A Texas farmer named Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company
(allegedly responsible for the accident) to court in Fort, Worth Texas.
In court, the trucking company’s fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Joe. “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
“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…”
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 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
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.”
Joe thanked 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?”
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