This guy said the raccoon I gave him is not the one he gave me.He found it on the side of the road.It took me 11 months to get it done,my work load is heavy.His wife is a witness saying the tail was bushier and his brother-in-law is a witness saying the one he seen was a little darker.I told him thats the coon you gave me.It was average 10 to 15 lbs. I told him why would I not give you your coon. To day I got the papers from the small claims court,May 11th is his day.I have 5 days from today to file a counter suit,so I am going to go after him for defamation of character, all court costs,my legal fees,lost time from work and out of pocket expenses. I told my lawyer he picked up the coon and had it 4 days before he decided it wasn't his. My lawyer said he better have a DNA test of his coon. I'm not worried about it,but with my daugter being told she has an inoperable brain tumor,she's 34 and my son having a trauma induced stroke in the brain stem,he's 35 and now this shi%,I think of being honest and being a good man,where does it get you,my faith is shaken to the bone.
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Dont you love these chitheads.
There is no way he can prove it is not his coon.
You tanned the coon and washed it, this can remove dirt and cleanup the fur.
Bushier tail, bullchit, yes it may have looked bigger when it was fresh but he has mind shrinkage.
Make sure you supena the coon mount, and show the judge how the hair can still be changed.
Photo of the coon is not admissable unless the man has a gray scale to prove the photo is in perfect tint and contrast.
Maybe you can show your records to support your case.
Other wise I would think the coon mount is a coon mount and a frivilous case.
Do counter file for what your state allows, time, defamation.
You can have your attorney send the jerk a letter about possible cost of him loosing a defamation suite, maybe even slander or liable case.
It's said that God won't give you more than you can handle, but I've often thought that maybe God thinks I'm stronger than I am. He hasn't been wrong yet, though. Let us know when you win this silly assed suit.
Not only for the court case. But for your Children. I do realize this is little solace. But remember Jobe. The lord gives his most richous servants the biggest load to carry. But never more than they can bare.
This guy is a true to life Jerk, How long did he have the road kill coon that they became so intimately familiar with it.
Bite that dog back.
It is a bad thing to have to go to court over a situation like yours. I wish you the best in this fight. I hope your contract has provided a clause for this situation. Make this customer PAY for your troubles as is needed.
The lawyer is right, he has to have proof that it is not his coon. He has to prove it. Did he even have a small game license to have the coon in his possession? Check out the law to see if he can keep road kill without a small game license. Maybe the DNR can look at his coon.
And your family. I will prey for you, your family, and the guy taking you to court.
some of us on this forum had debated the issue of replacing a clients cape and not telling him. I think it's wrong to do that, but some fiercely disagree and made their arguments to the effect. Imagine if you had been one to already have a reputation for doing such things. Your credibility would be questionable at a time like this. It is good that your are pure and honest in this case, but for those who say they would cheat a customer on their capes this is a good example of how they could get burned.
Been there, done that! This guy doesn't stand a chance. I dont care if you let his coon spoil and then you changed it out with another coon. Like one guy said, you can wash a lot of dirt out of fur. Also, some tans can lighten hair. Sunlight can lighten hair. Even if the fur was darker, then you argue the fact that some tans can darken fur. The judge is not going to know the difference. A lot of times, forms dont fit right. They can be small in some areas and larger in others. It doesn't matter how good you are at taxidermy, you can pursuade a judge to believe that an animal never looks as good mounted as it does in the wild. I've been thru this a few times. The only way you can loose is to agree on something between the two of you when you are in the magestrates office prior to you court case. Dont agree on anything! Again, like Mr. T said, if this coon was a roadkill, chances are that it was technically ILLEGAL! Even if it was in season, it was not taken by Legal means. If there is no closed season, then it would probably be legal to keep. Let him bury his own self. You took in a raccoon from this guy that had a fur harvesters license(hopefully), and you had no idea that it was a roadkill. There are ways around this. Believe it or not, I was once so far behind, that a lot of customers forgot what thier stuff looked like and a couple tried suing me for the same reasons. Well, like I said, they Tried!
I wish you the best in the lawsuit and I will add you and your children to my prayers. With all that is happening with my dad having pancreatic cancer I have been doing alot of praying. I hope all works out for you.
What does one have to do with the other. Even if this man HAD replaced the hide on a damned coon, one would ASSUME that he'd have replaced it with one of like size. I can always tell the people who live in glass houses haven't noticed that some people carry rocks in their pockets. THIS CASE revolves around a guy who's willing to SUE over an animal that actually IS HIS ANIMAL. Where does that leave your logic?
My heart goes out to you and your family.
God bless bro Keep your head up.
Good luck! You will be fine, it is up to the plaintiff to prove you are guilty, not the other way around, and he is SOL. You ought to see if he is willing to take it to the People's Court or something on TV. They pay you for your appearance.
Some customers don't pay attention. I had to go and pick up two deer racks for shoulder mounts today. It is for a guy I kind of know and his buddy. So i go to get the deer racks, and the guy did not know which deer rack was his, and which was his buddies! So I replied "how about you look at the tag still attached to the antler?" What kind of hunter does not know which rack was his?
When you go to Court...take a dead coon with you...plus a tanned coon skin...show the Judge and rectum the difference before and after processing.
"Case Dismissed...Jimmy Wins...Rectum, you pay the fine coiurt cost and lawyer fees".
Most TV court shows solicit the employees of court clerk offices for cases that are most unusual. Anything to do with a story and case like yours is ideal for Judge Judy or Judge Brown. When they contact you,and they just might,insist on getting paid for all losses and time spent away from work. The great thing about it is no body looses. The producers will pay both you and the plaintiff any money the case calls for. You couldn't afford the price it would cost to put your name in front of the TV cameras for even 15 seconds let alone the time they give you. In fact,if they don't call you,call them first. I'm telling you they'll jump on it so fast,your customer won't remember who was wearing the mask,him or the 'coon. Good luck to you no matter what.
" Many are the afflictions of the Just, but The Lord delivers them from all"
Hang in there, The guy has no case, just take a brush and fluff the tail in front of the Judge, and that is what the customer saw a fluffed tail.
You are a winner !