Man wins $45K after suing parents for trashing his beloved porn collection

A Grand Haven Michigan couple received a “stiff” penalty from a judge after tossing their son’s beloved collection.

The parents were ordered by U.S. Federal Judge to fork over $45,000 after throwing their 43-year-old adult son’s extensive pornography collection in the garbage.

Beth and Paul Werking owe $30,441 to their son David Werking for the collection that the judge dubbed “a trove of pornography and an array of sex toys.”

The parents of the fetish fanatic were also ordered by U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in Kalamazoo to pay $14,519.82 in attorney fees, according to milive.com.

The decision came eight months after the son won the lawsuit against his parents for tossing the smut-filled load of goods. The value of the steamy stash of a dozen boxes full of films, magazines, and sex toys was estimated by Dr. Victoria Hartmann, who is apparently an expert in porno valuation. Her qualifications also appear to include her role as Executive Director of the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There were 107 items on the list submitted by the son that Hartmann was not able to value.

“However, given the wide range of valuations for individual pieces and the inability of Dr. Hartmann to even estimate the value of these pieces, the Court declines to use an average value to award damages for these titles,” US District Judge Paul Maloney wrote in his decision, according to milive.com.

David Werking brought the scandalous items to his parent’s home in Grand Haven when he retreated home after a divorce in 2016. After the parents called the police in 2017 about an “incident” they asked their son to leave for several days.

When he finally relocated to a new Indiana home, the parents were supposed to ship his items to him but tried to teach the son a lesson by taking the liberty to toss his X-rated items instead of forwarding them.

“Frankly, David, I did you a big favor getting rid of all this stuff,” his father wrote in an email about the missing items.

But the son didn’t see it as an act of benevolence and shot back at his father, “You don’t have to take someone else’s stuff, and I would like it back, along with the sex toys… [and] 1 long container of smutty magazines.”

Out of concern for possible illegal materials, the parents stowed some items they called “the worst of the worst” in their safety deposit box. However, the Ottawa County Sheriff did not find anything illegal when they reviewed the materials.

The ruling on the award was delayed as the court required more information to determine the damages.

“In this case, there is no question that the destroyed property was David’s property,” Maloney wrote in a December ruling. “Defendants repeatedly admitted that they destroyed the property, and they do not dispute that they destroyed the property.

Social media users were amused by the massive amounts of trashy items David Werking’s parents tossed.


But one Twitter user made an astute observation on the long-term effects of the lawsuit, “On the plus side he will now, forever and always, be known as Jerking Werking.”

Ashley Hill

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