Saturday, March 29, 2008

The difference between law and justice.

Imagine the situation. Your daughter goes off to university and while away she dies. After all that trauma you receive a bill for her accommodation for the remainder of the year. How would you feel? I know how I would. I would be devastated and think that greedy rich people were out to screw me and did not care about people in general. Plus some other slightly different words. The injustice of it. Have they not paid enough by losing their daughter?

I then looked at it from the other side as I would imagine the law is on their side. That doesn't make it right or wrong but simply legal. The daughter rented a flat for a year and the parents acted as guarantors. After the start of the university year the demand for rented accommodation must drop and the unemployment in Liverpool is high so the chances are this place could remain empty for months. Who really wants to go to Liverpool? It could mean the difference between bankruptcy and surviving another year. Not everyone renting is a property billionaire. This could be the only option they have.

On the other hand they could be just greedy. Who knows? As it is a private company and not the government it is seen as ruthless. The government does this all the time yet it seems the escape the claim "In all my years in dealing with agencies and officials, I have never come across such a totally unsympathetic attitude.". Clearly Mickey Brady has had minimal involvement with our government in his life.

It is a difficult situation with most of us on the side of the couple. These situations show that life though is not black and white. There is right and wrong in life, justice and law and the right thing doesn't always happen. Read the, surprisingly short, story here where I notice the name of the agency is missing.

3 Comments:

At 1:31 pm, Blogger John East said...

In my experience it's amazing the number of creeps who show up at the funeral claiming unpaid debts, often family members. In this case as guarantors they must pay, although it would be a good gesture if the agency were to refund the money if they manage to re-let the flat.

 
At 3:23 pm, Blogger Bag said...

Agreed but the fact that they are chasing this means they must be prepared for the backlash. Sadly I doubt that after a case like this anyone you give back the money. Although I have been surprised before at both extremes when it comes to financial issues, both generosity and greed.

 
At 12:00 pm, Blogger Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

The law is an ass, Bag.

 

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