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July 21, 2004

So Sue Me.

No not really.

Dumbasses. Litigious dumbasses.

You know, if I had no character or sense of worth, I could dream up reasons to sue people. I've pulled nasty-ass things out of my food at established restaurant chains. I've been propositioned by the president of a multi-million dollar corporation, for whom I was employed. I've been run off of the road by a nervous sixteen-year old who had just gotten his license. And I've had tenants run off owing thousands in rent.

Yet I've never sued anyone. Amazing.

I'm not saying that I never would. If I am blatantly wronged in a way that negatively impacts my family, reputation, or livelihood, and cannot be settled any other way, I'm there.

Nope, not how it's seen anymore.

I try to collect on unpaid invoices. They don't feel like paying. "Sue me," they say. Nice. "No thanks." I tell them, "I'll just put a lien on your house."

Okay, so people don't want to take it seriously. Well, I do. So...DON'T CALL MY ASS AND THREATEN TO SUE ME IF YOU DON'T MEAN IT!

Yeah, yesterday was a great day. It's not going to happen; there's no case, but it's still irritating.

Have you noticed gentle audience, that the I'm-suing-you-because-I-need-the-money type seems to be a subcategory of the I-have-no-integrity-and-can't-accept-personal-responsibility much larger group?

Key Moral to the Story: If someone drops the ball, don't pick it up and hand it to them. If you do, you must be the one who knocked it out of their hand to begin with.


Dear Key:


I bought a rental house once - diversification, and all. I started out feeling VERY good about my foray into providing housing for other people, until I made my first inspection.

Ruined carpet. A mudhole in the back lawn where the badminton net had been set up. Dirt smeared on the walls. I could go on....

I made a mental tally ,which was about 7x their $500 security deposit, and evicted them on the spot.

Then began my odyssey -- I found that in Oregon, 30 days is MINIMUM, and they can do ANYTHING to your property during that time -- which; of course; they did.

I sued.

That was 22 years ago. I've yet to recover anything.



Posted by: Will at July 22, 2004 04:30 AM

Yeah, that's what I figured. Those tenants of mine actually deserved to be sued, but I knew I'd never see a dime of they owed anyway.

Posted by: Key at July 22, 2004 03:17 PM
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