At last year’s Mothers Day game in Anaheim, the Angels decided to do something nice for all the women in the crowd. Female fans over the age of 18 were given cheery red shoulder bags in celebration of the sole weekend each year when we give our moms a day off. Although, actually, it’s really only a morning off—since after the breakfast-in-bed schtick is over with, she’s still on the hook for lunch and dinner. And, come to think of it, she’ll probably get stuck doing the breakfast dishes, too. But the point is, Mothers Day is the time when we say thank you to Mom by bringing her a glass of OJ on a tray before sending her back to the unnappreciated drudgery of the other 364 days, 23 hours, and 45 minutes. But apparently one man has decided it was all too much for the woman who gave him life:
A Los Angeles psychologist who was denied a tote bag during a Mother’s Day giveaway at an Angel game is suing the baseball team, alleging sex and age discrimination.
Michael Cohn’s class-action claim in Orange County Superior Court alleges that thousands of males and fans under 18 were “treated unequally” at a “Family Sunday” promotion last May and are entitled to $4,000 each in damages.
$4,000 for a bag?! Wait wait, let me rephrase. $4,000 for a non-Fendi bag?!
This year, the purses will be given to the first 25,000 fans—male or female—who enter the park, though they’re sticking to the 18+ age requirement. Alfred Rava, Cohn’s lawyer, still isn’t satisfied:
Rava said the giveaway still violated some fans’ civil rights because those under 18 will be denied a bag based on their age.
“By looking at the bag, you can see a 17-year-old male or female would be just as happy with it as an 18-year-old male or female,” Rava said. “I don’t know why the Angels and Bryman College had a seemingly contrived cutoff for this ageless bag.”
And yes, it is an ageless bag–the clean styling, classic lines, the sleek-yet-durable plastic shell, and that bold color choice! No wonder Michael Cohn felt it was the season’s must-have. And, actually, the Angels did send him four of the purses after he first complained last year. Let’s just hope he lets his mom borrow one of them, from time to time. At least on Mother’s Day.