In court, the company’s fancy lawyer was questioning Farmer Joe about the details of the accident.
“Didn’t you say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?” said the lawyer.
Farmer Joe responded, “Well, I’ll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the…”
“I didn’t ask for any details,” the lawyer interrupted. “Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?”
Farmer Joe continued, “Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road…”
The lawyer interrupted again and said, “Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman that he was just fine. Now, several months after the accident, he is suing my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.”
But the judge was interested in Farmer Joe’s story, and said to the lawyer, “Please allow Farmer Joe to continue, I would like to hear what he has to say about his mule Bessie.”
Joe thanked the judge and proceeded with his story of the accident.
“Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side”.
Farmer Joe took a breath, and continued.
“I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn’t want to move. However, I could hear old Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans”.
The courtroom was silent, as everyone listened intently to the farmer’s story.
“Shortly after the accident a highway patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie 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”.
Farmer Joe took another deep breath, sighed, and then continued.
“He said, ‘your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?'”
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