Emp­ty­ing the nest

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIVING -

AN ex­as­per­ated Ital­ian cou­ple has re­sorted to le­gal help to kick their 41­year­old son out of the house, in the lat­est case to high­light the phe­nom­e­non of Italy’s stay­at­home bam­boc­cioni or mummy’s boys.

The el­derly cou­ple’s pa­tience with their son has fi­nally run out af­ter what they say is years of cook­ing him meals and wash­ing and iron­ing his clothes.

They say he has a per­fectly good job and a steady in­come but has re­sisted all at­tempts to per­suade him to fly the nest. The cou­ple, who have not been named, have taken their case to the le­gal depart­ment of an as­so­ci­a­tion for the de­fence of con­sumers’ rights in Mestre, near Venice.

Lawyers have given the son 10 days to find him­self a flat or have the case re­ferred to court, with the prospect of more force­ful ac­tion to evict him.

“We can no longer go on like this,” the fa­ther says. “My wife has de­vel­oped stress­re­lated prob­lems and has been in hos­pi­tal re­cently. He never wants to leave.”

Young Ital­ians are renowned for their re­luc­tance to leave home, with a study re­leased last year show­ing that 48% of off­spring be­tween the ages of 18 and 39 still lived with their par­ents.– © The Daily Tele­graph UK 2011

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