Dallas man and thrift store owner locked in fight - CBS46 News

Dallas man and thrift store owner locked in fight

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A Paulding County man sued a local thrift store and won but says he is now fighting to get his money.

Gary Standridge's battle started back in May when he purchased a mattress from the Country Thrift Store in Dallas.

Standridge said he put down a $50 deposit but then noticed the mattress was damaged. The owner refused to return the money, citing the store's no refund policy.

The fight ended up in court and Standridge won a settlement of $252, which included his deposit plus court costs.

"A lawyer tells me before he can take the case, just to talk to me it's going to cost me $200," Standridge told CBS Atlanta News. "The whole thing taint but $252."

Country Trading Post owner David Chaney said he offered to give Standridge a brand new mattress this week, but he refused.

"He come up here and wanted one that was twice as much as the one he actually purchased," said Chaney, who plans to appeal. "All he's ever put down $50."

Standridge said he refused the new mattress because a court order said he could pick out any one he wanted.

Legal experts said that people must think long and hard before filing a small claims lawsuit.  They point out that even if the lawsuit is one, the burden of recovering any money is on the plaintiff, not the court.

You get the judgment, but frequently it's not worth the paper it's printed on unless you can collect on that judgment," said Michael Boutros, an attorney with Krevolin & Horst in Atlanta.

Chaney said he will appeal this week's court ruling.

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