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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hopping Mad!

Do you remember this from a previous post:

"Bad - the asshole husband of a friend of my mother's, to whom she lent money, seems to think he doesn't have to repay the loan. I'm going for his throat when I get back. Can't decide whether to threaten a lawsuit, report it as extortion to the constabulary or as undeclared income to the tax department, or perhaps just kneecap the bastard!"

Well, upon my instruction, the people handling my mother's estate wrote to him, requesting repayment of the loan and got this wonderful missive in reply:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am sorry for not having responded sooner but I work away and only pick up my mail every two to three weeks.

With regard to the enclosed letter, I did receive £10,000 from Mrs A in August last year.

I do, however, dispute that this amount is outstanding.

I told Miss A about this on several occasions, but she was not interested in anything I had to say regarding her mother.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

I opened that this morning and was hopping mad. How dare he imply that he had told me this on several occasions! From over a dozen emails I sent, he replied only twice, both times refusing to acknowledge that the entire amount was due to be repaid, referring to it as "balance due", which I disputed. He even once said "we need to work out a repayment schedule". Now he's disputing that the amount is outstanding?!

He keeps shooting himself in the foot - in one of the emails he told me that he visited my mum every week and brought her cigarettes, intimating that should be deducted from the amount borrowed (even if he had, I calculated a total of 750 pounds not 10,000 pounds) and now he's saying he only gets home every two to three weeks. Caught!

So I called their home number, got the wife. She answered with "hello" and after telling her who was calling and why, I got nothing. Not one single f'ing word. I know she was still on the line, I could hear the TV blasting in the background. When I finally got tired of her non-response to everything I said, and my money ticking away with nothing from her end, I told her that if I didn't hear from one of them within 24 hours, I was taking this to the police. I've been told that unless this asshole can produce written proof it was a gift - and I am positive that does not exist - then it's a viable police case for theft.

I can't believe that people my mother was so kind towards, have treated her like this. It makes me feel sick to my stomach.


Fusion said...

They probably thought after your mother passed away, they would be free and clear, hoping you or your sister wouldn't know about or care about the money...what assholes...

I hope you nail their sorry hides to the wall Fiona, if for no other reason than for all the extra headaches and grief they're causing you.

anna said...

I'm always amazed at how rotten people can be. What happened to the golden rule? What happened to fairness? Ugh - it's people like these two that make me want to live a hermitary existence.

Nail them, Fiona. Show no mercy. This whole situation gets my blood boiling and those two need to know that their behaviour is unacceptable.

Anonymous said...

I always find it amazing what people will do to each other. My father in law stole $10,000 from his girlfriend with Alzheimers, just to stick it to her son.

the last spartan said...

Slithering in darkness. Some people can be total arses, can't they. I will tell you the only thing I can...

Don't get mad...get even.

D said...

Fiona - sadly it is a lesson I have learnt the hard way myself in life. If I still ever lend money to people I now assume I am giving it as a gift which means less benefit from my generosity. I hope they prove my intuition wrong and cough up without the need of the police as you have enough to deal with already without added them to your list. Hope the rest of the estate dealings and your move plans are going well. Dx

Fiona said...

Fuse - yup I do believe that's the case here, they preyed on her. They're NOT going to get away with it. Hammer and nails are ready ;)

Anna - I know, me too. Something tells me this isn't the first time they've done this. She used to cart her kids around to visit my mother, knowing she'd give them a handout whenever she did. And now they're sitting smug, thinking they got away with it. Nope.

OMG Deb, just shaking my head. The things people do to each other!

LS - I was mad for a brief moment, but trust me the 'even' bit is going to be very sweet indeed :)

D - I don't see them just coughing up. They really do think they can just walk away. Could well be that they end up limping!! Plans are going super well :)

George said...

He'll (they'll) get his (theirs). It is only an amount of time before you are repaid.

Be well Fiona

S'mee said...

I agree with D. I've been caught a couple of time, once from a friend (?) and once from family. I now think of the occasional loan as a gift, and if it's repaid, that's a bonus.

Hope you get the problem sorted Fi. These people sound like they have no conscience.


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