An upstate couple got so fed up with their unemployed 30-year-old son’s refusal to leave the nest that they finally sued to evict him — and won.
Mark and Christina Rotondo were forced to the extreme-parenting measure after giving their layabout millennial boy Michael cash for moving expenses, pleading with him to get on with his life and finally sending written legal notices demanding he grow up and move out.
“Michael, After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately,” reads the first letter, dated Feb. 2.
It concludes: “You have 14 days to vacate. . . We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.”
They later offered him $1,100 to “find a place to stay” and gave him parental advice including, “organize the things you need for work and to manage an apartment” and “sell the other things you have that have any significant value.”
They even implored him to start making money. “There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one — you have to work!” the Rotondos wrote.
But nothing moved Michael from his epic failure to launch — that is until an equally fed-up judge’s ruling Tuesday forced him to accept adulthood.
Michael was furious.
“It’s really unfair to me and really outrageous,” said the son — a self-described “businessman” who has a young boy of his own, of whom he lost custody.
“I really don’t want to stay there,” he told The Post from a bus after his life-altering court loss.
“I’ve been trying to leave there for a long time. They stopped feeding me, they cut me off the family phone plan.”
Asked if he thought mom and dad were merely trying some tough love, Michael sounded like a child who’d just been punished.
“I don’t think trying to destroy somebody is tough love,” he griped.
The bizarre family feud boiled over May 7, when mom, Christina, filed suit in Onondaga County Supreme Court seeking to evict Michael from their modest residence in Camillus.
The stubborn son — who turns 31 in July and has lived at home for the past eight years — had declined to go even after a series of eviction letters they sent him between Feb. 2 and March 30.
Each was signed coldly, “Mark and Christina Rotondo.”
One letter dated Feb. 13 to “Michael Joseph Rotondo” says he’s “hereby evicted … effective immediately.”
“You have heretofore been our guest and there is no lease or agreement that gives you any right to stay here without our consent,” the notice reads.
When they offered their son cash in a letter sent later in February, he actually took it, but used it to pay bills instead of move, Michael admitted.
A few weeks later the Rotondos again warned of impending legal action.
“Today is March 5, 2018. You have 11 days to vacate,” they wrote.
In the final letter, dated March 30 the parents say they will even pay to fix his broken Volkswagen Passat.
But Michael only dug his heels in further after his mom sued.
Acting as his own attorney, he filed a motion to get his parents’ case tossed by claiming they were legally required to give him six months to get out.
On Tuesday, Judge Donald Greenwood ordered the parents’ lawyer Anthony Adorante to draft an order outlining terms of the eviction but allowed Michael to remain at the home until an official eviction date is set, the son said.
Greenwood applauded Michael for his legal research in the case — but blasted his demands for six more months as “outrageous,” according to Syracuse.com.
Michael said he resides in a bedroom located near his mom’s master bedroom in the Weatheridge Drive home, while his dad mostly stays in the basement.
“It’s not that big of a deal. We just don’t communicate,” he said on his ride back to his soon-to-be-former home.
In court papers, he said he runs a “successful” business but declined to say what it is.
“I have money. I have income,” Michael insisted. “I have plans to not stay with them anymore — just not today, just not in 30 days. I can’t imagine I’ll be there in three months.”
He also claimed that his parents are forcing him out as “retaliation” for not allowing them to see his child before he lost custody himself last September.
However, he said he’d comply with Adorante’s order so long as it doesn’t force him out within the next 30 days.
“I want three months. I think that’s reasonable,” he said.
He said he briefly saw his parents once he got home Tuesday.
“They were quiet. It’s awkward,” he said.
Asked whether he was hurt by their drastic measure, he said, “They’re very much a moot point to me. Right now, I’m just worried about what’s best for me.”
His parents couldn’t be reached.
In 2017, Michael sued Best Buy for $338,500 for firing him two years earlier for not working Saturdays. That case is still pending.
Additional reporting by Mike Roy
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Welcome the next set of MTN Scholars!
360 young Nigerians receive scholarships from MTN Foundation
MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 360 university students at a virtual ceremony on November 12, 2020. The scholarships were awarded under the MTNF scholarship schemes made up of the MTNF Science & Technology Scholarship (STSS) and Scholarship for the Blind Students (SBSS). In attendance were the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, represented by the Technical Assistant, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi; Honourable Minister of Science & Technology represented by the Acting Director-General of the National Space Research and
Development Agency, Dr. Francis Chizea; former Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson amongst other notable dignitaries.
Speaking at the ceremony, the representative of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi said: “We are here with the MTN Foundation to celebrate scholars that have excelled in school. MTN is also supporting people with disabilities by funding their education and this is very commendable. The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is constantly working towards elevating skills over degrees. We are also committed to ensuring that individuals are empowered with the right tools and skills.”
Also speaking, Honourable Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu represented by Dr. Francis Chizea said: “I am glad that MTN, in giving back to the society through its foundation, set up a scholarship scheme to empower the youths and as well, drive science and technology. This is a welcome development and a commendable effort that other organizations need to emulate.”
A major highlight of the ceremony was a fireside chat themed “Insight. Influence. Impact” with thought leaders sharing inspiring insights with the scholars. Nigeria’s former Minister for Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson reiterated the role MTN continues to play in the ICT space and its impact on the country. “We need to get a workforce that is very comfortable with technology. We are in a state where we need world-class educational institutions and interventions such as this that will enable students to be very vast in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Johnson said.
Leading to the ceremony, this year’s graduating students from the scholarship programme were hosted to a career incubation boot camp facilitated by experts from Google, Oracle, Cisco and Jobberman. Facilitators shared insights on various opportunities amongst other vital employability tips.
Speaking on the scholarship award ceremony and workshop for graduands, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma said, “Providing access to quality education is the first step to a world of opportunity for the youth of our nation. We know it does not stop there. We need to also ensure that they are adequately prepared for the
workplace. We hope that the fireside chat at the award ceremony will inspire the students to reach for greatness and innovation. Furthermore, it is our belief that the employability workshop held earlier will enrich the career path of the graduating students. The MTNF scholarship scheme is more than just funds; it is a commitment to
build the capacity of our youth. We wish all our graduating scholars success as they set out to take on the world and congratulate all awardees as the next set of young nation builders in the making.”
The newly awarded scholars will each enjoy a scholarship grant worth N200,000 annually till graduation as long as they maintain a CGPA of 3.5 or its equivalent. The scholarship covers tuition, book allowance and stipend. Till date, MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 3,829 students valued at over NGN 2.1Billion.
The MTNF annual scholarships are awarded to high performing students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions.
Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
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