A woman who was stood up for a date didn’t just get mad, she got litigious. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
A Michigan woman has filed a ten-thousand-dollar lawsuit claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress against a man she says stood her up for a date. Imagine what the world would look like if thoughtless people could be made to pay for their rudeness. There’d be a lot more “so sorries” and “please excuse me’s,” wouldn’t there? Alas. That is not the world in which we live, and not the legal system we have where boorish behavior does not an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim make.
To prove that claim, she’d have to show the defendant’s intentional conduct was so extreme and outrageous it shocks the conscience and exceeds all possible bounds of decency. In other words, if a few rounds of drinks with girlfriends who say things like “he’s a jerk” and “his loss” can soothe the hurt feelings, I’m sorry to say she’s not gonna win. Still, it wouldn’t have killed him to text to say “sorry I can’t make it.”