This just in from The Huffington Post, and it may be hard to believe. Santa Fe resident, Arthur Firstenberg, claims to suffer from an “allergy” known as Electromagnetic Sensitivity, or EMS. Firstenberg further claims that his neighbor, Raphaela Monribot’s cell phone, wireless network, computer, compact fluorescent lightbulbs and even dimmer switches are causing him such physical and emotional distress that he is forced to sleep in his car or at friends’ houses to avoid the electro-magnetic waves Monribot is producing.
Firstenberg’s solution? Why sue the Hell out of her, of course. For how much? $530,000.
Not to sound like a jaded lawyer who has heard just about every ridiculous story you can imagine, but methinks there is more to this case than EMS. According to The Huffington Post article, which you can link here, Firstenberg hired Monribot to be his cook in his home. Interesting….
Initially, Monribot made concessions by turning off her phone and computer, which of course led this wingnut to believe he could control Monribot for eternity thereafter. To his surprise, when she moved into her own place next door – a home he told her was available – she refused to continue with the concessions. She “flatly refused without explanation,” Firstenberg claims.
Really??? Why the nerve of this heartless woman thinking that she could use her own personal belongings in her own home!
Folks, for 12 + years, I have worked for the rights of the disabled, but this is one time I have to say that it is my opinion that the assigned judge should throw out this ridiculous nonsense and sanction both Firstenberg and his attorney for clogging the court’s docket with it. Even if EMS is a legit condition, that does not give someone like Firstenberg the right to control lawful activities of another occurring in their own home, and which are generally accepted as, to put it mildly, commonplace.
One final note – this is not the first time Firstenberg has taken legal action over allegations of EMS. He is well-known enough to have a Wikipedia page, which you can link to here. In May 2008, he and other groups accused the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico of discrimination against those allergic to electromagnetic radiation for having free wireless networks in city buildings.
At the time of writing this, I am seeking a PDF copy of the Firstenberg complaint. As soon as I have it, I will upload it to the Box. If any reader has already located a copy of it, I would appreciate receiving it.