Homeless Man Sues Parents For $200,000 For Not Loving Him Enough
Mommy, can you spare a dime?
A homeless 32-year-old Brooklyn man wants a judge to force his parents to pay him a hefty allowance.
In papers filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, aspiring record mogul Bernard Bey says his parents have been “indifferent” to his “problems,” and should pay him $200,000 to make things right.
“I feel abandoned,” Bey told the Daily News Wednesday, outside the downtown Brooklyn homeless shelter where he’s currently staying. “The relationship I share with my parents is not a beneficial one. Not a loving, nurturing one.”
His suit offered up a recipe for his success, suggesting his family mortgage their Bed-Stuy brownstone – his parents have a 1/8 share – and use the money to “purchase two cost effective franchises such as Domino’s Pizza” to help him afford a lifestyle different than the one he’s accustomed to.
His mom, Vickie Anderson, offered an alternative solution.
“I say go get a job,” said the mom, who lives in the Bushwick Houses. “He’s never had a job a day in his life.”
“He’s looking for money so he doesn’t care who he has to step on,” fumed Anderson, 51.
“I’ve had a lifetime of him and I’m done. I’m done.”
Bey’s uncle, Benny Manley, who lives in the brownstone, said he was unaware of his nephew’s plan to take out a mortgage on the shabby two story abode – then started ranting about the Book of Revelation.
“The Bible said this day was going to come,” Manley warned.
In his long-winded, self-written lawsuit, Bey laid all of his problems at his family’s feet.
He claimed his parents were physically and emotionally abusive – even failing to attend his trade school graduation.
Their actions over the years “have caused deep rooted wounds that cannot heal on their own,” the suit says.
They “are indifferent to their children’s problems, relationship, poverty, status and station in life.”
When Bey recently asked them for money, they gave him some, but they didn’t seem happy about, he whined.
Financial assistance was “provided, although painstakingly,” the suit groused.
Bey, whose rap pseudonym is “Brooklyn Streets,” said his parents drew the line at letting him use their shower, leaving him “feeling filthy and disgusting, cold, hungry, unloved and beaten by the world.”
Asked what he was hoping to accomplish with the suit, Bey – who said he is studying to become an auto mechanic when not hawking $30 t-shirts with his face on them on his Brooklyn Streets website – argued he was showing a path for his family to “break the bonds of poverty” and achieve financial security.
“I feel this is the best way to make things right,” he said.
Family members dismissed Bey as a man with psychological issues and a lengthy rap sheet who tried to sue his folks once before.
“This is someone who’s looking for something for nothing,” said his dad, Bernard Manley.
The family said Bey has five other siblings – none of whom are interested in joining the loony lawsuit.
“It’s frivolous, it’s nonsense,” said Bey’s brother, adding, “I’m a Papa John’s man myself.”
Bey’s website says he spent five years in prison on drug charges, and that his life’s goal is “becoming a record mogul and a force to be reckoned with in the hip hop industry.