At 2:45 this afternoon, I received a phone call from a woman that told me she had Fiona. She told me that her son, Eddie, had bought Fiona for $200 from a man at the Safeway Supermarket on Rainier Ave. S (The one between Genesee and McClellan). Their claim is that Eddie’s grandfather saw the poster of Fiona being stolen in Columbia City and told the mother (her name is Tonie), and then she called. She did tell me her son paid $200 and how was her son going to get his money back. This was said in a way that led me to believe that they just might NOT bring her home unless I was willing to reimburse the son. So, in this position, I said no problem.
HOWEVER, in the 10 minutes between her calling and arriving a the house (yes, in retrospect, I am aware I should have had a different meeting place so they wouldn’t know where I lived, whoops) I called the police and was told that if they handed the dog over, I have to assume they are telling the truth and have no case, but, I was under no obligation to pay them anything… if they had a problem with that, they could file a civil claim.
When they arrived, they had Fiona, whom I immediately took from them and put in the house before speaking with them. I then asked Eddie why I should pay him for his mistake (remember, I am assuming their story as true while talking to them). He claims he didn’t make a mistake. Tonie then interjected and said “where we’re from, people buy dogs off the street, that’s where they get them”. Other comments included “Your dog was real friendly to the person who sold it, so we had no reason not to believe it was theirs”
So, understand, this is what I’m up against and have already realized my mistake of letting them know where I live, so I asked him what he thought was a fair amount, considering he bought my dog off the street. Tonie said “at least $150”. After explaining to Eddie that what he did is not done around here, that what he did was purchase stolen property, etc… I gave him $150.
I did get the license plate
805 UAN Washington State
Eddie is 18, 6’1” African- American, with crooked front teeth
Tonie is his mother 5’6” African-American, with tattoos on her neck and arms
There were two other people in the car; the only one I can identify is the girl in the backseat 16-18 years of age, African-American with light blue eyes