This is kind of a long story, but hang in there, it's a good one!
A couple of weeks ago I was backed into in a parking garage. The guy wasn't even looking and just backed up, and the middle of his bumper pushed in the plastic around my driver's side crush can. I was pretty pissed since I've only had my JK for 5 months now and I had just installed my VDP stubby kit, so I kind of flipped out at the guy. He seemed like a decent guy and I agreed (stupidly) to forgo the police report and insurance claim for $400 cash the next day (again, stupidly). Hell, I was even joking with the guy as we walked out of the garage about how I used to work for a personal injury firm and that I wouldn't say "ooh, my neck!" I still took pictures of all the damage to both vehicles and his insurance and registration cards, and I got all of his contact info, and I told him that if I didn't get the $ in the next couple days I would file a police report and go through insurance.
Surprise surprise, the guy tried to stiff me. I was told by his receptionist that a check was overnighted, and it wasn't. Then I was told by his receptionist that "circumstances had changed," and that I would have to talk directly to him. He called me back that day yelling at me and saying that he wasn't intimidated by the fact that I'm an attorney, that he had spoken to his attorney who told him that he had the right of way, that he didn't think he was at at fault, and that he wouldn't be paying me!
I had had enough at that point, so I went to the cops. I explained what had happened to the cop, and he said " hold on, I can solve this in 5 minutes." He called the guy up and asked for his side of the story. The guy told the cop that he didn't want to pay me because his attorney told him he wasn't at fault, and the cop laughed. The cop said that he was going to take my statement for an accident report, and the guy said that there was already a police report filed... then the real problem came out! The guy told the cop that he had filed a police report that "wasn't exactly accurate." Apparently he had a rental car and he didn't have the extended coverage that would cover him if he was at fault, so he filed a report saying that someone had backed into his vehicle in the garage while he was in a meeting, and then gave that report to his insurance company! And he admitted all this to the cop!
At that point, the cop said "I'm going to make this really easy for you, sir - you can either pay this guy the $400 or I can arrest you for filing a false police report, a felony, and defrauding your insurance company, also a felony!" The guy agreed to pay me the next day at 9 am in front of the courthouse... I wanted him to meet me inside after his yelling fit over the phone, but he said "I don't want to have to park," lol.
The next morning he came flying up the road in front of the courthouse and blaring his horn. He wouldn't get out of his car , so I met him on the curb and we spoke through his window. He wouldn't give me the $ right away because he wanted to explain why he didn't pay me right off (apparently we attorneys are "sneaky dudes that try to screw people"). I didn't care to hear his BS and told him to just hand me the $ so I could go. After another minute or so of trying to justify his dickheadedness, he handed me the $ and pulled away.
The second he pulled away a cop pulled him over... when I waited to see who it was, I saw that it was the SAME COP that I had dealt with the night before! I can only hope that the cop was able to get an arrest warrant that morning to put that d-bag where he belongs! Looking up he law, I found out the guy can be fined up to $5,000 and serve up to a year in prison! Yes!
All that when he could have just paid me the $400... lesson learned on both ends, I guess.
Tyler R. - Ansonia, CT
Silver '12 JKRU
6-speed, soft top, 2.5" TF Lift, 35" Treadwright Guard Dogs, Smittybilt SRC front bumper, Superwinch TS9500 winch, M.O.R.E. oil pan/trans skid, Skid Row exhaust loop skid, Dominion evap relocation,*Smittybilt Oversized Tiire Carrier and Cibie headlights.