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Postby RugbyD » Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:18 pm

some people will do anything to shun responsibility for their own actions.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... 146S65.DTL

Lodi man sues himself for vehicle damage

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
(03-15) 00:51 PST Lodi, Calif. (AP) --


When a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey's car, he decided to sue the city for damages.

Only thing is, he was the one driving the dump truck.

But that minor detail didn't stop Gokey, a Lodi city employee, from filing a $3,600 claim for the December accident, even after admitting the crash was his fault.

After the city denied that claim because Gokey was, in essence, suing himself, he and his wife, Rhonda, decided to file a new claim under her name.

City Attorney Steve Schwabauer said this one also lacks merit because Rhonda Gokey can't sue her own husband.

"You can sue your spouse for divorce, but you can't sue your spouse for negligence," Schwabauer said. "They're a married couple under California law. They're one entity. It's damage to community property."

But Rhonda Gokey insisted she has "the right to sue the city because a city's vehicle damaged my private vehicle."

In fact, her claim, currently pending at Lodi City Hall, is for an even larger amount — $4,800.

"I'm not as nice as my husband is," she said.

Information from: Lodi News-Sentinel,
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Postby Big Pimpin » Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:28 pm

People are absolutely incredible. There's not much more I can say... Wow.
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Postby pokerplaya » Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:30 pm

I needed that. :-b
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Postby JTWood » Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:57 pm

And to think... It takes tax dollars to tell these morons this.

All in favor of punishing people for filing frivolous lawsuits, say, "Aye!"

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Postby Simulacrum » Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:02 pm

I don't... understand... why anyone would want to do this :-?

What's this guy's angle? So he pays the lawyers fees and then, assuming he wins the lawsuit, pays himself for the damages?
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Postby JTWood » Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:02 pm

_Simulacrum_ wrote:I don't... understand... why anyone would want to do this :-?

What's this guy's angle? So he pays the lawyers fees and then, assuming he wins the lawsuit, pays himself for the damages?

He sued the city since it was a city vehicle.
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Postby RugbyD » Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:09 pm

_Simulacrum_ wrote:I don't... understand... why anyone would want to do this :-?

What's this guy's angle? So he pays the lawyers fees and then, assuming he wins the lawsuit, pays himself for the damages?

he's not suing himself for damages, just suing the city for his own stupidity.
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Postby Simulacrum » Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:13 pm

And speaking of stupidity.. I get it now. Thanks. :*)
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Postby thedude » Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:20 pm

:-?SO basically, he intentionally backed his dumptruck into his car so he try to scam the city out of 5,000. 8-o Sounds like fraud to me. I hope he loses his job.
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Postby Red Stripe » Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:21 pm

LOL not saying anybody should do that but that's actually pretty witty.
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