Posted by JT-IN on September 30, 2003 at 21:08:02:
Some years ago, we were in a retail business. Unfortunately we were robbed, and fortunately not for a large sum of cash or damages. At the time the prosecutor (who was looking for steam for re-election) instituted a program where convicted criminals had an opportuinity to make restitution to victims for a reduced sentence.
One day upon arriving home I thought that maybe someone had forgotten to invite me to a party… (at my house). It seems that I had several family members of one of the criminals who had found out that day that their beloved (crook) family member was possibly eligible for a deal, if restitution could be worked out… I was quite popular for a few days until they learned that somehow the (crook) fellow was not really eligible for early release… then they all forgot about restitution… Until one day about a year later, he (crook) was really eligible for early release… I got every last penny I lost (3 or 4 years before), sans interest.
As you say… they needed me, so they paid up… hunted me down so they could get what THEY WANTED…