Skip to comments.Store Owner Pays Big Bucks for Video Cameras to Defend Against Lawsuit Abuse
Posted on 05/03/2013 12:29:26 PM PDT by Nachum
Rafael Cuellar, the owner of a grocery store in Passaic, NJ, estimates he has spent around $350,000 to install and maintain his store's camera and recording devices. But it's not to protect him from shoplifters it's to help him defend against lawsuit abusers.
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If I have some time to kill I’ll sometimes go to Youtube to watch the funny fraud videos. Frankly, I think that, if it was admissable in court, a store that is being sued should be able to show one of those compilations if only to demonstrate that more evidence than just a claim should be required.
The car ones are a hoot. A guy on foot runs right into a stopped car, throws himself on the hood and starts breathing heavily as he slowly and very limp just slides onto the pavement. And then the driver shows him the camera and he slinks off for another victim.
Some of the ADA lawsuits are outlandish. A small business can go under because a mirror is an inch too high. I saw one children’s program go under (one that was after school for underprivileged) fold because of some stupid ADA suit.
I was curious about why a civilian would be driving around with a digital dash-cam running for no apparent reason. Someone either here on FR or in the "Viewer Comments" section of the website where I saw the clip pointed out that they're very common in Russia, and that people drive with them to protect themselves from phony accident claims.
We can thank Bob Dole for that much-abused ADA.
Someone either here on FR or in the “Viewer Comments” section of the website where I saw the clip pointed out that they’re very common in Russia, and that people drive with them to protect themselves from phony accident claims.
As the worlds economy continues to tank and more and more people are left with no source of income, they will fall into this sort of activity. Eventually they will just go violent. Actually, one of the russian fraud videos is along those lines. The guy miraculously avoids hitting the car that tried to get him to rear end it. But the drivers decide to chase him down anyway. And it looks to be a group of fairly burly guys, if you get my drift.
eBay and Amazon are full of dash-mounted cameras that are designed to run all the time, most of them sourced from China. It might not be a bad idea, in case you are involved in an accident so you have a record of it. And you never know when Elvis or bigfoot might run across the road.
I have a friend who is ona defense team for a US manufacturing business for just their type of lawsuits and he told that these cameras are business-savers,
Customers will walk into walls and claim it moved to a lawyer, almost.
We had a postal carrier try a bogus claim on us like that. He was delivering mail in the lobby of one of our buildings, and after going in and out several times to get mail, he all of the sudden walked right into a glass wall that he had avoided easily several times before. Then, he made a big show like his mouth was hurt for the security cameras.
Luckily, we had camera footage showing him checking out the position of the security cameras beforehand, and he had some prior fraudulent claims, so we convinced the jury that he planned it.
Coming to America soon! Already here.
I remember the recent dash cam video of the 747 cargo plane crash in Afghanistan...if someone didn’t have a dash cam running, there would be no record of it at all. Of course, in Afghanistan, when someone records a video of a disaster, you have to wonder if they knew it was coming.
Yeah, that was the damndest thing. At first I thought it was just passing over and the crash would be the next one. When it swerved sideways I knew the poor guys on board had had it.
I dunno where my boy got it, but he says that a vehicle they were carrying was not secured properly, broke loose, slid around, and threw the plane off balance. After seeing the way it slewed, that made sense.