Farmer Bob decided the injuries he sustained in a recent traffic collision were serious enough to sue the trucking company whose driver had been responsible for the accident.
During the trial, the trucking company’s fancy lawyer grilled the farmer in court.
“Didn’t you say at the scene of the accident that you were fine?” asked the lawyer.
“Well I’ll tell you what happened,” the farmer answered.
“I had just loaded my favorite mule Sally into the …”
“I didn’t ask for any details,” the lawyer interrupted tersely.
“Just answer the question. Did you or did you not say that you were fine?”
“Well, I had just got Sally into the trailer and I was driving down the road …”
By this time, the lawyer was red-faced.
“Judge,” the lawyer said, “I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told he highway patrolman that he was just fine.
Now, several weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client.
I believe he is a fraud, so please instruct this witness to simply answer the question.”
“No,” the judge said. “I’m fairly interested in what he has to say about about his favorite mule Sally.”
“Thank you, judge,” so the farmer in court proceeded with his version of the story.
“Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Sally into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side.”
“I was thrown into one ditch and Sally was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn’t want to move.
But I could hear old Sally moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans,” the farmer continued.
“Shortly after the accident, the patrolman got there. He could hear Sally moaning and groaning so he went over to her.
“After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.
“Then the patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me.”
“He said, ‘Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?’”