Criminal law attorney Constantine “Connie” Xinos bagged a trophy worth bragging about: nailing 11-year-old Sydney Sabbagha for trying to defend the staff of the public library of Oak Brook, Illinois. This Pediatric Perry Mason moment was a matter of some pride for Xinos, who told a reporter “I wanted that kid to lose sleep that night.”
Sabbagha crossed the line for Xinos when she had the audacity to stand in front of the village board and emotionally call for the librarians to be rehired: “I used to go to the library knowing there were people there to help me find a book. Now there is no one to help me. It will never be the same without the people you fired.”
Thank God, Xinos was there to pounce on the greedy little tyke.
Xinos held nothing back and denounced such “whining” and wanted “Those who come up here with tears in their eyes talking about the library, put your money where your mouth is. He then added some tailored mockery to his menace: “I don’t care that you guys miss the librarian, and she was nice, and she helped you find books.” He proclaimed himself unmoved by “crocodile tears” over overpaid librarians and told the board that it had to be tough (like him presumably) and “stop indulging people in their hobbies” and “their little, personal, private wants.”
Over the course of a nearly two-hour interview “in his Mercedes-Benz in the gated Oak Brook community where he lives, and boasted “This is the real world and the lesson, you folks who brought your kids here, is if you want something, pay for it.”
Bless you Mr. Xinos. Little Sydney will never forget your lesson.
By the way, Xinos does not just educate little children to put away childish thoughts of decency and literacy, he also holds forth on the dangers of old people. He unsuccessfully ran for various offices. He has also campaigned against a plan to allow subsidized housing for seniors, declaring, “I don’t want to live next to poor people. I don’t want poor people in my town.” The former Marine also educates on the dangers of Teamsters, saying “Nobody here likes those kind of people.”
The most interesting part of the interview came with his surprising revelation that he decided not to have children because he did not know if he could support them. With that statement, the reporter was able to isolate the one view of Constance Xinos that humanity could agree with.
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