I was watching the news and heard this story: A 15 year old boy has a brilliant IM idea. (didn't specify what the idea was ) He manages to gross over $25,000 USD. He has it sent (in 5,000 portions) to his house via check. He saves the checks up until he has all five of them. His parents find the checks and freak out. They go cash them and put them into their joint bank account. They dump the kid to live with his grand parents. They claim that since the kids was their "property" then whatever he owns or owned rather is also their "property". The son is currently suing his parents with the help of his grandparents. Extra information: His real mother is dead and his father lives with his stepmother. The first court case sided with the parents! They grandparents appealed. What kind of world are we living in? Were children are considered property? This is the cruelest thing I've ever heard of. The icing on the cake? According to the news the kid was planning on using the money to make more so he could buy his family a nicer house.