I feel wronged, let down by people and the system. I thought I could trust the law but apparently that has no bearing either. In one case, I had writen contracts by two parties that agreeed to pay me for a service rendered. I did my job but the decied not to pay me now that the work was done. I thought the case was a slam dunk. Took it to the lawyer. He told me it would cost more to get it though the court system than what I was owed (about $55,000) and he said, even if I win, theres still the issue of collections. Many epople win in court but never collect, which would leave me out double right? what I lost, plus what it would cost to lose. So, on the lawyers advice, I went to small claims court without a lawyer, which in my area only went to 25,000.00 so already, win or lose, the defendant already won a 25000+ winfall.
I get my day in court, unrepresented. They had a lawyer but they told the coury thier lawyer could not make it that day. The jusde told me we could proceed but even if I won, they had the right to come back, with their lawyer so it made no sense.
Next time they showed up with a layer and the SC judge was a TEMP! Not even a "real judge" I think they set it up like this so that they would get this judge.
I cross eaxmined them. "is that your signature?" yes. Is taht your signature? Yes, they both agreed. I thought I had won the case but the judge simpley closed his breaifcase and LEFT the room! I asked the attendant "what just happened??" she said he voted for the defendant and that I would get something in the mail as to his decicion.
My jaw dropped. What justice was this? I had based my entire career on contracts up till that point adn I was just told by a "judge" that bascially my work is woth NOTHING! A signagure is worth NOTHING!
This left me the option of only apeal to a higher court but rememebering what my lawyer said, I knew I could not afford that. Instead, I went to the defendants, shook both their hands and their lawyers hand, congratulating them on their win. I went to shake the hand of the wife of one of the defendants and she would not shake my hand.
In her mind, I was the a**hole. I did my job to the "T" and they did not even contest that.
As a grown man, I came home and could do nothing but cry. No justice. My work was worthless. Id been living a lie for 26 years. Thats what the court told me.
In my testimanoy, I told the judge that my whole carrer was based on the strenght of a contract, "conteract law". I told him I have two kids at home that rely on my income and on this reality.
Even after this and many other bad experiences, I kept trying but the universe kept telling me no. So many times I naver got paid and did not take it to court, kept pressing forward, trying to forget. So many people took advantage of me.
Another case, a guy owed me 2000.00. He asked if he could pay it in two payments, 30 days apart. I agreed and he wrote me two cheques, one dated on the day the other dated 30 days from them. The first cheque bounced. I went to the POLICE! Said this is fraud! You know what the cops told me? "its not fraud becuase you agreed to a payment plan. So now hes just behind on his payments, NOT FRAUD! Which would have meant another court case. Walked from that too.
Heres another, while Im on a roll.. I bought a commercial building in a downtown area. beautiful, boutique like building recently built, lots of character, high ceilings, 5 commercial tenants, all on proper leases. What happens? A SOUP KITCHEN (feed the needy) moves into a basement of the building next door to me. By 2pm EVERY DAY a line up would form to get into the kitchen that reached out in front of my building. Anyone wanting to enter ANY of my tenants units would have to BREAK the line to get into our building. One by one, my tenants left. Some broke leases, leaving me with the option to chase them, others expired thier leases and did not renew, leaving me with a VACANT builfing for me to pay the taxes on myself. I couldent lease the building to anyone ebcuase everyone knew the problems now and noone would buy it of course either. BUT WAIT! it gets WORST!
Some of the soup kitchen patrons did not need the service. They would park their 50,000.00 1/2 ton trucks round the corner to go in for a free meal. Others needed the service buy many were drug users so what would happen was they would eat, then come over to my parking lot to throw up. They hurled on my parking lot and pissed on it too. Every Morning, I would have to get to my building before any of my clients would show up and wash down my parking lot so people would not see the puke.
So I volenteered my time on the town's downtown "action committee" everytime I rbough up the issue, it was "tabled" for more pressing issues like what plants to plant this year on the sidewalk or what weekend the Santa Claus Parade should be. No one wanted to talk about the soup kitchen.
Eventually the media got a hold of the story and I made the papers EVERY DAY for about a year. "Local businessman wants soup kitchen out of town". One councilor wrote to the newspaper and said that "my story appalled her and how could I be so selfish, only thinking of myself" Wonder how that would have went over had the soup kitchen parked next door to HER business-- OR HOUSE!?
I went to the mayor. told him I bought the building on a commercial pretense. Expecting to be in a comercial area. The soup kitchen is not a retail comercial use and does not need to be on our main street. He says, "what do you want me to do?" I said enforce the zoning and boot them out. "oh he says, I couldn't do that, that would be bad for votes!" (exact words) I said, they are in a basement feeding some 500 people a day. Its a fire hazard. No "restaurant" is permitted in basement in our city. Stil nothing. THey pay nothing. They are tax exempt, they pay their people nothing, all volunteers (except for the executive board of directors that do nothing, they gat paid) and all their food is donated so they bring nothing to the city, whereas I was stuck paying $50,000.00 taxes for a VACANT building.
BUT WAIT! It gets worst! IN oded to plug us some of hte vacancies, I deiceied to put a cafe in one of the units. I thought it would cost 50k, ended up costing 150k and turrned into a night spot for drug dealers. One guy got stabbed there one day. So I sold the cafe to a woman, me hoding financing. She would pay me out of revenues from the cafe.
Instead, she pocketed revenues from the cafe, SOLD stuff of mine that I had LIENS on, irreplaceable memorabilia, nostalgic cake coolers, all GONE! THEN she sicks her LAWYER on me, saying "its too hot in the cafe and the AC is not sufficient, causing a loss in customers for my client and there is mental anguish and this was the only income my client had and blah blah blah.." Now, the AC got nothing to do with me. It was fine when I owned the cafe. Nobody complained. If the lady wanted 10 dishwashers to wash dishes fasted, got nothing to do with me but again, as we learned, AVOID COURT right? SO I took the money she gave me as deposit, 15,000 and bought a HUGE AC unit on the roof, it was a 7 ton ac, 3 times the size of the original one. They had to lift it on the roof with a crane. It was the size of a Toyota!
Within a week, I got letter and the keys, "sorry it didn't work out" so I was left with nothing. No cafe, no deposit from her.
This went on for 7 years. Finally, I found another non profit to buy my building at a $500,000 loss just to stop the bleeding.
To this day, that non profit pays NOTHING in way of taxes, so theres another building for that city that would have been bringing, at this point probably 100k a year in taxes, brings NOTHING! AND that area will ALWAYS be "bronks".
thats just a few that stand out in my head. I could literally write a book but Im afraid it would be so depressing, it might make someone go over the edge reading it.
There is no justice, there is no fairness. People live in their bubble. As long as everything is ok in their bubble, they wouldn't give a second thought to anyone or anything else.
Want to talk about animals? Who was the lawyer for cows and pigs? Horses get treated like royalty while cows and pigs and chickens get "harvested" and it's completely unnecessary. Does anyone see this? hardley.
Want to talk about religion?