The days of hiding corporate hate, racism, hostility, discrimination, intimidation, bullying and indiscriminately ruining people’s lives are over. It's time to tell the truth and for justice to prevail.
Sometime during the latter part of last week, Sam Swope Auto Group discovered that I’ve aired their dirty laundry and they’re not happy. After I posted my family’s story on the RipOff Report, it took them probably about a day to contact their attorney and ‘demand’ that I take the site down — or else.
Yes, well, whatever. I’m not scared, intimidated or impressed. They bullied my husband for over four years – apparently they think they can scare me. So, I’ve decided I would respond to their attorney, Katherine J. Hornback, here on my site… since she is monitoring it (I feel so special).
But first, here is their attorney’s letter:
I have personally published on the internet the ‘very lengthy and involved discussion’ regarding the discrimination, racism, hate and bigotry that your client, Sam Swope Auto Group, directed at my husband for over four years. I think I made it pretty clear on my site that it is MY site. Maybe you should pay better attention.
Sam Swope Auto Group and each of the employees mentioned have done everything (and then some) I have stated on my website. Your client is very used to calling the shots and telling people what they are and are not going to do. Let me make it very clear to you… I’m not impressed or intimidated by your client or their threats. As a matter of fact, I expect it. Your client is a corporate bully and my personal opinion, based on MY experiences with them, is something that is protected under the First Amendment as free speech. That little fact might chap the backside of your client, but I cannot help that. This isn’t a communist country and I have every right to speak my mind and give my opinions regarding your client and what they did to my family – independently of anyone else. You know WHY I have that right, Katherine? Because, first, I didn’t sign an arbitration agreement, a settlement agreement or a non-disparagement agreement. Secondly, I LIVED what is written in these pages for four years. What your client did didn’t just affect my husband, it affected our ENTIRE family and our quality of life to such an extent that we had to sell most of our belongings in order to have the funds to move away from Louisville. Yes, my husband signed an agreement, but I signed nothing and agreed to keep nothing silent or out of the public eye. As a matter of fact, I related to Mike Sanderson during a phone conversation with him that if they didn’t do the right thing that I would have no problem making the world aware of what goes on behind the doors at Sam Swope Auto Group. Maybe he wasn’t listening. Hopefully I have everyone’s attention now.
I have been very involved in everything that has transpired between your client and my husband from the beginning of his employment until we walked out of mediation. I was present during the entire mediation and privvy to every piece of paper that came in that room. Maybe if you weren’t so worried about what you were going to eat, you would have been aware of that. I was the person who logged all the abuse that my husband suffered at the hands of your client and I’m the person who put each and every complaint together and sent them to your client. I was also the one your client had to go through after my husband terminated his employment. What this means for those with short attention spans is that I had EVERY piece of information regarding your client way prior to this mediation, as well as during it. To insinuate that this wasn’t the case and my husband somehow ‘disclosed’ it to me after the fact or that he didn’t tell me it was ‘confidential’ is ridiculous. My correspondence with your client proves that I already knew everything. So, trying to cover your bases after the fact is really second-rate for an attorney, Katherine, and if this is your best shot, you guys are in a lot of trouble. Also, weren’t you the one who was contesting the fact that my husband had insurance during the mediation? Something so basic and elementary to find out — seeing as how he had it through your client, yet our attorneys had to argue with you over it for an extended period of time. Apparently, you’d also made the comment that my husband could have “made up” the insurance statements we provided. Again, paying attention doesn’t seem to be your strong suit. It seems you have a bad habit of not doing your homework – or you would have known that. I do my homework, Katherine… of that I can assure you.
The bottom line is that I am a FREE agent. I am an individual. I can do or say whatever I want — and no one is going to stop me… do you understand? I will continue to expose your client and will eventually post ALL of the information that is in MY possession and I will disclose and post EVERYTHING you send me… just so we’re clear on that. My husband, up to this point, still has no knowledge of what is going on… and I intend to keep it that way for as long as possible. Make no mistake… NO ONE, including my husband, is going to make me take down my website.
I do want to point out that the more you pursue me in an attempt to stem the tide of what is fast becoming a corporate train wreck for your client, the bigger this is going to get, the more information people are going to have, the more you will be in the public eye. Do you understand that concept? The more you stir something, the more it’s going to stink — especially for your client. You people may control Louisville, Kentucky to a large extent, but you do not control the world. Your client can’t tell the world they didn’t know what they were doing. They can’t even tell the world that they care — even though that’s their new motto, which is a load of crap. The only thing your client ‘cares’ about is control and money. Marsha Coulter, was sent away for ‘sensitivity training’ according to Mike Sanderson back in 2009. Sam Swope just paid out a small sum of money because of Marsha and the others involved in this… and she is still employed by your client. All of them are still employed. Perception is reality, Katherine… and in this case, it’s dead on.
I have indeed published the personal contact information of your client and all upper management who were involved in this fiasco on the internet because the work phone numbers, home addresses and email addresses are all in the public domain. Just so we are clear on this (because I feel I have to explain this to you like I would a five year old based on your inability to connect the dots with the crayon you’re using) that means that they are searchable on the internet IF you know where to look. For instance, all property records are in the PUBLIC DOMAIN in Jefferson County… here’s an example for you: http://www.jcsoky.org/ptax_search.htm. You can put Ken Gelley’s name in there and presto.
So, please tell your client if they want to come after me? I’m prepared for them. Just know that the world is going to hear about every detail and every move you make.
By the way, have you seen our 11 year old’s website? She’s a very bright and engaging girl – I believe she glared at you outside the bathrooms at the mediation after you made the mistake of trying to be friendly – I would gather by her animosity that you realized she’s pretty angry at your clients for making a circus out of our lives. Maybe your clients can try to sue her for her opinions about them, as well?
The PR implications of this is something your client should have thought about prior to making the decision to invoke their “deep pockets” clause. Coming to the mediation table with an insulting amount and refusing to budge — and leaving us with the burden of paying my husband’s medical bills — well, that’s kind of really what did it for me. Sometimes doing what’s right BECAUSE it’s the right thing to do makes more sense in the long run. However, I’m unconvinced that your clients have any idea what ‘doing the right thing is’ … and it is my personal opinion that they are morally bankrupt. And THAT is the purpose for this site. If they can’t do the right thing by themselves, maybe they can be shamed into doing the right thing. Justice — with a side dish of corporate embarrassment — is in order.
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