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July 03, 2008 – Comments (7)

What of the most disgraceful things about the American way is the sue first and put human decency second.  Canadians aren't like that and it is ok to apologize for doing something wrong without risking getting your a$$ sued off.  It is actually the right thing to do, and offering support and help is also the right thing to do.  It is disgusting the way fear of lawsuits takes away decency.

Back in March some irresponsible jerk hit my mother-in-law in a parking lot, no apology and I only got to see her this week for the first time since irresponsible driving incident.  Failing to shoulder check can hardly be called an accident.  She's 82 and several times she said "the guy didn't apologize or check up on me once."  F--king jerk. 

The think that really got my gut was when she said "I didn't feel old before he hit me, now all I do is go for therapy.  I used to enjoy getting out playing my golf and things and now I'm in just too much pain."  

This kind of "accident" should automatically result in a driving suspension of a year.  There is no excuse what-so-ever for failing to look where you are backing your car into.

7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 03, 2008 at 12:27 PM, EverydayInvestor (< 20) wrote:

If anything, this unfortunate event is a good example of a good time to sue. The police power exists so that people like the guy who hit your mother-in-law can be stopped and so that justice can be served.

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#2) On July 03, 2008 at 1:30 PM, TMFRik (99.89) wrote:

Having a system for people to sue also keeps them from murdering each other in personal vendettas. I'd call that human decency.

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#3) On July 03, 2008 at 1:43 PM, Imperial1964 (92.35) wrote:

Somebody hit my old (now retired) Chrysler a couple of years ago and drove away.  I was mad, but I got the last laugh.  It just left a little streak of paint on my bumper, but it did a few hundred dollars damage to his.

Did he think I actually cared that he hit my car?  It's been rear-ended (bent the frame), backed into, rear-ended again, and my best friend drove it into a tree.  Yet somehow the car didn't look particularly bad.

Anyway, at least he didn't drive off.  Lots of people do.

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#4) On July 03, 2008 at 2:49 PM, FoolishChemist (92.02) wrote:

I was at a conference recently and this woman held the elevator for us even though we were way down the hall.  We of course said thank you and asked where she was from, what project is she working on.  She was from Toronto and I go "Oh that explains it."  She asked me what I meant and I told her "Only a Canadian would be nice enough to hold the elevator that long."

Hope for mother-in-law gets better. 

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#5) On July 03, 2008 at 3:39 PM, dwot (28.84) wrote:

Sure TMFRik, did you know that on a per capita basis the US murder rate is about 10 times Canada's?  Kind of throws your theory into the trash...

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#6) On July 04, 2008 at 2:24 AM, saunafool (< 20) wrote:


I have a great deal of sympathy for your mother-in-law. I have older parents. I've seen many times how a single slip on the ice can change an older person's health, so I wish your mother-in-law a full and fast recovery.

Some of the other responses are probably not so sweet because you seem to say that the guy who hit your mother is a result of a negative stereotype of all Americans. I realize you are mad, but you go as far as implying things like the American way is disgraceful and that Americans lack common decency. (I realize your comments are limited to this single aspect of American life, but it is easy to read it as a much broader statement.)

So, next time you are mad, just try to take it easy on your impoverished cousins south of the border. Like anywhere else, some of us are just a$$holes and it isn't an overall cultural trait.

And again, I hope your mother-in-law has a complete and quick recovery.

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#7) On July 04, 2008 at 11:48 AM, dwot (28.84) wrote:

Yeah I am mad.  But the truth is you hear over and over that lawyers advise against saying anything, even an apology because it implies guilt.

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