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You be the judge

Posted Saturday, August 8, 2009, at 2:55 PM

Two Shelbyville women -- near neighbors, one lives a few trailers away from another -- both claim ownership of a scooter, a police report said last week.

One is accusing the other of stealing the scooter, which has teeth marks on one of the handlebars (which is a story in itself. I've heard of gripping handlebars hard, but with your teeth???)

The accused said she bought it for $3 or $4 at a yard sale. Neither has proof of ownership. Neighbors said they'd seen both women with the scooter.

The investigating officer told the accuser to take it to the judicial commissioner.

So...You're the judicial commissioner. How do you handle the case? (My inclination would be to tell them to work it out among themselves without proof of ownership.)

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Ask the folks who ran the yard sale who they sold it to.

I don't think offering to cut the scooter in half would help but it would be interesting to see who owned it if somebody made a complaint that a scooter answering its description caused an injury or did some serious property damage.

(If it's a Rascal type scooter rather than the skateboard- with-a-stick type,I'd offer them $10 and they could split the money.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 3:31 PM

If im not mistaken the one who claimed it was from a yard sale could not "remember" where the sale was at...just on some back road or something...I could be wrong...

-- Posted by driedleaves on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 3:40 PM

Perhaps,someone will come forward to corroberate her story.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 6:28 PM

driedleaves' first question. "Mam, will you please provide the address of the yard sale so we can send someone to check it out. If she couldn't answer or completely freaked out, the problem would clear up quicker that a Shelbyville squall. If she has a good answer it gets more complicated, I'd go with quantumcat.

-- Posted by kyosaku on Sun, Aug 9, 2009, at 7:26 PM

I don't know - I still kind of like the Solomon solution ...

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 11:28 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.