December 29, 2004
Bullshit lawsuits are the bane of every business in this country, and the bigger the business, the more bullshit it attracts. My brother deals with this crap all the time, and he can tell you stories that'll curl your teeth about professional slip-and-fall bandits, auto insurance fraud-meisters and other scumbuckets who scam our legal system for a quick buck.
Usually the pissants get paid, too--- because it's less expensive to pay a lying bastard $5,000 and have him go away than it is to fight a bullshit case in court. But it doesn't always go that way.
Under oath in a deposition, Gregg claimed a stranger, Charles Maxwell, had approached him after the fall and volunteered that he had warned the restaurant's management only 15 minutes before that the floor was slippery. The foundation for injury compounded by negligence now laid, McDonald's agreed to settle the case through arbitration. An arbitrator awarded Gregg $30,000.
Thirty grand isn't a bad haul for a con-artist. But this one got greedy.
Instead of being $30,000 wealthier, Gregg is spending 30 days in jail. Apparently, he got greedy and, as the Associated Press story wittingly related, decided he wanted to "supersize" that arbiter's judgment. He appealed and requested a jury trial, which was supposed to start last week.
Heh. If the thieving bastard had been content with his original ill-gotten gains, he would have walked away with $30,000 he didn't deserve. But he saw that the scam was SOOOO EASY that he went for more. The crook got caught this time. Justice was served.
But that kind of case is too rare today.
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