Height of Entitlement? Woman Sues Parents to Pay Her Bills and Legal Fees


Is this the height of entitlement? A New Jersey woman, Rachel Canning, is suing her parents so they will pay her private school tuition and college bills even though she has moved out of the family home because she refused to follow their rules, says her father. She is also demanding they pay for her expensive legal fees. Canning, 18, is an honor student at Morris Catholic High School. Her parents say she moved out of the family home and into the home of a friend because she didn’t want to abide by her parents’ laws. Her father says Canning consistently refused to obey such guidelines as keeping a curfew, doing her chores and being respectful, among others. He says she willingly moved out of their house and is now demanding they foot the bill both for her ongoing high school and for her future college plans.

Canning says she left because her parents cut her off financially and that they should pay for her legal fees, private school, transportation costs and her college tuition. She says they threw her out of the house and that even though she is 18 and legally an adult, her parents are responsible for supporting her financially. There are no reports that Canning plans on returning to the home, yet her parents have stated to the media that they desperately want their daughter to move back in with them and follow the household rules.

The family of Canning’s friend, with whom she is living, have been paying for her lawsuit, and the bills resulting from that suit now total over $12,000. Canning is also demanding that her parents pay that bill as well. The Catholic high school Canning attends is also demanding that her parents pay her tuition for her, citing the fact that she has “good grades” and is not able to financially support herself on her own. Is it the height of entitlement for a woman to sue her parents to pay her bills including her legal fees, and for everyone in her life to support her decision to drag her parents to court?

Last fall, Canning told her school that she was being “abused” at home, and the school called the authorities. According to Canning’s mother, when the social worker arrived at the home to assess the situation, she found Canning to be “spoiled” and thus, no further action was taken against Canning’s parents.

According to the family Canning is staying with, Canning deserves to have all of her bills paid because she is a good communicator and has a bright future ahead of her. Some have said Canning may be very good at charming those around her into paying her way; everyone, that is, except for her own parents, who, she claims, suddenly abandoned her for no reason at all.

It’s been well documented by numerous social commentators that American Millennials seem to be the most entitled, spoiled generation, but this is perhaps the height of entitlement. Canning is legally an adult who is choosing to live with another family; a family who has agreed to pay her legal fees. Her parents have made a public plea for her return to their home; a plea she has ignored. Some are saying that only in America would this kind of entitlement be accepted by anyone. Does Canning represent the height of entitlement in suing her parents to pay her bills, including her legal fees, or are her parents shirking their responsibilities in an unethical manner? Another hearing is scheduled later this morning in Morristown, PA.

By: Rebecca Savastio


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2 Responses to "Height of Entitlement? Woman Sues Parents to Pay Her Bills and Legal Fees"

  1. Steve   March 4, 2014 at 9:09 am

    When you have a generally selfish, greedy, and oblivious society that thinks only of individual benefit from relationships, what do you expect?

  2. Francesca F Lau   March 4, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Wonder what had made people neglect their sense of responsibility towards self and society, to love and honor their parents, to respect their teachers and most importantly to love our country ? Instead, we have a whole breed of people of all ages, not only teens who “wants and need” their parents (always for something) … and then they live on …. expecting more entitlements from their country ?
    Where were the days when children love and respect, honor and sworn to lay down their life for their country ? Do we love honor and respect any more other than money driven agenda ?
    Back to the story : Tough love will either win or loose a child, but is worth a bet; cos if you continue enabling, you will till you die & that’s not helping or loving the child ! It just make you feel less guilty (but the kids put you on the guilt trip anyway)…so don’t go that route no more ! Living in a country has laws & rules to abide; so is living under a parent’s roof ! Either one abide by it or leave, simple terms and nothing complicated.
    Now about why this happened and what have changed people ?
    Just click an episode of “Leave it to Beaver” on you tube then compare with an episode of “The Modern Family” or “Two and a half Men”……..
    one will find the answer : Core values and morality have changed drastically from better to worse.

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