Decisions are always tough, and for many deciding which side of the street to take can be very challenging. Typically, I’m more of the simple approach to solutions and decisions kind of guy, there’s a fork in the road, pick a side and live with it. No regrets. I’ve recently had something pretty interesting come up that’s caused me to stare at the fork in the road, OK, let’s face it combine my small business ownership life with my personal life and I stare at a lot of forks in the road. I don’t stare long, and sometimes I can be known for not starring long enough.
The Quick Version
I’m going to be going waaaaay back for this post, if you haven’t read my blog for at least the last two years there’s a good chance that you missed classics like; “A Letter to ASD“, “Big T You’re Still a Jackass“, “Larry the Liar” (video below) and “The Bigger You Are the Harder You Fall“. In short, each of those articles were written in reference to the home theater company that installed the a/v system in my house, the same company that was re-hired to assemble my movie theater / ultimate sports room. Overall I spent well over $100,000 with ASD (if I say the company name my lawyer gets pissed) with the Movie Theater job being the biggest bulk of the a/v system in my house. Sadly, “Big T” as I like to refer to him dug himself a hole he couldn’t get out of and quoted me and received money for a system, too bad that system didn’t work right and after months and months of going back and forth it was time for us to tell each other to go-to-hell and move on.
Clowns will Be Clowns
Here’s where things get interesting, you see “Big T” decided that he would make up some remaining balance on the work that his shit bag company ASD never finished. Bit T decided it would be a good idea to try and take me to court for somewhere in the area of $24,000 to pay for the work he never completed and the box of useless components he left sitting in my closet when he abandoned the job. Obviously, I wasn’t excited about this because it forced me to hire another company, Entertainment Pros to get the job done. Their bill was a little less than the $24k Big T was dreaming about getting after ripping me off already, regardless Entertainment Pros service, prices and time frame make ASD’s operation look like it’s run by ferrets.
ASD sued, and we “settled” out of court for $13k…. From my pocket to Big T’s table, to feed his ripping off ass. No sweat, like I said above, pick a path and roll with it, no looking back.
Fast Forward to Now
Allegedly ASD has been involved in numerous lawsuits brought on by previous ASD of Tarpon Springs, Florida customers for the very same claims that I made in the beginning. I’ve been hearing about this through the grapevine for a while now, quietly lifting the corner of my lip along the way. Karma is a bitch Big T, I told you. Sorry, he still reads so I figured I’d remind him of what I told him a long time ago.
Things took an even funnier turn a few weeks ago when I received an email from someone that previously worked for ASD, someone letting me know they would be willing to testify against Big T and ASD of Tarpon Springs if I brought a case against them in the same fashion 11 others have.
To Knee or Not to Knee?
Faced with an option for a little redemption, a little payback, perhaps a large knee to the face or walk away with grace the same way I did when Big T showed the true colors I had previously heard so much about.
What would you do? Would you go for the knee to the face or would you walk away with grace and leave that tomb to rot? Comment and share your thoughts.
I spent a minute or two considering the option of repaying the “take you to court” move that Big T pulled, but the reality is that I’m a firm believer in Karma. I decided to move on years ago, I have more fun slipping in a tweet or Facebook status update and writing a quick post about Big T than I ever would seeing his mug in court.
Larry the Liar Video
I developed the Larry the Liar series around the ridiculous responses I would get from Big T anytime I brought up a concern or a problem with the system that he had been working on at the time.
Keep runnin’ with that flame under your feet Big T