Farmer Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to
take the trucking company (responsible for the accident) to court. In
court the trucking company's fancy lawyer was questioning Farmer Joe.
you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,'" said the lawyer.
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 said, "Well
I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road..."
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
on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident
he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him
to simply answer the questions."
By this time the Judge was fairly
interested in Farmer Joe's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to
hear what he has to say about his favorite mule Bessie."
the Judge and proceeded, "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.
"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 ole Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was
in terrible shape just by her groans. 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.
He said, "Your mule was
in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?"