A nursing home resident's son is suing the home for "defiling" his mother. While that sounds pretty horrific, wait 'til you hear why he believes his mother was "defiled." The nursing home reportedly hired a male stripper to come entertain the elderly residents. Franklin Youngblood, whose 85-year-old mom Bernice lives at the home, was incensed when he came to visit her and among her belongings found a photograph of his mom -- stuffing dollar bills into a muscular man's G-string. Oh boy.
Franklin confronted the staff about what had gone on, but he claims he was ignored, and one staff member even tried to snatch the pic away from him.
The home had reportedly hired the dancer as part of some entertainment for the residents -- but Franklin, who sounds like a real kill joy, thinks it was just sick entertainment for the staff. His lawsuit says:
Bernice Youngblood has lived 85 years as a traditional Baptist, hard-working, lady ... And now she has been defiled.
Err, Franklin. No offense, but you came into the world somehow. Something tells me Bernice has been "defiled" before.
As someone with a close relative in a nursing home, I can say that I wouldn't feel the same about this event. Nursing homes are constantly coming up with ways to entertain patients; otherwise, they sit in their rooms all day watching TV. Why not try to spice it up a little? Just because you get old doesn't mean you lose all your mojo!
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Unless Franklin is his mother's conservator, he doesn't necessarily have legal ground to stand on. He claims his mother "lacks the mental and physical capacity" to be around a gyrating mostly-naked male -- however, unless he had become her conservator in court, that is not the case. People in nursing homes are still considered adults capable of making their own decisions -- though that's not always necessarily for the best, of course.
I'm sure the nursing home didn't drag Bernice over to the dancer and force her to stuff bills down his front. She doesn't look too unhappy in the photo. Maybe Franklin needs to lighten up a bit.
Also, I bet the guys are wondering when they get their female stripper.
Would you want strippers at your parents' nursing home?
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