We went to the JP's office to see what needed to be done to file in small claims court. The problem? We didn't have a physical address, just a PO Box. SG had already talked to the Constable, who said it wasn't a problem, just file and give the paperwork to him, and he'd "go down and sit at *other county's* Post Office until he showed up to get his mail."
The JP's office said no - the Constable wouldn't SEE the paperwork, since the address we had was in *other* county.
Well, the Constable wasn't happy about that. He told us to write him a letter giving the broad outline of the problem. So....I did. I wasn't in-depth, but I listed dates, $$ amounts, promises, and problems. I dropped it off at the Constable's office - he wasn't in, but his Deputy was. Deputy tried to do some digging, but wasn't successful; he said Constable would handle it.
3 days later, the Constable called me. (He's a charming gentleman. Old-school gentleman, if that tells you anything.) He said "Your letter, it made me MAD. People shouldn't do that to folk. I've called and left him a message, but I'm not going to wait - I'm going to go to *other county's* Post Office tomorrow, and I'm going to talk to them. They won't give me info over the phone, you know, 'cause I could be nobody, but I'll go in and they will. I'll do what I can - you pay taxes?" "Ummm...yes sir!?" "Well, thank you - YOU write me a paycheck ever' 2 weeks, and I owe you. I'll do my best - one way or another we'll get this guy." And so forth. For 15 minutes or so. :lol:
Anyway, we let it sit. I was supposed to go to the JP's first thing today and file (SG got paid - they require cash or cashier's check), but had a feeling I didn't need to go. So...I didn't. I'm glad - about 9:45 the Constable called me - WITH a physical address. He told me Mike was told to CALL US TODAY or TOMORROW - and said that if he didn't, I was to go Monday and file, and he'd take care of serving him. AND...if he didn't pay us, we could get a judgement against him (and he told me how, and where, and...lots of other stuff. :lol:)
I thanked him profusely, and ran him up a dozen fresh eggs. I told him it was the LEAST we could do (even though we don't have any $$$ yet.) - we now have an address to get the papers served to him.
SG and I had already talked last week - all we want (really) is the pool money back. SG called an installer yesterday and set them up - we had to use the Am Ex for that (and are now back deep in debt. :sigh:) The $$$ from Mike will at least pay THAT off (we also had to buy sand....but that's only $250, and we'll have a lot left over for other projects. We needed 6 yards; it was cheaper to buy 10.)...we won't have a deck for a while, but at least Herself will be able to have her pool party.
BUT. If we have to file the suit...we want it ALL. The pool $$, the A/C $$, the door repair, and the window repair $$. SG wants to add in pain and suffering...not sure that'll go over, but yeah - it's worth a shot.
So. That's what we've been working on - I didn't want to say anything until AFTER we had something, just in case.
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