30-year-old man who was evicted from his parents' house claims he's too broke to pay child support
It's been said over and over again that millennials are entitled, lazy little snowflakes who haemorrhage money on avocado toast and wouldn't know hard work if it hit them in the face.
As a millennial myself, I can argue that not all of us are like that. However, a lot of people have already made their minds up about 30-year-old Michael Rotondo, who hit the news after his own parents sued to evict him after he lived rent-free for eight years and refused to leave.
If you've been following the story, you know that Rotondo was ordered by an Onondaga County judge to get out of the house in upstate Camillus by noon Friday and, while moving out, called the police in a fight over some Lego. But even now after he's finally left, more information about the case continues to emerge - and unfortunately, it's painting him in an even worse light than before.
According to The Post, the 30-year-old has a history of making foolish decisions with money and, in the past, claimed he was too broke to pay child support for his eight-year-old son - despite somehow managing to pay up nearly $10,000 for a storage unit that housed his 1989 Chevy Camaro over a period of five years.
Losing joint custody of his son in September, Rotondo reportedly filed three motions to dismiss the mother of his child's bid for more child support, but lost when Judge Julie Cecile sided with the mother and increased it. In 2016, Rotondo fought her in Onondaga County Family Court when she asked him for an increase in support — despite living rent free and paying just a mere $25 a month for his son's upkeep.
The single mother, who chose to remain anonymous, has claimed that her ex now owes about $2,500 in child support, having been ordered to pay $56 per week last year by a judge after she filed a petition. "He terrorized me," the 33-year-old woman allegedly told The Post.
A June 2017 filing reportedly shows that Rotondo insisted he couldn't pay up, despite coughing up $920 a year in car insurance for his broken-down white Camaro. He kept it in the $162-per-month storage unit in Camillus along with other belongings, such as sporting and gaming equipment.
In her September 2017 ruling to put up the child support payment, Judge Cecile said: "When questioned why he did not sell such belongings, he claimed that they had no value except sentimental, and that he had no legitimate answer for the obvious question of why it made sense to spend more than $9,000 over the last five years to store valueless belongings, at the same time asserting that he could not afford to pay support for his son."
Naming his efforts to get a job as "minimal at best", the judge pointed out that Rotondo only applied to two jobs that year and refused to work in retail or fast food "he did not want to accept a position he did not think he could work at for at least three years". He "considered applying at Staples but does not think it is a good environment," she wrote, also adding that flouted a 2017 court order to produce records of his job search, saying it "slipped his mind," and also refused to attending a “parent-support program,” which would have aided his job search, because he thought it wouldn’t "help".
Here's hoping that, now Rotondo has moved out of his parent's house, he will finally be able to get a job and start paying the mother of his child what she is owed.