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Monday, June 12, 2006

Meanness Poll

I noted recently that the fellow who sued my shul and our contractor suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of a jury.

Before testifying, I received a check for $15 from his attorney as the statutory fee that he is obliged to pay me to testify. I still haven't deposited it.

After learning of his humiliating defeat, I was tempted to endorse the check and send it to the plaintiff with a note, "I understand you lost. Enclosed is your attorney's check for $15. I figure you can use this more than I."

Here's my question.

Should I do it or is it too mean? Remember, this guy tormented the shul and me for years. I had to miss four days of work for depositions and testimony.

Readers, you decide.



  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger kishke said…

    Nah, why take the low road? Binpol oyevecha al tismach.

  • At 7:17 PM, Blogger simone613 said…

    I say don't, be a tzadik, you will feel better not doing it!

  • At 11:34 PM, Blogger DovBear said…

    I figure you can use this more than I."

    Can't make a decision until we have more details: did the shul screw him? (be honest) My experience tells me that shuls always screw their near neighbors. Between the noise and construction debris and so on, living next to a shul is no picnic.

  • At 9:26 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    The shul did not screw him. We offered him more than fair value for his house. He refused. Unquestionably, the building of the shul itself was annoying but that is inevitable. Demolition and construction was done very professionaly.

    I don't deny that it is also annoying to live next to a very busy shul.

    Nevertheless, his lawsuit was completely without merit (as the jury decided)

  • At 10:37 AM, Blogger Just Passing Through said…

    Not just next to a shul. If it's the neighbor I'm thinking about, his house is now between a shul and the shul's parking lot. Sucks for him, but as I understand it, he was offered a fair price- one he'll never get again since he's surrounded by the shul.

  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger Wanna Be Frum said…

    nah that sounds beyond mean, cruel or sadistic would be a better term... don't stoop to the jerk's level

  • At 7:01 PM, Blogger kishke said…

    Did the shul need variances? Why couldn't he fight it at the zoning board level?

  • At 7:29 PM, Blogger daat y said…

    Be classy above all.
    That is a lot of lost time.Maybe the shul will appreciate what you have done and take it off your membership bill.Look how many mitzvah stamps you have collected.

  • At 9:09 PM, Blogger Eman said…


    For some reason, he missed the boat at the zoning level.

    We would have gotten the zoning approval anyway; we had a strong case.

    I will just deposit the check and give the money to the shul.

  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger Texas Mensch said…

    I say give the money to the shul in honor of him (or "his sacrifice to the community") and then have them write a note acknowledging the gift on his behalf. Ha. That would be way more fun than being a tzedik.

  • At 12:31 PM, Blogger ardbeg78 said…

    Um, his lawyer still owes you $45 for the additional 3 days (and $3/day more for those days where you testified at deposition, as opposed to trial). See CPLR 8001(a) and (b)

  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    I could be RICH!!!


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