed.”

Unbelievable.

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  • wavemaker

    to interview for new town counsel.

    I don’t know of too many ten year olds who suck on toy fire engines.  

  • Their cartoons are terrible and their toys are worse.  I got the below GI Joe vehicle one Christmas.

    Pointy edges?  Check.

    Detachable parts to choke on?  Check.

    Missles, guns, and 2 nuclear weapons?  Check.

    Must have been the Cold War that fueled all the good toy production.

  • “It’s the liability,” Hanlon explained. “If you trip on ice, trip on a stair, trip on a present, we’re going to get sued. I don’t know what to do with the toys. We’re holding on to them until next year. A little kid 10 years old, I don’t want him to be disappointed.”

    …..and what happens “next year”?  “Next year” if a kid trips on one of the toys, the mythical lawsuit you’re running scared from “this year” won’t get filed…because it’s “next year”?

    Score:

    Lawyers  1

    Needy kids  0

    ….and by “lawyers”, I mean the lawyers that are to blame for the frivolous lawsuits through which they get a fat percentage of the shakedown, not the poor widdle city attorney that would get fired for not protecting the city from frivolous lawsuits filed by their bretheren.

    Meanwhile…..some kids that could’ve been happier yesterday were given the shaft while the lawyers hunt for the next shakedown…and other lawyers hide from it.

  • Festus Garvey

    Paranoid lawyers or toys coated with lead paint?  In this case, I side with the lawyer.

    Whose siding with lead posioning?