After being stuck in a muddy road, a guy paid a passing farmer five dollars to pull him out with his tractor. He told the farmer that at those prices, he should be pulling people out of the mud night and day. “Can’t”, said the farmer. “At night I haul water for the hole.”


I wonder just how many scams people pull on other unsuspecting people. My wife’s grandfather used to pull one every now and again. He had an old, beat up pick up that he would park right around the corner from his house. He knew that if someone rounded that corner, they would hit the truck.


Since it was already all banged up, he would accept cash from the people who hit it, which they gladly paid, rather than have their insurance increase in price. No one ever got hurt and Grandpa got some spending money.

We’ve all heard about people who will slam on the breaks in order to have the person behind them crash into their car. All the crook has to do is claim that he had to slow down for a cat, which was never be found. Then, they fake injury to get an insurance settlement.


Pretty decent money and it beats pan handling. And, there always ambulance chaser attorneys who will take the case and force the settlement. Or how about the scam artist who went through the McDonalds drive through and spilled coffee all over her lap. SHE spilled it and got a 2.9 million dollar settlement. Crazy!


I received a settlement once, but it was well deserved. A lady ran a stop sign and smashed her car right on the driver’s side door. I was injured, sustaining multiple rib fractures and I also hurt my knee and back.


The woman disputed the police report where there were only two witnesses, both who claimed that she ran the light I wasn’t going to sue until she contested the report. I got an attorney and ended up with all of my medical bills being paid and also received a $10,000 settlement.

What a bone head to challenge the report. I hope her insurance skyrocketed, and I’m sure it did because my car was totaled, so they had to buy me a new one.


The lesson I learned was that if I’m in an accident, even though my insurance carrier cautious not to claim fault, if I’m guilty, I readily admit it. It seems to calm the other driver down and, typically, they’re more than willing to just let the insurance companies handle it.

It’s worked for me and maybe it will for you. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to make an offer on an old pickup I saw on Craigslist.

See you tomorrow.

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