‘Failure to launch syndrome’ a new condition named after the 2006 movie starring Matthew McConaughey where his parents try everything to get their adult son to ‘leave the nest’. Including paying a ‘professional’, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, to help coax their son out of the home.
In New York, one couple is currently living a real-life version of the movie and have issued at least five eviction notices to their adult son, at one point offered him money to leave, before resorting to taking legal action. It seems to be a growing issue with Millennials where they are staying home with their parents for longer than expected. Some blame economic strains but most say that the entitlement of the millennials is the real cause.
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.
After listening to Micheal’s response on Fox News we are inclined to say entitlement seems to play a major roll in his reasoning. Take a look.
When asked if he considered spending as much time looking for a new place to live as fighting the eviction, Rotondo replied that he wasn’t ready to leave home.
Asked how he interacted with his parents under the same roof, Rotondo said there were no incidents, but that he did not talk to his parents. When asked if he lived in the basement, Rotondo replied in a bedroom.
In court, Rotondo noted that his parents did not support him by providing food or doing his laundry. But he insisted that they were providing for him with housing, in arguing why he should be granted another six months to find a new place to live.
Exasperated, the judge at one point mentioned Airbnb in pointing out how easy it was to find a place to stay on short notice.
After court, Rotondo said he had a business to support himself. But when asked about his business, Rotondo replied: “My business is my business.”
When all was said and done, the judge asked the parents’ lawyer to come up with an eviction order that Greenwood would sign. No specified deadline was stated in court, but the lawyer mentioned that it would include a reasonable time for Rotondo to vacate.