Millennials of America, I think you got kind of screwed.

But then, along comes a guy like Michael Rotondo, who seems to personify every negative stereotype.  

It's not just that at age 30, he has an ill-defined Web business, no apparent means of support, and lives with his parents. That's frankly not all that unusual. A Pew Research Center analysis found that 15 percent of all 25 to 35 year olds in the U.S. were living with their parents in 2016.

Instead, it's that at age 30, he lives with his parents despite the fact that they really, really, really don't want him there--to the point that they've spent the last four months wrangling with the courts in an effort to evict him.

On Tuesday, they got their wish, after a bizarre hearing before Justice Donald Greenwood in the New York State Supreme Court in Syracuse, N.Y.

I'm going to pause to point out that we don't really know what the circumstances are in the Rotondo family. Michael Rotondo, who defended himself in open court, seems like an intelligent person, if perhaps a bit odd.

There are some reports that the whole thing is possibly entangled with a custody or visitation battle Rotondo is going through regarding his own son.

In fact, I might feel a bit odd about contributing to the SEO bomb of publicity that will probably follow him for quite some time, were it not for the fact that literally thousands of other media organizations have already covered him: from Australian newspapers to all three U.S. nightly newscasts.

Honestly, I've been a lawyer in the family court. The smallest disputes can become gargantuan because you're talking about people's intimate, personal lives. I don't know that we need to go there. 

But, the New York state courts is that they allow cameras, so you can watch virtually the entirety of the hearing (embed below), and the whole thing is tinged with sadness. 

"I think a six month notice to quit is a reasonable time for someone who has been depending on persons for support," Rotondo argued.

Rotondo's parents remained silent and were represented by an attorney who pointed out that given that their son is in his 30s, they don't have to offer any reason why they want him to leave.

Just wanting him gone is enough--enough, at least, to inspire the judge to spend 30 minutes trying to arrange some kind of voluntary departure. Alas, to no avail. The judge ordered him out.

After court, where did he go?

Reportedly, "right back to his parents' house," at least until his appeal is heard.

Published on: May 23, 2018
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