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October 2009
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What is it with people?!?

I was so damned glad it was Friday yesterday. It had been a hard week, and I was really looking forward to getting home, putting my feet up, and watching some SPN with a friend of mine. It was all going swimmingly well, and then. . .

CRACK!!

There was this really loud noise that came from the windshield. She looked at me in shock. "What was that?"

I pulled back the curtain covering the windshield and found






I looked out the window and saw a few kids up the hill-- and they had a friggin tennis racket. I grabbed the cell phone and ran outside, where I met two of my neighbors who had also heard the noise. The kids took off and my neighbors ran after them while I called the police. The kids darted into a small trailer and my neighbors could hear them saying things like, "It wasn't me! It was him!" And, "I didn't do nothing!" So my neighbor pounded on the door, and this guy comes out, trailed by the three kids. He walks down, very casually, takes one look at the damage, and says, "I''m not paying for that."

To which I said, "You won't pay for damage that your children caused?"

"I don't work."

Of course he doesn't.

The cops show up and get a full confession-- the kid had been hitting rocks with his tennis racket. Then the Officer pulls me aside and said, "Did you wake up this morning hoping that something terrible would happen?"

Because the kid is 11, and they can't do a damned thing to him, nor his father. The cop said I could take them to small claims court if I wanted-- Yeah! RIGHT! I'd never see a penny of the judgment. The mother lives in Wisconsin, so there's not really any recourse there, either.

You know the worst of it? The kid didn't apologize. The father didn't apologize. The father didn't seem the least concerned. The kid didn't' seem the least concerned. The cop just sort of shrugged in a what-you-gonna-do kind of way.

I just don't get it! There are absolutely no consequences for them at all! Me? I get to pay.

I'm grateful that I do have the money to pay for it, but dammit, I shouldn't have to!

Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
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The little bastards. That sucks. Does your insurance cover any of the damage?

Well, I have a $500 deductible, which I'll have to fork over, so I probably won't claim it. I need an estimate before I decide. :(

I've got a learning-type question! When I previewed this entry, I got the nifty cut tag and when I clicked on it, the picture popped up, but that's not happening now! WTF?!? Do you have any idea what I maybe did wrong?

Have deleted the previous comments as you have figured it out
LOL

::giggles:: Yes, but I did use your link and it seems to be working now! ::hugs you:: I'm *not* taking this as a sign that my weekend will suck! I'm not. I just need to breathe. *nods* Just a small blip on the radar and all that. Ooooohhhhhhmmmmmm. Oooooohhhhhhmmmmmm. I'm calm. It's okay.

It's not like I would use that money for something else, right? Something *fun*, like flying over to see you again. And I'm obviously rolling in money, so it's not a problem. *scowls*

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::sulks against you::

Wow... talk about your trailer trash scum run a muck.

Oh yeah. I've had little incidents happen in RV parks, but people who live in them are *responsible*, dammit! *scowls*

I just want to strangle the whole bunch of them!

Well, since is this is what I do for a living, I can tell you that the windshield will run probably about $1200, so since your deduct is $500 you'll probably want to turn in a claim. When you call your insurance, tell them there was a full confession by the jerks up the road - they'll go after them for repayment of your money and your deductible. You don't have the time and money to take them to court...but they do. Believe me on this. This is also a simple comprehensive claim (hope you have comp coverage) and those tend not to count against you especially when there's another party responsible for the damage, so this shouldn't count against you for rates or renewals.

And as to consequences...if the guy decides he can't or won't pay back the insurance company, they'll do nifty things like...oh, have his driver's license yanked, put a lien on any property he may own, garnish any income coming into the household, things like that. Insurance companies *will* get their money back one way or the other.

Sorry this happened to ya. Only problem with the people over on that side of the mountains is....they BREED and the gene pool just isn't real deep, know what I mean?

I've got a call into a mobile repair place, but they haven't gotten back to me yet. I'm hoping they'll be able to do a chip repair , but that's probably wishful thinking.

This family isn't from these parts. They're from Jamaica. Right now I'm wishing they'll go back! Dammit. The sad thing is, they're *here*, they have opportunities! There is a chance they could become productive citizens! Yet, none of the kids could tell the cop how to spell their names. The cop also said that the prosecuting attorney knew the family well. It all makes me so damned sad. :(

That's too big for a chip repair because it's starred out and cracked too deep. They can fix it, but it'll fail. We won't let our insureds try and go that way because the first hard freeze, or big smack in a bump in the road and the windshield cracks all the way through.

They aren't here because of opportunities - they're here to suck life out of others by using the system. I have no pity.

Good luck - I hope you get things taken care of quickly.

I still haven't heard back from the windshield repair guys. I'll try again on Monday.

As well as go to the park owner and let him know what happened-- not that anything will happen. Probably.

That's insane. And very disappointing. See, if I were the parent, I'd make the kids do something like fundraise or something -- at the very least apologize! Now they think they can get away with anything! *hug*

Yep, they see dad say he isn't going to pay for it, so why should they? I still can't believe it! My parents would have paid, and I would have had to work it off. Probably until I was 18. *g* But they never would have just shrugged it off like that.

That's one of the sad things about our world, kids who won't take responsibility for their actions.

Insurance companies sometimes waive the deductible when it comes to glass repairs. Be sure to ask.

Also besides the money, couldn't the cops give the little shit a ticket? Property damage is illegal last time I checked ....

I'll ask, thank you!

Nope, no ticket, no nothing. The kid is under the age of twelve, and apparantly, here in Washington State, parents aren't responsible for what their minor children do while under their 'control'. I'm stunned stoopid.

I know what I'd do, but I can't send you explosive material through the mail.

Trailer park, right? Don't they pay rent or something to someone? Can you complain to THEM and get them censured or something so if anything further happens, they get thrown the hell out into the street?

Failing all that, make a big sign that says "XXX is a ignorant vandal" or something and put it in plain sight. Public humiliation and teens, it's a winner.

Yes, trailer park. *sigh* Oh, how I miss living in an RV park! Snobish as that sounds. *g*

The park manager is at the lake for the weekend, but yeah, I'm going to be paying him a visit on Monday. Not that it'll do much good, probably, but at least he'll be put on notice.

The sign is a great idea! Except they don't know how to read and write, apparantly. I'm thinking of doing a recording and playing it over a speaker system.

Bloody hell. An apology isn't too much to ask for, is it?

Apparently it is!

I dinged a car with the RV when I was trying to park it a few years ago. I promptly knocked on their door, confessed, and told them I'd pay to get it fixed. They got an estimate of around $300, and said that was insane, it was just a little scratch, and not to worry about it. I told them that no, I'd damaged their property, and would get it fixed, but they still politely declined. The next day I went and bought a basket, and filled it with things RVers need, and a few fun things as well. They weren't home, so I left it on their step, with a nice card. When they got home, they came over and thanked me. I was thanking them, fcol. *g*

I did it because I wanted to, and it's the right thing to do. It's too bad more people don't feel that way.

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The f**king little shits. I know exactly how you feel, some little yob decided to put a baseball bat through the window of my old car, nothing happened other than I was out of pocket.

Here's a virtual tennis racket, go wrap it round their necks!!!

xxx

That's what gets me the most! There is absolutely no accountability, no consequences. It makes my blood boil. *scowls*

Do you have a new car yet?

::swings racket:: :D

Oh, I sympathise with you *totally*. This is exactly the sort of treatment I get from the neighborhood kids, living next to a children's playground. Most worryingly, when they were throwing bits of paving slab over the wall to knock a ball out of a tree, and I was standing pretty much under it. The comments were along the lines of 'so what?' from the kids, and 'I know he's no angel' from the mother.

Feeling for you.

Txx

Yep, that's pretty much how it seems to be! The thing is, I understand that kids do stupid stuff. They're kids, after all, but what kind of lesson are they being taught? That they can do what they please, that's what. *shakes head*

The frightening thing I've learnt recently from one mother, is that she's teaching her son that when I say 'no', I actually mean 'keep bugging me until I give in'; something she's personally tried with me in the last couple of weeks. A great message to teach a young man.

*gasp* You mean no doesn't mean no? *shakes head* Oh yeah, that's a lad who's headed for trouble. I shudder to think what's going to happen when he starts dating. :(