Paul Marinaccio, Sr. — who developed his frog fear as a child when a man chased him with bullfrogs — said he’d been a prisoner in his home after a local development caused it to be surrounded by frogs, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting.
The development’s runoff water turned Marinaccio’s 40-acres of land into a wetlands and led to a huge new generation of amphibians. Marinaccio told the court that he couldn’t leave his home because there were frogs everywhere.
In his 2009 testimony, Marinaccio claimed, “I am petrified. I go home at night and I can’t get in my garage because of the frogs. They’re right in front of the damn door, OK?“
The seven-year-long dispute ended when the court ruled in favor of Marinaccio against the developer and the town of Clarence. Marinaccio was awarded $1.6 million but not the additional $250,000 he asked for in punitive damages.