CHILD PEOPLE® www.childpeople.com
The verdict is just in, Young Lee, an ex co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain has been sentenced to 7 years in prison, the maximum allowed, for beating a homeless man, Donald Bolding, with a tire iron in East Hollywood, California. Donald flashed a tattoo of stick figures having sex to the people in Young’s car which included his fiancee. After driving away, Young returned to the scene with a male passenger, who was in the car, and proceeded to beat Donald with a tire iron leaving him with a broken left forearm and several cuts to his head. Since Young also threatened a witness, David Lee, by saying, “I’m going to cut the throat of your mother, your wife,your daughter, and you” it most likely resulted in Young receiving the maximum prison sentence of 7 years. Not only does Young Lee get special mention in ChildPeople.com for his acts, but the mental healthcare of America should also be condemned. After many mental healthcare facilities were shut down in Southern California and across the country due to budget cuts, mentally ill people were released and left to wander the street like stray dogs joining the swelling ranks of homeless people. These mentally ill people are not only a danger to others, but also to themselves because through their possible involuntary actions that fit outside the norms of what is expected in society, they open themselves to beatings such as those witnessed by Young on Donald. Unfortunately, all the attention is on Young and his past involvement in co-founding the ever popular Pinkberry chain while mental healthcare and homelessness takes a back seat. Although, one thing is for certain, no one should be above the law no matter how rich and privileged they are and a homeless man is entitled to rights under the law just as in other person.