Sunday, May 13, 2007

A little too much reality

As the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.

The Leomiti family of Santa Fe Springs, CA either didn't know that, or they decided to tempt the gods of fate anyway--they are currently being sued.

Today's L.A. Times recounts how a story that was aired on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition quickly turned into an example of extreme ingratitude.

When five brothers from the Higgins family found themselves orphaned,their friends the Leomiti's, who had three kids of their own, invited them to move into their house.

The story was so heartwarming that ABC selected the Leomiti's to have their home remodeled to accommodate them all. The home was expanded to include nine bedrooms and cover over 4,000 square feet. The mortgage was paid off, and six cars were given to the kids of driving age.

Within weeks after the show aired as an Easter Special in 2005, most of the Higginses had moved out, citing racism as one of the reasons. The Higgins are black and the Leomiti's are Samoan.

You can read the story and draw your own conclusions. I must admit that I don't believe everything I read in the L.A. Times or any other paper, but it looks as though the Higgins siblings didn't take to the discipline standards and expectations that the Leomiti's imposed on them.

One of the Leomiti's neighbors said the Higginses started giving an attitude.

Reminds me of a time I tried to do a good deed.

I had my own gardening business and I hired a homeless young man to work with me. Being the thrifty person I am, I used to bring a sack lunch to work everyday. When I noticed that my helper had no food, I would bring him a lunch everyday too.

Guess what? He complained about the type of sandwich I made him!


jon said...

i not only like this post but the picture that goes along with it. LOL. I remember giving a car to some guys who wanted it. I was happy to get rid of it. I couldn't find some info and they were pressing me like they had purchased the car. I was laughing out loud at the audacity of their posturing!

Opal: Vegan Momma said...

I don't know. I would think it would take time to adjust to one another? That's a huge change on both sides.

My father gave away a car to his brother. His brother kept hounding him almost on a daily basis (he lives in South Carolina) for that car after he got it. He stopped calling.

I never had to much respect for my uncle. He's a user and he's always lying about something. What got me was how he acted like he was owed the car.

My grandparents raised them better than that but as an adult I guess he went his own way.

Children need rules you cannot let them run around doing whatever they want to do.

Ugly Naked Guy said...

So you both know exactly what I am talking about!

Opal: Vegan Momma said...

Oh definitely! I get on my mentees often. A few of them have that mentality.