A Manhattan dad isn’t “lovin’” McDonald’s right now.
Attorney Davd Schorr, 43, may lose custody of his 4-year-old son after a court appointed psychiatrist deemed him “wholly incapable of taking care of his son” all because he refused to take him to the golden arches. Now Schorr is fighting back with a defamation lawsuit.
All of the trouble started last week. Schorr had planned to take his son to their “usual” restaurant for his weekly Tuesday night visitation.
But the boy had a hissy fit and demanded McDonald’s. So he gave his son an ultimatum: dinner anywhere other than McDonald’s — or no dinner.
“The child, stubborn as a mule, chose the ‘no dinner’ option,” the disgruntled dad says in the suit.
“It was just a standoff. I’m kicking myself mightily,” Schorr said.
“I wish I had taken him to McDonald’s, but you get nervous about rewarding bad behavior. I was concerned. I think it was a 1950s equivalent of sending your child to bed without dinner. That’s maybe the worst thing you can say about it,” he said.
Well it was apparently traumatic for the little boy. He immediately tattled to his mother. Considering they’re in the midst of a bitter custody battle, she immediately called the shrink, Dr. Marilyn Schiller.
Schorr tells the New York Post that Dr. Schiller only interviewed the child and his mother and never asked for his side of the story before she told the court he was an unfit parent.
Schorr is now demanding the shrink return the $2,750 he paid for the evaluation he claims was a sham and based entirely on the McDonald’s incident.
The custody trial resumes in December when the judge will ultimately decide if Schorr is fit to parent his son.
Honestly, I’m going with the dad in this case. I mean how does someone exercise parental authority during a divorce? Are they just supposed to give the child whatever they want? What kind of damage will that do in the long run? Kids know how to manipulate their parents. And in the long run, the mother should have looked at what’s best for her child. Let’s be real, this isn’t about a McDonald’s Happy Meal, it’s about a bitter tasting divorce.
And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.