A Reddit user shares his story of a car accident and the serial con artist who tried to take advantage of him.
Stopped on the Way Home
The original poster (OP) explains that he was driving his pickup truck home from his job as a foreman and went to get food from McDonald’s.
He Wasn’t Paying Attention
While pulling out of the parking lot, he lightly scraped another car as he looked left and “wasn’t paying great attention to what was happening in front of me.”
He Knew He Screwed-up
OP jumped out and ensured the driver was okay before apologizing and offering to pay for the damages in cash. The driver, who OP calls Ben, agreed.
He Receives a Call
A month later, Ben phones OP from a body shop with a bill worth $2,403. OP says this was more than he’d imagined, but he was willing to pay and tells Ben to get the work done.
Another Month Passes
Another month passes, and Ben calls OP, asking him to write “a check for $2,500, and we can call it even.”
OP agrees, and Ben says he’ll contact him soon.
He Wants It in Writing
A month after their last contact, Ben phones OP one evening, asking if they can meet immediately. OP agrees, takes his $2500, and writes a quick contract for Ben, releasing OP from all liability if Ben takes the cash.
He Hands Over the Money
They meet, and OP hands over the $2500. Ben signs the contract after barely glancing at it and doesn’t take his copy.
OP thought this was a red flag, but assumed Ben didn’t care about the paperwork.
A Lawyer Notice Arrives in the Mail
A few weeks later, OP checked his mail and found a notice from a lawyer. Ben was suing him for $10,000 for wrecking his car and not paying!
He’s Got Support
Luckily, OP had a lot of evidence on his side. OP’s girlfriend also works for a lawyer, who offered to represent him.
Planning for Revenge
This is when OP began plotting his revenge.
He had photos of Ben’s car for insurance purposes. The car had a business logo on the side, and it turns out it was Ben’s business.
It’s a 1-Star Business
The business had multiple 1-star reviews from people complaining that Ben had scammed them, mainly because he quoted a price and then charged four times that.
OP realized that Ben was doing to OP what he did to these poor people, and his lawyer took note of this.
The Con-Man Thinks He’ll Win
As OP and his lawyer arrived at court. Ben smiled at OP and asked, “Are you ready to give me more of daddy’s money?”
Ben’s lawyer stated that OP attempted a hit-and-run and tried to bully Ben into taking a deal for $2500.
There’s the Signed Contract!
OP smiled as his lawyer presented his counterevidence: printouts of their texts and a physical copy of Ben’s signed contract.
OP noted that Ben’s lawyer “was ghostly white and looked sick.”
Lots of Evidence
The final nail in the coffin came when OP’s lawyer presented printouts of the business reviews and explained how Ben was doing the same to OP.
The judge said he had seen enough. When the judge asked Ben for a final statement, Ben replied, “I don’t even have the $2,500 anymore.
He Admitted It!
“Can I just get that then and we will be okay?” admitting to the judge that he’d been lying and had received the money.
OP states that he “thought his lawyer was going to strangle him! It was beautiful.”
Judge Was on His Side
The judge ruled in OP’s favor, and Ben had to pay OP’s legal fees, damages, and lost wages.
OP says that “the absolute sweetest part was that this particular day my crew was on a VERY high wage job,” resulting in Ben having to pay OP almost $5,000!
OP added, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy in my life.”
Revenge Most Sweet
Reddit users loved OP’s story of revenge. MississippiJoel said, “Love it! Did you get paid a lump sum, or did he have to set up a payment plan? Lol” to which Palabritah wittily replied, “Maybe Ben had to ask his daddy for money, lol.”
Remainoftheday gave another popular response, stating, “Perfect… lawyers absolutely hate lying clients as, like in this case, it blows up in their face and makes them look like idiots.”
“I have no doubt that lawyer also took it out on Mr sleaze out of earshot.”
He Was Named After a God
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He’s a Family Man
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Bucky’s Parking Predicament
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