Monday, October 5, 2009

Funny Experience

I've been reading stories about vehicle accidents and it reminds me of an experience I had many years ago.

We had a Scout. It's an old 4-wheel drive vehicle. My hubby had wanted a steel bumper on the back for a variety of reasons, only one of which was that it gave a sturdy step up. I bought it, paying for the installation, as a Christmas present. I placed rocks in the box, wrapped it, then hid it under the bed. Good place. When I placed it under the Christmas tree he had absolutely no idea what was in that heavy box. It was one of the few presents I got him that was a surprise. This is the background.

I went to the grocery store and when I came out there was this irate woman waiting for me. She was angry because she had run into that bumper with her car causing damage to her vehicle. I told her that I was sorry for that but that it was not my fault. She was simply angry that I had that steel bumper that damaged her vehicle. She had already called the police. Say what?

Police officer arrived and patiently listened to her story with a look of complete disbelief. He then asked if my vehicle had been damaged and, after we both looked over the Scout, decided it was just fine. There was absolutely no damage. She had obviously just "bumped" my vehicle.

The officer then explained to this woman that since this was on private property it was not a police issue. This would be a civil action and that if anyone were to be in a position to file suit it would me instead of her because she hit my steel bumper. It would be her liability. So . . . The woman left.

The officer then provided me with his name and told me that, if the woman filed a lawsuit, to contact him and he would testify in my behalf.

We then had a good laugh. I have been laughing about this for years. Poor woman.

Thanks for reading this post.


  1. Hello Elizabeth! This is Monica from Gather. Great story...good thing you were not in your Scout which seemed to take a pretty good beating..

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  2. The Scout didn't incur any damage at all. They were tough vehicles and that steel bumper helped.

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