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Sometimes it's painful reading other columnists in other cities newspapers. You wonder how they got the gig. My current favorite guy to hate, is this Gene Washington who took over for Dave Barry (who was great). He is funny about one in five columns. Not a great ratio.

Well, I read a column in a Las Vegas newspaper the other day, that was excellent. I wasn't familiar with the dude, and can't remember his name now. But he talked about how the handful of enemies he has now, started disliking him because they say he "always thinks he's right."

I've always had a problem with my friends that don't fight for what is right. And, they wonder why it is, I always insist I'm right on certain things. I NEVER insist I'm right, if I don't know for a fact. And, I'm willing to admit when I'm wrong. A lot of people don't.

A friend of mine that runs a photography business, gave a restaurant owner a great deal. It was a lot less than she wanted, but she knew him from being a frequent customer in his pizza place. Well, when it came time to pay her, he insisted it was $100 less that they agreed on. They went back-and-forth for a few minutes, until she took the hundred less. She was furious.

I asked about court and she said without written contracts, she'd surely lose.

I said, "Okay. Here's the deal. We're all going to go to his restaurant. We'll order $100 worth of pizza. When the bill comes, you can tell the waitress that the owner will cover it, because of what he owes you. We'll tip the waitress, since she didn't do anything wrong. And, you are throwing the ball in his court. If he wants to go thru the trouble of suing, let him."

All my friends thought I was insane for thinking of such a plan. They said, "She should just let it go. It's not worth it."

They tell me I'm crazy for wanting to help my friend, to the point of doing something "wrong".

I'm not sure what is wrong. I'm not talking about damaging property. I'm not talking about death threats. I'm talking about getting your money back, in product.

You see, it's things like this, that make me positive my friends are wrong and I'm right.

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Sounds like fair exchange to me. Go for it!!!!!!!! But hey you'd need to invite a lot of people to eat $100 worth of pizza. Ewww think of the pepperoni.

Sept. 25, 2007

Well, here a few problems I see with your revenge....

If he does indeed feel the need to go ahead and press charges on her for stealing, she is the one who goes to court for the whole "Sting Operation : Pizza Payback", not you.

Our law system does not work where she could argue "he failed to pay me X amount of dollars for wedding photo's so I decided to recoup my losses this way". Basically, she'd be eff'd out of another $100 (and other penalties) to pay back this douche.

If she didn't hold a grudge or want to seek revenge, there is no reason for you to do so. This was her situation to deal with how she chooses. Obviously, if he eff's with you - he's got another thing coming to him (assuming you would eat him out of business to say the least). But let her handle this the way she wants. It's not going to change him. And at least she now knows ALWAYS have a contract agreement in these situations. It's your business. It's how it has to be done.

Let me ask you this - in an older blog entry you write about how you don't feel bad for old people who get ripped off. You say it's their dumbass fault for falling for the bait. Well, what's the difference with this. Why isn't it her fault for not having a contract with her client. That is rule number one. Hell, I learned this by watching Judge Wapner (was that his name?) when I was 5 - PEOPLE'S COURT, baby.

Sept. 25, 2007

If you're going to be a vigilante, we should expect equal opportunity for all, both young and old. Even if it was her best friend (which I doubt) one should still have a contract when it comes to their business. If not, then she basically fell for the bait like them senior citizens.

Vigilante Power.

EOE.

Sept. 25, 2007

Well, there was an old lady on the news that just got robbed by a guy claiming to work for SDG&E or something. I felt bad for her. The dude had a uniform on, talked to her about his grandmother, and said he had to check things in the house. She opened her door, and trusted him. I'm not so sure that is "stupid". It's trusting someone. I'm talking about the old people that give some stranger 10 grand, for a bogus lottery ticket "worth" millions. I don't have sympathy.

Regarding all the other stuff, legally, you are correct. But I don't care. Everyone knows, that you aren't going to go to court. So, they instead try to screw you over and not pay you the right amount. I had a problem with a deli once on Miramar Road. When I told my friend about it, he had a problem with the same deli, when they called him out to fix their cash register. He got there, and they were already having another company fix it. He said "Did you call and cancel with my secretary?" He said no, and that he didn't have time. So, my friend said "You'll have to pay $19.99 for the service call and me coming out." The guy refused. So.....who is right? My friend is, of course. But, he can't get the guy in a headlock until he pays. Oh yes, he can take him to court. But really, is it worth all that time and trouble? Or, should he have just gone in there a month later....and ordered $19.99 worth of food, and then said "Oh, by the way....when I came to fix your register last month, now we're even."

It seems like a perfect solution to me. Although, I didn't think of it then.

Sept. 26, 2007

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