Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Bend, OR, United States
Re: Got raked over the coals and don't know what to do
It is very unfortunate that your trust and honesty was taken advantage of. I'm guessing that guy knew exactly what he was doing and is probably still bragging to his buddies about how he stuck it to you. The good news...I believe karma will come back to him in ways he can't imagine. Meanwhile, it would seem you have a few choices:
1. Pay the toll and fine, chalk it up to experience and just move on. As Ron K said, your stress and lost sleep just isn't worth a couple of hundred bucks. However, don't let the experience change your basic trusting personality...just be a bit more cautious.
2. Try to embarrass the guy into paying by launching this attack on his web site. A clever idea, but I doubt this guy gives two shits about what is said about him. He clearly is lacking in the character department.
3. Work with the Toll Authority and try to get him billed. Personally, that is the direction I would go as it's pretty easy to just write a letter, although I don't have a lot of hope it will work. As suggested by another poster, make copies of your bill of sale and show you did not own the vehicle at the time (maybe also include a copy of your E-bay ad). You might find a reasonable person in the Toll Authority that would put themselves in your position and not like how your honesty was taken advantage of. At the least, if you work with the Toll Authority maybe you can get the amount owed lowered to the original tolls and get them to remove the penalties.
Good luck and let us know how it works out.
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