In the strange but true category, a German court recently ruled against a woman who claimed that a phobia of official documents led to her lengthy delay in filing paperwork to demonstrate an ongoing need for child support. According to MSNBC, the woman claimed that she had a phobia of official letters, rendering her unable to respond in a timely manner.
Apparently the woman was notified in May 2007 that she would need to produce evidence that she still needed support for her daughter. When she did not respond by July, she was sent another letter stating that her support was cut off, but that she could appeal within one month.
In September, she finally responded with the requested documentation. Her appeal was thrown out for being too late, and the matter went to court. The woman protested on the grounds that her phobia prevented her from reading the official notices. However, the court ruled against her, stating that she was provided ample time to seek assistance from others.
So what do you think? Does she have a real phobia? If so, is it a legitimate reason for failing to respond to official letters? Or was she simply presenting an excuse for neglectful behavior? Thoughts and opinions are welcome!