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#1 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted June 27, 2015 - 10:50 AM

Driving home from work last Friday, mind I have a 1995 Toyota Camery with liability insurance only. 4 lane stretch of straight road, 60 mph speed limit, going 65ish I come on a white pickup towing a small trailer. I move over to pass, and as soon as I do about 4-5 sheets of plywood come off the trailer right at me. BANG! right in the hood! We pull over to the side of the road. The driver didn't speak ENGLISH, so he calls someone and hands the phone to me. I tell the guy what happened, and he said that they would pay cash for the damage. He wanted to know how much, I said how much does he have. The phone goes back to the driver, a couple minuets he pulls out his wallet and looks in. I motion with my hand (the give motion) and walked away with $50.00, all he had. Oh well, another ding another dollar. 

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Posted June 27, 2015 - 10:54 AM

I likely would have done the same. Then when I got home wished I had reported it, to get full reimbursement.


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 11:13 AM

First, the good news is that none of the sheets came through the windshield and killed you. Everything after that is minor. You probably wouldn't have gotten any more if they didn't have insurance. Chances are it would have become a law enforcement deal with you as the victim/witness and you would have lost a bunch of time too. Be glad you're alive. Check at a junk yard for a matching hood. Shouldn't be more than the $50. Check new prices too but paint is expensive. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Likely the hassle for anything more wouldn't have been worth it.  


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Likely the hassle for anything more wouldn't have been worth it.  

 

Exactly what I was thinking.

 

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Posted June 27, 2015 - 01:26 PM

Here is that scenario in the county where I live.

 

You (or someone else with a cell phone) calls 911. The cop come to investigate.

The non-English speaking guys has NO insurance so your Indiana "uninsured" driver insurance pays your damage.

The non-English speaking guy goes to jail for not EVER having a drivers license, and the immigration service check them out and deports the guy.

2 months later he is back here in the USA, ready for the same thing to happen.


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 01:27 PM

You should have asked for the plywood too!
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Posted June 27, 2015 - 02:02 PM

2 C-notes would have been my price to drive away after that one..  I don't care how old the car was-  The guy needed to learn a lesson that if you are gonna haul something you better tie it down right!  He'll just do it again and again until someone does get hurt!  JMO


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 02:18 PM

$50 wont cover a scratch these days......I would have insisted on at least a couple of hundred. The guy not speaking English is probably just a ruse, I would think....and the no insurance, highly likely


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 02:36 PM

Depending on what I was driving would depend on my level of anger. Since we are both driving newer vehicles I'd be very angry and would of called the cops.

Since he called someone I'd assume he had a business. Someone would of been paying
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Posted June 27, 2015 - 02:44 PM

    I would have gone nuts !!!!!   bad enough that joker didn't have his load tied down correctly but to top it of he couldn't even speak English !!!  I cant stand these people that run around and act like the world owes them a favor because they cant speak English.  you are in America learn the language !!!  if I went to spain I would be expected to learn Spanish to get by.  I would have called the cops and raised holy H%&*    You let these guys get away with that one time they will keep doing it forever, next time someone will get hurt.

   Glad you didn't get hurt,

                                       pete


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 03:33 PM

Depending on what I was driving would depend on my level of anger. Since we are both driving newer vehicles I'd be very angry and would of called the cops.

Since he called someone I'd assume he had a business. Someone would of been paying

If he hit my challenger with that I imagine I'd be quite pissed off insurance deductible 500.00


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 04:23 PM

Wow! across the board. Due to the current situation If I had pressed the issue it could have turned on me and became "my fault" for not dogging all the flying plywood, and depraving a family of 16 - 25 members of $50.00 bucks.   


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 04:28 PM

i would have definitely asked for at least a couple hundred.That would've made them think twice about how they had it tied down.I probably would've not fixed the car afterwards.if the car was newer id fix it.It doesn't look too bad.Best part about it was you weren't hurt.


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Posted June 27, 2015 - 04:28 PM

I'd have done the same thing because anymore than cash in your hand would have been a big hassle that you probably don't need. I also would have taken everything in his wallet be it $50 or $500 and I 'd hope there was a lesson learned on his part, although there probably wouldn't have been. I'm glad you weren't hurt.


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