So, as many know, my Grandpa passed away in March after a lengthy battle with some diabetes complications. He was a stubborn son of a nut, and two years ago, even after two knee replacements he demanded to drive himself to the golf course. Unlike most old people…he went about 400 mph, and was, yes, I’ll admit, a reckless driver.
Unfortunately he was not a WRECKLESS driver, as two years ago he was in a car accident and stupidly left the scene before the cops got there. The people he got in a dustup with went to the hospital and filed a report and were released from the hospital that day. Hours later.
Of course, we chewed our grandpa out, took away his keys (it was a final straw sort of thing) and demanded that from now on, when he tooled around in the White Caddy, someone else would be driving. He agreed.
He also went to court to face the people he hit and face the proper fines and damages. Grandpa’s insurance company also paid for the repairs to the other people’s car.
Here’s the kicker, the people never showed up to court. They skipped completely, didn’t even let anyone know “we won’t be there because of an emergency” or “we’ve decided to drop the case” or whatever. Just didn’t show up. Left their lawyer in the lurch.
Judge said “this case is closed, the folks didn’t show up…let’s go have a beer” (This is not verbatim)
Fastforward to this week, when my Grandmother received a call from the insurance company of these people. Apparently this week is when the statute of limitations runs out and this week, at the very last minute, two years later, the people have decided to sue my grandfather.
When my grandmother, who is still very fragile after losing her husband of 58 years, explained that Grandpa is no longer with us, the insurance company said “Well that’s a shame…” and…wait for it:
"We’ll try and see if you can keep your house"
What the fuck? This is a minor car accident (neither car was totalled, the people were released from the hospital in less than a day). What in the world sort of lawsuit will be taking everything from my grandmother but her house??? How dare you frighten and threaten a grieving 80 year old widow? What kind of a snake scrotum are you?
Listen, my parents were JUST in a t-bone car accident where their car was totalled. My first thought, in anger and fear for their well being and with, yes, a thought of ‘punishment’ was “Are you going to sue?” They thought about it for a week or so and said “Everyone’s fine, the guy got a ticket, no need to sue”. So yes, I’ve been there. My parents have been the ‘victim’.
There are times to sue. There are reasons to sue. There are people to sue. But don’t fucking wait two fucking years and decide that you need to drain an old lady (or presumably old man) for everything they’ve got just because you need a fucking pay day. And don’t give me your fucking ‘mental anguish’ or some ‘fear of driving bullshit’. People get in car accidents every fucking day, it doesn’t mean you should threaten my grandmother with TAKING AWAY YOUR HOUSE.
You fuckers. Don’t fuck with grandma.