Girls Write Out
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
This is my beautiful daughter, Kara. She often appears as a heroine in a book. :) Recently, she had an experience that shows just how mean people can be, and for no good reason. I think this woman is going to appear as a villain in one of my books.

Kara owns See Spot Clean in Goodyear, AZ. She LOVES those dogs. They are like her babies. She would never allow one to be hurt and uses only the gentlest shampoos. One of the little dogs who had come into the shop had an allergic reaction and got red eyes. The owner freaked out and took him to a vet on a holiday which cost more. The vet told her it was an allergic reaction but she filed a lawsuit in small claims court to try to get Kara to pay the vet bill. Now you can't predict allergies. This little dog had had to have his shampoo changed before after 3 visits. This was his 3rd visit on a shampoo his owner requested when he had the reaction. The judge in the small claims court threw out the case, as expected.

But the owner has now embarked on an internet smear campaign, posting up bogus complaints on review sites. It's been weeks yet she still continues to do it. That kind of rage and underlying hatred is often what drives a villain in my stories, but this is the first time I've seen it first hand. It's going to make an interesting case study for me. And by the way, what she's doing is a federal offense. Kara's attorney has told her to contact the FBI which she has done. They will trace the IP address of the computers she has used.

What interesting characters have you seen that I might like to put in a book?

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Colleen Coble  
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At 10:05 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

How frustrating!

If you ever want characters, see Kevin. Working with the thousands of home owners, let me tell you, he's met some doozies! Most of his customers are wonderful people, but there are some just like that lady Kara's dealing with--and worse!

I'm so glad I get to work with characters who do what I tell them--most of the time.

 
At 10:20 AM, OpenID Diann said...

Okay, I just don't understand that kind of meanness. I'm sorry that Kara is having to deal with that!

I don't let my characters get too mean. I admit I need to give some them some more biting power. Unfortunately, the mother in me says if they can't be nice, they can't play anymore.

 
At 10:55 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Some people never take responsibility for anything, and this customer is wasting more money than its worth because her dog got red eyes. Get over it. I have never seen anyone treat animals better than Kara. I mean, all that organic food and stuff. Her dogs eat better than my kids! The one good thing about those characters, it's fun to watch them get theirs. LOL

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Tell Kara that my family well knows these kinds of people and deal with them everyday. It's hurtful and no reflection on her.

More and more I see these sorts of "villains" in our society, so you using this in your writing is reflective of angry and self-serving people have become. Heaven help us.

Hugs to Kara and I wish she was here so I could take my Bear and Lizzie to her! :)

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Kara said...

Thanks, Girls!

It has certainly been a trial, but I will prevail! It really is rather hurtful. This is a woman who had been coming to the shop for over two years, and if you had asked me prior to this situation, I would have said that she wasn't capable of this kind of behavior. It is crazy! And I have done nothing but sympathize with her from day one. She has said and done some downright despicable things and I have (with great effort) maintained my sunny disposition toward her. I really can't understand how she can be so vindictive. And the crazy thing is, her dog is fine! He had a super mild reaction. I guess I could better understand some displaced anger if he had had a harder time of it or some kind of permanent condition, but that is just not the case. Sadly, she is probably now taking him to someplace that will stick him a kennel for the day and wash him with dish soap. :o( Truly, I just feel sorry for Louie.

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I should talk to Kevin. LOL

I think that lady is going to be upset about what she's done when the FBI shows up on her door. :(

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger SheilaG said...

I think the hardest part would be feeling helpless to stop the nonsense. My most memorable character encounter was years ago on a plane. I was 21, flying home with my daughter while my husband was away on business. A woman, probably in her late 50's (I'll call her CC for Crazy Coot) in the row in front of me took all those little pillows they used to have in the overheads. I could have used one to help hold my daughter, but none were left. Then apparently CC got tired of playing with the pillows and pushed them between the seats onto my lap. Thinking she possibly had done it accidentally, I pushed them back to her seat when she went to the bathroom. Upon returning, she immediately pushed them back onto me. Then, she got out her mirror and kept watching me throughout the trip. I still shake my head and wonder when I think about it.

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I'm still cracking up @ Kristin's "her dogs eat better than my kids!"

I'm sorry, Kara, but it sounds like you (are trying to) have a good attitude about it.

Colleen, praying for tomorrow.

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger SandieP said...

I'm so sorry this has happened. There are indeed mean, vindictive people in this world. I think they are just sad people, who try to take away the "happy" of others. I hope a lesson is learned by her when she is made to answer for her actions. Those who frequent this shop will know it is all lies.

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Okay, would you please let us know when the FBI shows up? I can't wait to hear the end of this. She sounds like a sociopath to me.

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

Wow. Wicked. I've had several run ins with customers over cell phone issues - enough that I'd prefer to forget them all. I'm not sure what instigates someone to take something and make it SO personal. That type of vengeance is something I cannot relate to.

Kara, if I had a dog I would fly it to you for grooming :)

 

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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