Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Once upon a time, my son, Kevin, got into a
fender bender accident with a car full of
Mexicans in Los Angeles...
The accident was entirely the fault
of the Mexicans. In spite of that, they got a sleazy lawyer who began making
"shake down" calls to my son trying to milk some money from him. The calls got
more and more obnoxious and Kevin finally asked me to help. I told him it would
be a snap to solve this problem... but... he had to say exactly what I
wanted him to say the next time the dirtbag lawyer called. I was so adamant
about this, I actually wrote him a telephone script and told him he had
to follow it... word for word.
He did and the problem was solved immediately. Here is
the script I wrote for him:
Lawyer: "Mr. Halbert, this is Dirtbag again. I'm calling about the
car accident and..."
(butting in and interrupting the Dirtbag:) "Mr. Dirtbag, please hold on just
a moment and I'll get right back on the phone."
(Then, he puts Dirtbag on hold. After about two
minutes he picks up the phone again:) "Mr. Dirtbag, I needed to get off the
phone long enough to set up a tape recorder to record this call. It's recording
now. The reason I did this is because of one of your previous phone calls to me.
I believe you are trying to extort money from me and I want to send the tape of
this call... and any future calls from you... to the Bar Association. Now, you
go ahead and tell me what you're calling about."
Lawyer: "Turn that damn thing off! It's illegal to record telephone
"No it's not illegal... just as long as you let the other party know you are
recording the call. And I told you I am recording this call."
Lawyer: "Turn that damn thing off!"
Lawyer: (ballistic babble and gobbledy gook)
"Hey, you got anything to say or not?"
The dirtbag lawyer hung up and never
MORAL: People always act differently
(VERY differently) when you let them know they are being recorded and/or video
taped. This is a GREAT "lawyer taming" tool.