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Dad declared ‘unfit’ for refusing son McDonald’s dinner

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A court-appointed psychiatrist told a Manhattan judge hearing a custody battle that a dad was an unfit parent for refusing to feed his kid at McDonald’s. The dad, who’s also an attorney, is suing the shrink for defamation.

“You’d think it was sexual molestation,” David Schorr, the “unfit parent,” told The New York Post Thursday. “I am just floored by it.”

According to his complaint, psychiatrist Marilyn Schiller filed a report saying that Schorr, 43, was “wholly incapable of taking care of his son” and should therefore be denied his weekend visitations.

The Post reported:

Schorr, a corporate attorney turned consultant with degrees from NYU and Oxford University, had planned to take his 4-year-old son to their usual restaurant, the Corner Café on Third Avenue, for his weekly Tuesday night visitation last week.

But the boy threw a temper tantrum and demanded McDonald’s. So he gave his son an ultimatum: dinner anywhere other than McDonald’s — or no dinner.

The first lady and her “Move On!” campaign would have been delighted with Schorr’s decision. His son, ex-wife and the psychiatrist were clearly not.

“The child, stubborn as a mule, chose the ‘no dinner’ option,” he claimed in the lawsuit.

“I wish I had taken him to McDonalds, but you get nervous about rewarding bad behavior. I was concerned. I think it was a 1950s equivalent of sending your child to bed without dinner. That’s maybe the worst thing you can say about it,” he said.

“Had I done something wrong? I did what any 43-year-old Jewish man would do — I told my mother. I said, ‘My God, did I do something wrong here?’

“Even my mother, the strictest mother in the world, said, ‘Why didn’t you just take him to McDonalds? What were you thinking? You know that this is a divorce situation.’”

The Post reported:

Schorr claims that Dr. Schiller only interviewed the child and his mother and never asked for his side of the story before telling the court she was gravely concerned about Schorr’s parenting.

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He wants the shrink to return the $2,750 he paid for the evaluation.

And what happened when Schorr returned the boy to his mother?

“My wife immediately took him to McDonalds,” he said, adding insult to injury.

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