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Melanie Gets Sued!

I’ve been served.

It happened last Friday, one week ago today when I was still in Alaska.

I knew it was going to happen.  Everyone knew.

It’s because of what transpired in evil August 2015, when one of my employee’s got caught taking pictures of his clients while he was massaging them.

I went through all the stages of grief while I was in Alaska (I’m a pro at it by now).

Kenny Rodgers song kept playing in my mind….

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away And know when to run
You never count your money When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for counting When the dealin’s done”

And then the words of ayahuasca, “Let everything go.  You can only find courage in letting everything go.”

My little business was doing great, it really was.  After April, a mere month and a half from now, my way would’ve been paved for life.

And now this happened.

I was going to go straight to my insurance agency but decided against it.  I never had to deal with insurance agency’s before and I don’t have a head for legal matters.  All I know is that insurance company’s have a way of finagling themselves out of paying.

So instead, I went to a lawyer.  A really smart one.  I can tell he’s smart just by his presence, and he used the same phrase that’s been running through my head, “you can’t squeeze blood from a rock.”

I paid him $5,000 to deal with my insurance company’s.  I have two of them, The Hartford and State Farm.

Him – “If they don’t pay up, we can sue them.”

He was very clear spoken and laid the cards out on the table.  The worst that can happen is that I lose my business.

I’m assuming the worst is about to happen and I lose my business (file bankruptcy).  I did a little research and trade businesses are hard to fold in instances like this.  If they have no assets, no money, and are primarily a service industry, I can still file chapter 7 and keep my business as long as I have enough money to afford to keep it running once the bank account has been wiped.

It’ll be tricky and the biggest pain in the ass I have yet to face.

My question is, is it time to fold?  Is all this worth it?

I was so close….so very close.  We have thousands of clients now, literally thousands who love us.  My massage therapists are fantastic people who love working for me.  And almost all of our clients know what happened in evil August 2015, and they’re still coming to see us!

I went through hell with this business, utter hell.  But I’m so very close to it not being hell anymore – literally a month and a half away from it.

I hope my lawyer handles bankruptcy cases.

My ultimate goal is to not be held accountable for someone else’s sins.  If they find me not guilty, I’ll probably stay drunk on celebration for months that follow.

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