I am fairly convinced that the root of many a contemporary lawsuit stem from one basic thing: a failure to respond to a request. A failure to discuss a matter.
It’s that stupid Godfather movie, the one where the actor says, “here’s my offer, Senator. Nothing.” I just think it put it into a whole generation’s head that that sort of behavior was acceptable. [Update: As I read the actual movie quote, though, it looks like Geary was asking to shakedown the Coreleones for more money. So the quote has taken a life of its own in the quips about bargaining intransigence and purposefully ignoring entreaties.]
Because later, these weasels will invariably try to bring up, as an issue, “If only you had come to us about this!” to try and make you look bad.
When I get a chance to link it, I’m putting the report about how the United States was found to have a banana republic level of justice in contemporary times. It’s true. People just don’t take certain important basic things seriously anymore.