Cosmic - 2005-12-07 07:03:51
IMHO, not contract, no lawsuit. Jus sayin
Sue - 2005-12-07 08:09:39
The gift exchange was hilarious! I love that show.
mnlady1962 - 2005-12-07 08:25:12
I guess I'm an idiot 'cause I DO love you, but I have not watched The Office. Sorry.
The Boy - 2005-12-07 09:46:17
FOURTH !! and I think your agency crewed you... send in the hired killer attack monkeys. and have them wear white shoes when they do that.. make White Shoes the "Family Trademark"
jan brady - 2005-12-07 10:02:45
I know! Set up a meeting with the party people and take in the poor lil' boy with the POLIO who needs daddy to have the DJ job so he can get a pair NORMAL LOOKING SHOES for Christmas!
tali - 2005-12-07 10:22:45
You don't need an iPod to download from iTunes.
Gean - 2005-12-07 10:46:38
Go after the agency if there is no contract.
Nina - 2005-12-07 10:51:51
Well, in Andrew's defense, the shoes did kind of go with the sweater (well, as much as white loafers can go with anything). And he'll grow out of the shoes eventually anyway, so UB just needs to make sure he doesn't get another pair.
Andy - 2005-12-07 11:51:52
The office rocks. You're boy's a homo. And I don't undestand why the "agency" is absolved from all this?

The contracted party if they signed the contract is liable. If they didn't sign, what the hell is your agency doing? Isn't this part of having an agency?
rockboots - 2005-12-07 12:16:43
i can't believe anybody would make fun of your sons shoes, they are great and they go well with what he's wearing. plus he's a kid not a celeb...he doesn't need to be fashionable.
Kara - 2005-12-07 13:13:36
I think you can make a claim for expectation damages. The focus in cases such as these is the value you would have received had the contract been honoured. There isn't much you can do in terms of mitigating you losses as I doubt they will voluntarily give you money, but definitely book another party if you can rather than lose out on more work (you won't be able to blame them on you missing ALL parties for that day). There was a good faith dealing on your part and that of the agency (although I'm not entirely sure why they didn't have the person immediately sign upon booking) but the party person screwed all that up by cancelling on you. And not only did you suffer lost profits, but you also turned down other viable options of work. And just because they hadn't physically signed the contract doesn't mean you have no case. The agency must have made them aware of your terms, right? And they had booked you, not just inquired into costs, etc. They had a reasonable expectation to be held to the terms of the contract. ........Of course, I did only get a C+ in Contract Law and I only know Canadian law but I think you stand a chance in court over this all the same. good luck!
Tina - 2005-12-07 13:24:00
Kara's right, and the law is the same, at least in New York. Small claims limit is $3,000 in Alabama - I'd write a demand letter (a helpful summary is here: and see where you get. Oh but you must try to find another DJ job for that night and if you do find another DJ job for that night, I wouldn't bother bringing a claim since you won't have any damages.
Courtney - 2005-12-07 13:27:22
Of course, you should consult a local lawyer with your specific facts, but you may have a case for reliance damages, since you relied on the contract to your detriment. Find out for sure what happened with the contract. Also, unless you are worried about keeping up a relationship with the group, it might not hurt to call them up and confidently explain that they do owe you the money...they may not want to go to trial and may offer you aome compromise...
Barb - 2005-12-07 14:17:12
I know this may seem off-topic... but... where is the PART 2 to How Men Urinate? There was a PART 1... but, no 2? I had an expectation here. I've been waiting. And UB has let me, and all of his faithful readers, down, if he doesn't produce, or at least give us some type of compensation for our pain and suffering. Any lawyers out there want to take this one on? UB? What's your excuse for this?
Kara - 2005-12-07 14:58:41
Barb: The 1973 case of Jarvis v. Swan Tours Ltd. is instructive for your case. It states that being disappointed in a particular thing you have set your mind upon are relevant considerations in determining a proper compensation figure. "Mental distress" is compensable when there is a breach of contract for fun/enjoyment. Go get him!!!!
vitamin c - 2005-12-07 17:13:50
Barb, I know, I have been waiting also. Yep, The Office was awesome. I so want to be Dwight Shrute's bitch.
Jamie - 2005-12-07 19:18:00
Haha, I agree. We want part 2!
theresa - 2005-12-07 20:25:31
man ..last night on NCIS i saw a murderer with those same shoes .... you might want to pitch em'- from grandma or not- it's for the safety of our country!!!
danelle - 2005-12-07 22:30:04
Or you can get last nights Office episode from tv torrent for free. Whee. I love ya Unka B, but those shoes on Andrew are just..well, you know.
Chris Peters - 2005-12-08 02:05:07
Ignore the comments about the shoes, and your concerns regarding the Princess cereal. My wife and I have three boys, ages 4, 6 & 8. They all have had times when they have liked some thing or another that might seem odd from an adult perspective. And yet? They don't care! It's what makes them more unique and appealing than those adults who criticize them. In fact, as my older boys learn and adopt our adult inhibitions, I am saddened by the loss of innocence more than I am pleased by the gain in "maturity". I know you believe your boy is great the way he is. You are correct in your beliefs!
Connie - 2005-12-13 11:51:44
I have to agree with Andy up there. The agency is the one that handles the signing and everything, right? So if someone in the agency forgets to put down the final signature, the agency is at fault as well.

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