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A golf caddie with severe Tourette Syndrome claims the top brass at one of the nation’s toniest country clubs continuously humiliated him about his condition, ramping up the harassment—a rotting goose carcass was allegedly once left on the victim’s doorstep—until finally firing him over bogus claims he somehow played a role in the untimely death of a co-worker.
David Anderson, 44, was candid with the higher-ups at the Hudson National Golf Club in Croton-on-Hudson, New York about his battle with Tourette’s, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a blistering lawsuit obtained by The Daily Beast. Regardless, Anderson’s symptoms, which included “exaggerated eye blinking, exaggerated eye rolling, jerking of the head and limbs, touching objects or other people, simple and complex tics, blinking in an unusual way, mouth movements, stepping in a certain pattern, throat clearing, and clearing of the nose,” were impossible to hide despite the medication he took to help control them, the suit contends.
But when the club’s golf director saw the prescription bottle on Anderson’s desk, he says he was tarred as a degenerate dope fiend, summarily placed on the club’s “‘do not serve’ alcohol list,” and later made to feel like a criminal later when a Hudson National employee fell ill while staying over at Anderson’s home, then died at a nearby hospital.