Until today, I thought that no one could rival my ex-boyfriend when it came to growing into a self-entitled manchild.
At the age of almost 26, he has refused to ever get a job and hasn’t left the spare bedroom in his mother’s house for years. So low has he now sunk that his days consist of watching daytime TV, playing video games, and judging other people for their life choices while refusing to acknowledge any kind of judgment for his.
Now, much to my surprise, my high school boyfriend has a rival. Namely, 30-year-old Michael Rotondo from New York, who was recently evicted from his parents’ home after claiming that he was “too busy” to get a job – or, y’know, have the common decency to do any household chores.
To see him argue his very weak case for living off his parents’ indefinitely, check out the video below:
During the court hearing on Tuesday, which lasted for around 30 minutes, New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood sided with Rotondo’s parents and told the father-of-one that the time had finally come for him (and presumably his PlayStation) to fly the nest.
For months, Michael’s had parents been trying and failing to encourage him to leave their home, which he had been living in rent-free, and get a job.
In court, the 30-year-old argued that his parents’ behavior was unreasonable (yes, you read that right) and that he was legally entitled to have six months notice before he could be forced to vacate their property. However, the judge branded his request “outrageous”.
In response to the judge’s reaction, Michael said that the fact that he was being evicted in the first place was “outrageous”.
Hmm, well, you have to wonder what a man of his age is doing with his life when he claims to be “too busy” to live as an adult. Perhaps he’s trying to becoming King of Magic: The Gathering.
According to CNY Central, Michael is now planning to appeal the judge’s decision.
When interviewed by reporters outside the courtroom, the father-of-one appeared confused and didn’t seem to understand that he’d lost his case.
“I am just so outraged,” he told the Daily Mail while criticising those who had labeled him a “liberal millennial”.
In an attempt to make himself seem more like an adult, Michael explained that his parents did not feed him or do his laundry.
Featured below is an email which Michael’s parents sent him in February when they began their quest to get rid of their man-child:
Before ordering Michael to leave his parents’ house, the judge did try to coax the 30-year-old into coming to an arrangement with them on his own terms. However, he refused, and it was then that he was told he would have to leave.
Because Michael plans to appeal his parents’ decision, it is likely that he will stay in their home until this has happened.
One thing’s for sure – that’s going to be awkward.
If Micheal loses his appeal and does not move out, he will be removed by law enforcement, according to his parents’ lawyer.
Prior to the hearing, the 30-year-old’s parents even tried to help him move out, offering him a significant amount of money to get himself set up on his own and even to help him to house hunt. But alas, it did not even tempt Michael from his presumably Pokémon memorabilia-filled cave.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering how Michael became a father, it turns out that he did briefly live on his own between the ages of 21 and 23, which was when his child was born, but he returned to live off his parents after he lost his job.
As the 30-year-old is a family member, his parents had to get an ejectment proceeding to have him removed from their house.
Michael, who turns 31 in July and has chosen to be his own lawyer (obviously), said that his parents did not explain to him why he had to leave.
During the past eight years he has spent in his parents’ house, Micheal said he “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement.”
Though unemployed, Michael claims to have a business which is “the overwhelmingly superior choice for the economic well being over the working of a full-time job”. Uh huh…
‘I feel bad for both [Michael’s parents] because he’s not learning anything by staying at home and he’s just wasting their time and money,” a neighbor said, according to WRAL.
Micheal and my ex-boyfriend are not alone in failing to launch, however, the US Census Bureau found that one in three millennials still lives with their parents. So if you want children in the future and don’t think you’ll be able to give them a dose of tough love, it’s probably a good idea to invest in extra safe condoms.