I once went to an off-site meeting with a co-worker. On our way back to the office, Roland noticed he was out of gas so he stopped at a gas station. He qualified for a free car wash, so I went inside the convenience store to buy a pack of gum while he gassed up the car and went to the drive-thru car wash. I came out of the store just as Roland pulled around and got in line at the car wash. One car was being washed. Another was in line. Roland got in line behind her.
I sat on a bench to wait. I noticed the car in front of Roland’s had a smashed back end but didn’t think much of it. As I sat there, the woman in the car started her motor and reversed her car, smashing the front of Roland’s car. Immediately, she jumped out of the car, screaming and crying, and called for “everyone, look, he just smashed my car!” Roland got out and said his car had not been turned on and he did not run into her, explaining that she had reversed and run into him. She called him crazy and kept yelling. I walked over and said I had seen the accident and that she backed into him.
She continued to yell and screamed “Just look at my car!” I commented that it was already damaged before she ran into him. One of the garage workers at the gas station walked over and agreed that he had also seen the accident and that she had run into Roland. He also commented that her car had been damaged when she drove around to the car wash. At that point, immediately the tears dried up and she stopped yelling and looked from one of us to another. Then, she said, “Okay, fine, if you’re all going to witness against me.”
They exchanged insurance and she repeated to Roland she was going to tell her insurance company the truth and his insurance would have to pay. She did tell her insurance company Roland had hit her, but my statement and the gas station mechanic’s statement went to both insurance companies, and her insurance company paid in the end. She brought her car in and asked what it would cost to replace the EGR valve.. Then she promptly spent the next ten minutes running down the shop that has been ripping her off for years, explaining how EVERY TIME she brought her car in to them, they said it was this, and then that didn’t fix it, so she had to pay more.