Mike Rowe Had a Disagreement With a Lawyer, So He Went Home and Did Something Just to Spite Him
Mike Rowe thought a shop owner did the right thing by publicly shaming people who tried to boost things from his store. When he told the guy, a lawyer behind him said the guys being shamed could sue the store keeper. That’s when things got interesting:
“Are you that good a lawyer,” I asked? Or does our country really have it’s head that far up it’s own ass?”
For the next ten minutes, we discussed the law, public shaming, petty theft, and the rights of the accused. I expressed my belief that stocks should be brought back to the public square. Frank concurred. The first guy in line called me a “modern day Torquemada,” which I took as a compliment. The lawyer was in favor of stocks, but only because they’d be good for business. The whole thing made me very thirsty for the Whistle Pig, waiting patiently in my brown paper bag.
Finally I asked, “What would happen if I posted this photo on my Facebook page? Could the shoplifter then sue me?”
“Alleged shoplifter,” said the guy in line.
“Sure,” said the lawyer. “Anybody can sue anybody for anything.”
“Yeah, but would you take the case?”
The lawyer looked at me with something I’ll call recognition. “If I thought there were a decent chance at a recovery, sure.”
“So if I post this image on my Facebook page, and the guy in the photo comes to you and says I’ve ruined his reputation by telling the world he’s guilty of shoplifting, you’d sue me? Even if the guy is proven guilty on tape?”
“Suing celebrities is fun,” said the lawyer. They usually settle, just to avoid the headache. But just to be clear — I’d sue Frank here as well.”
You know what would fix this?
You know how I know?
Trial lawyers oppose it.
Anyway, Rowe went home and did this:
After careful consideration and deliberation with Frank, I’ve decided to post the photo in his front window. But upon the advice of my own attorney, I’ve concealed the identity of the no-good shoplifting scumbag in the white tee-shirt and jeans. I realize this defeats the purpose, but that’s what things have come to in my world.
Here’s the post:
Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.