Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Joe Returns

I got a call from Joe, the old cabinet guy today. He wanted to send me a fax. The fax at the number he currently has is out of ink and apparently, it's not accepting new faxes. He first asked me for another fax number so he could fax me some paperwork. I told him I was done dealing with him and refused to give him a number. He said ok and hung up.

About 30 seconds later, he called me back and told me the owner of the trailer wants to know where the trailer is. I told Joe I did what I told him I was going to do in my fax. Joe is claiming he was out of town and didn't get my fax until just now and he was going to fax me his plane tickets to prove it. I told him I have been telling him for at least a month that I wanted the trailer gone and I asked Joe why he hadn't hauled it away in all that time. He never answered that question. Joe said the owner was going to report the trailer stolen. I explained that, since Joe was not returning my phone calls or faxes and that the trailer had been sitting on my property for months, it was an abandoned vehicle and I had spoken with the city and they told me I could do what I wanted with it. I also told Joe I was done talking to him and hung up.


Anonymous said...

Well, that's certainly an interesting twist to the story. Any ideas on what you're going to do if the trailer's 'owner' really does file a police report? Do you have any documentation from the county concerning it being classified as abandoned property?

Shaun said...

In Arizona, if a vehicle is on private property, the only requirement for it to be classified as abandoned is that it is there for more than 72 hours. The trailer was there for well over that, but for proof, I can show my fax stating the trailer was there which was sent on Thursday evening and the trailer was hauled away the follwing Wednesday or Thursday. That's well over 72 hours. Because it was on private property, there is no notification of the trailer owner needed. All that is needed for its removal is the written permission of the property owner where the vehicle is located. Since I am the owner, I have that. In fact, Arizona law specifically states that, if on private property, the only thing the police will do is check to see if it is a stolen vehicle. They don't attempt to find the owner or tow it away. It is the property owner's responsibility to remove the vehicle.

Now, if it was abandoned on public property (if it was left on the street in front of the house, for instance), that's a whole other story.

Anonymous said...

That's too funny. What I don't understand is why Joe the cabinet guy was out of town at the same time he promised to finish your cabinets. It sounds like 1) he needs a dayplanner, or 2) he's stupid.

Tom @ Sixth World

Trisha#1 said...

Don't sweat it, Shaun! Joe's totally lying to you. I think it's wonderful you got a little revenge!

Nikki said...

Push comes to shove, you've got all the details listed here, on your timestamped blog.

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