This seems more than a little ridiculous: the day after Thanksgiving of last year, a guy drove his Caddy into a Washman car-wash place - there are a dozen of them scattered around the Portland area, many of which offer auto detailing in addition to the standard wash. He chose the detailing service, and he left his backpack, containing $4,000 in cash, on the passenger seat. Imagine his surprise to find the cash missing! He thought he might have left it at home, so he went back and looked; nope, no cash there either. So he went back to the car-wash, explained what had happened, and wanted his cash back.
There are signs all over the place, telling people not to leave valuables in the car, which he admittedly ignored.
As it turned out, one of the kids on the detailing crew was a 16 year-old meth addict, who checked the backpack, found the money, took it, and ran straight to his drug dealer with it. At 46 years old, you'd think that Ed Wallace would know better, but no:
That left Wallace without the cash he had planned to deposit in the bank for his party bus limousine business.
Wallace asked the company to pay up for the actions of its employee. Washman declined, pointing to signs at the business warning customers not to leave valuables in their cars.
That led Wallace this month to file a lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
He wants his money, plus legal fees. The company did offer Wallace $2500, but he turned them down. So now he's suing. Good luck with that, Ed - I don't think a judge is going to support you on this one, so you'll be out four grand plus legal fees for both yourself and the company you sued. You don't have to be smart to run a business, but it certainly helps.