Like most of us, Bernard Bey knows the root of his problems: his parents. Unlike most of us, however, the 32-year-old Brooklyn resident is seeking compensation for the damage his parents caused; earlier this month, Bey filed a self-written lawsuit in a Brooklyn court, accusing his parents of physical and emotional abuse, which led to him feeling "unloved and beaten by the world."
Bey said his parents are to blame for his current unemployment and homelessness, which were triggered by having to enter the shelter system at 16. He filed the lawsuit to help not just himself, but his future children.
"I feel like my parents should want the best for their children and grandchildren so we have something to pass down for generations so we don't have to live like this," he said.
So what's he asking for? Just a six figure settlement plus a pizza franchise or two.
Bey is asking the court for more than $200,000 in damages. He wants his parents to mortgage their family home and purchase two franchises like Domino's Pizza.
His parents were, as you might expect, not thrilled when asked for comment.
Bey's parents, who live in public housing, said they're not in a position to give up any money. His stepfather named in the suit, Bernard Manley, had some choice unprintable words and maintained Bey is not his biological son.
But there is some hope that the matter can be resolved without further legal action, but only if his family agrees to sit down to dinner with him.
"Let's work together, and definitely, I'll drop the suit," Bey said.