I am very saddened for your situation, TrueBrit. Whilst I can only go by your character on ATS, you have to my knowledge not only been a regular
spokesperson for the underdog, but every post of yours has been delivered in a most eloquent manner, unfitting the current character assassination you
seem to be experiencing.
What baffles me, is how can a court award a settlement when the only proof is "because someone said so"? Why, anyone at all with a grievance towards
anyone for any reason, could, under those grounds concoct a complete fabrication, to try and work the system for a cash settlement...
There is one thing I want you to consider, only because I witnessed it happening to a dear friend via his own shop. I live in a small enough
community, and my friend's shop was in a very desirable location. Out of nowhere, he had a case against him for allowing youth on the premises with
alcohol - which was a ludicrous accusation, since knowing my friend many years, he would never allow such. In fact he, checked backpacks at the door,
and made teens store them behind the counter for those exact security purposes. The only employee was himself, so it's not like they could say another
staff member let it slip through.
Of course being a fairly new business, just getting its feet off the ground, he could not afford to pay the fines, and had to sell his business. It
was not until many months later that he figured out that it was a set-up, as someone related to local council wanted his location and promptly opened
a business there. But by then it was too late, and there was no actual proof that he could use to prove outright the situation.
Just thinking outside of the box - perhaps this was a set-up, mayhaps that someone could be interested in your location. Perhaps you could question
neighbouring shops, on if they have been approached by anyone to sell in the recent past.
Either way, try not to let them get the better of you. You know your character, as do your friends, which in the end matters most of all.
edit on 29-10-2015 by MoonBlossom because: Spelling