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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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A 14-year-old Illinois girl is being sued by the parents of another teen after an iPod nano went missing during class. The Naperville Sun newspaper reports: “On June 6, the last day of eighth-grade at Still Middle School, Shannon lent Stephanie her iPod Nano. Shannon’s mother, Melanie McCarthy of Aurora, said her daughter had saved money from Christmas and birthday gifts to purchase the $300 iPod in late May. McCarthy said her daughter left the classroom to use the bathroom and when she returned, the iPod was gone. Stephanie, who had also left the room, told her friend that she had placed the iPod on top of Shannon’s desk. McCarthy named Stephanie in a lawsuit filed in DuPage County on Aug. 4. The suit seeks $350 for the iPod and $125 in court costs.”

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In my opinion, it’s pathetic to read many of your comments bashing the plaintiff (the kid whose iPod went missing).  We should not be held “captive” by those in society who lie, cheat, steal, etc.  Sure, it may not be “safe” to take the iPod to school, but for that matter, it’s not “safe” to where it on the subway (numerous thefts), on the sidewalk (same), or anywhere else in public!  The kid exercised her RIGHT to take the iPod to school.  She loaned it to a classmate in good faith.  The classmate negligently left it in the open (or perhaps stole it herself).  When one takes temporary possession of another’s property, that person accepts responsibility thereof.  The little girl worked hard for that iPod, and she deserves (in the very least) the chance to seek redress.  Our civil justice system is in place for this.
You all complain until it’s YOU who becomes the victim.

Posted by Gravity on August 16, 2006 at 11:40 AM (PDT)


edit: “wear” it on the subway…

Posted by Gravity on August 16, 2006 at 11:42 AM (PDT)


“As a father of two children, I have to agree with Joe and Amy - what the heck were the parents doing letting their kid take an iPod to school?”

Well, it was an iPod Nano, who’s to say they had any idea she was bringing it? She could have hid it anywhere. As far as listening to an iPod in class, if you’re doing it while the teacher’s talking that’s probably pretty dumb, but if you’re doing it while your supposed to be taking a test or reading or doing something independent, then I don’t think that’s bad. Me personally, I have trouble concentrating unless I’m listening to music.

Posted by rainking187 on August 16, 2006 at 12:30 PM (PDT)



ok! ok! you got me!

so when does some one come out and say “happy belated april fool’s day!!” or “you just got PUNK’D”????

isn’t it sad how friends sue each other over ipods when there’s a war in iraq with people dying and sickness and poverty and starvation in africa and children working to make these ipods just so we can get them at reasonable prices???????


Posted by wow on August 16, 2006 at 2:22 PM (PDT)


when i got my first ipod back in 01 this was never an issue of people stealin it but because i new that the thing cost my parents a sh*t-ton, 500$ back then, i never let that thing out of my site when i took it to school. plus back then i was 14 so just shows you that some kids dont know the value of a dollar these days. just my 2 cents


Posted by BIGP in Texas on August 16, 2006 at 3:34 PM (PDT)


They should have put the school in lockdown and brought in the SWAT team and dogs until one of the little rug rats coughed it up. smile

Isn’t it amazing how insignificant news gains national attention?

Posted by Mr. Anderson on August 16, 2006 at 3:35 PM (PDT)


“Isn’t it amazing how insignificant news gains national attention?”

If by “national” you mean this site.

Posted by rainking187 on August 16, 2006 at 4:42 PM (PDT)


This is why God/Jobs created the shuffle, its cheap, pretty durable, fits in a pencil case, and makes the walk to school a lot better, once I throw on a few podcasts or an album. Shessh.. If the kids can drive and you trust them with a car, then trust them with a 300 dollar music player.

Posted by Sid32 on August 16, 2006 at 5:10 PM (PDT)


what a nano doing in jr high?  you’re in class, you listen to the teacher, do homework.  when you’re not in class, you hang out with friends and socialize….  unless she’s a loner or just wants to show off her nano, in which case she does deserve to get it jacked.  stupid kids.

Posted by Hobo on August 16, 2006 at 5:31 PM (PDT)


I agree.  This lawsuit is absolutely crazy.  They should never have had to sue.  The parents of the kid who borrowed and lost the thing should have offered to pay for it.  It was the kid who borrowed, not the one who lent it out, that made the mistake.  The problem in this country isn’t too many lawsuits, it’s too many people refusing to take responsibility.  The girl has every right to take the iPod to school if it’s not against the rules and her parents allow it.  It’s a free country.  The only mistake she made was trusting a friend with it.  But the friend owes her, and if the friend’s parents won’t make it right, a lawsuit (rather than verbal or physical assault) is how we make things right in our country.  It’s called order and the rule of law.  It’s what makes America great.

Posted by BrettB on August 16, 2006 at 5:32 PM (PDT)


Why didn’t her friend just bring it with her, and give it back to her later? WTH, and if she did steal, she might as well tell her that, instead of getting sued $350.

Krn iPod

Posted by Krn iPOd on August 16, 2006 at 7:31 PM (PDT)


“unless she’s a loner or just wants to show off her nano, in which case she does deserve to get it jacked.”

I really hope you aren’t saying that if she wanted to be by herself she deserved to have it stolen.

Posted by rainking187 on August 16, 2006 at 8:20 PM (PDT)


“this is some judge mathis/judge judy material”

^I thought the same thing^

“unless she’s a loner or just wants to show off her nano, in which case she does deserve to get it jacked.”

I really hope you aren’t saying that if she wanted to be by herself she deserved to have it stolen.

^no he was referring to if she wanted to show it off…

Posted by nojok3 on August 16, 2006 at 9:38 PM (PDT)


The picture from http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/sunpub/naper/news/6_1_NA16_IPOD_S10816.htm

Doesn’t look like a nano to me that she is holding.

Posted by ydkjman on August 17, 2006 at 12:07 AM (PDT)


Honestly, this is crazy. I’m a 13 year old, and   I would never be dumb enough to leave my iPod out in the open. And if it did get stolen, i would never sue sombody. I would just save up and buy a new one. This girl is an idiot, and her parents are uber snobs.

Posted by MacPhan on August 17, 2006 at 7:08 AM (PDT)


wow - so the girl who’s friend lost her ipod should just suck it up and lose out on something she worked for?

how do you suggest she find redress for her friend’s irresponsibility?

War, sickness and poverty have existed in Africa due to corrupt governments & warlords for long before she entered this world and will likely exist for long after we’re dead & buried no matter how much money we throw at it.  The kids that we gave food & medicine to thirty years ago grew up and are now grandparents.

Snarky rhetoric only serves to show you don’t have a clue how the world works.

Posted by good grief on August 17, 2006 at 8:07 AM (PDT)


Hey MacPhan.  You should learn to read a little more carefully before resorting to name calling and rash judgments.  She didn’t leave it out in the open, she entrusted it with a “friend.”
13 or not, you deserve to be called out.

Posted by Gravity on August 17, 2006 at 9:10 AM (PDT)


I’m surprised by most of the reactions here. Most of you act like she deserved to get her iPod stolen.

The argument that I see here most is that she shouldn’t have taken the iPod to school. Why not? No-one is saying she used it to listen at it in class. She might had her iPod with her because she listens to on her way to school. I take the bus to college and I always use my iPod during the rides. I don’t use it during the day anymore, but I still have it with me.

The second argument is that she shouldn’t have borrowed it to her friend. That’s another argument that I don’t get. Why shouldn’t she? She borrowed her iPod to a friend, not to a stranger. Should we all become completely paranoid and never let anyone touch our stuff again?

Others are saying she shouldn’t have let it out in the open. It wasn’t her who let it out in the open, it was her friend. Her friend borrowed the iPod and put it back on her desk while this girl went to the bathroom. Either her friend wasn’t the smart one by leaving it in the open or it was the friend who stole it.

But all that doesn’t allow anyone to steal an iPod. Even if she took her iPod to school, borrowed it to a friend and would have left it out in the open, even than, she doesn’t deserve to get her iPod stolen. That girl is a victim here, not an idiot as some people refer to her.

Everyone who ever saved money for something knows the satisfaction it gives of buying it yourself. If that precious item gets stolen afterwards, it’s normal to want it back. You shouldn’t just suck up the fact that it get stolen, you have the right to be upset; you have the right to try to get it back.

Even if sueing might sound like overreacting, it does send the message out. People can’t just get away with stealing iPods. It’s wrong to steal. It’s wrong to steal an iPod. It’s wrong to steal an iPod that’s on someone’s desk. It’s just wrong. Instead of attacking the girl who got her iPod stolen, you should be attacking the thief who took it.

Posted by Delta on August 17, 2006 at 12:57 PM (PDT)


I take my iPod to school everyday!!! I listen during study hall. is that a crime rainking??? huh?

Posted by nathan on August 17, 2006 at 3:28 PM (PDT)


She’s obviously a terrorist. Give her the chair… that’s the American way.

If she didn’t have enough proof to call the police and have her schoolmate arrested for theft - a civil suit isn’t going to fly. I bet she’s really popular now.

Posted by bsp on August 17, 2006 at 6:47 PM (PDT)

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