Woman gets caught sprucing up a lie

You know it, I know it and the American people know it – even Bob Dole used to always say it.

The “it” being the fact that lying is, by all accounts, the opposite of the right thing to do. It is, by its very nature, as bad as Michael Jackson’s 1987 album by the same name.

In case you doubt it still, I present exhibit A, also known as the “Liar, liar pants on fire” defense, OK?

Either way, I happened upon a story recently that belies the point.

According to a report by London’s The Telegraph newspaper, a woman in Ireland recently lost more than $800,000 in an injury lawsuit (stemming from a car crash) after photos surfaced that showed her launching a Christmas tree during a post-holiday competition — and winning the event.

As if competing alone wasn’t enough of a breach? Sheesh!

Anyway, it seems Kamila Grabska, 36, sued an insurance agency in Great Britain called RSA Insurance, after claiming that a 2017 car crash caused her debilitating neck and back pain that prevented her from holding down a job for five years. The report described Grabska as a mom of two from the town of Ennis in County Clare, Ireland.

The car accident was the result of someone hitting Grabska’s car from the rear, and allegedly left her unable to carry her young children or complete household chores. She quit her job shortly after, received disability payments and argued that her previous and future lost income totaled more than $500,000, according to the Telegraph.

Newspaper reports, however, soon surfaced of Grabska competing in a Christmas tree-throwing event on Jan. 8, 2018, nearly a year after the accident supposedly left her with “disabling pain.” The Irish High Court reviewed a photo of Grabska launching a tree, which the judge, Carmel Stewart, described as a “very graphic picture.”

The competition apparently involves people throwing roughly 5-foot spruce trees as far as they are able.

The court also reportedly reviewed video recorded last year of Grabska playing with a Dalmatian in a dog park for more than an hour, according to other media reports.

Grabska denied that she faked her injuries while in court, saying she was just “trying to live a normal life.”

The judge wasn’t having it.

“It is a very large, natural Christmas tree and it is being thrown by her in a very agile movement. I’m afraid I cannot but conclude the claims were entirely exaggerated. On that basis, I propose to dismiss the claim,” the judge said.

Apparently Grabska’s attorneys did not comment.

Speaking of judges, I’m not one to do so, and I urge you all to draw your own conclusions but it seems Grabska may be indeed finding her pants aflame sometime very soon, capisce?

Here’s to all us truth tellers. We know that, although telling the truth isn’t the golden rule, it certainly is shiny – and absolutely worth the effort.


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