I've been getting a lot of feedback on last night's story about Terrell's Siding. Most of it's from people who saw what I was trying to do - get Terrell's side on of the story and to hold him accountable. Most of it's like this email:
"I just want to thank Amanda for all that she has done.... My grandma was robbed along with many other Oklahomans by Terrell Siding..."
But a few people have called saying I deserved what happened. They say if I would have come onto their property, they would have shot me. And that's what I'm responding to tonight.
The people who have this viewpoint say I deserved it because I was trespassing. Here's the problem with that - I wasn't trespassing. Think of like this - you're lost and needing directions. So you see someone working in their garage and you walk up to them. Would you think, oh, I better not go up to him because that would be considered trespassing? No - if there's no sign and you aren't asked to leave then how can you be breaking any law? From a legal standpoint, (and yes, we had an attorney look at our tape), the law says once you're asked to leave and you don't - then it's trespassing.
When I walked onto Terrell's property, I said hello - he looked right at me. There was another worker in the garage so I didn't think twice when I approached him. I told him what we were there for. He didn't say a word. I was only asked to leave AFTER he pushed the garage door button. There was no way to leave except for a side door. And then even that was hindered by him grabbing the microphone.
One posting questions what I said to Terrell once the garage door is closed. At first it looked like Terrell was going to explain the situation. He said that he completed the contract. In response I said "We're not here to talk about the contract.. we're here..." I was about to say "we're here to talk to you about the warranty. Why does the homeowner say your're not going to go and fix her siding?" But I never had a chance to ask. That's when he grabbed the mic.
I read one posting that said I "created the news". Believe me, I wasn't trying to make that happen. Quite frankly, it was a scary situation I never wanted to be in it. Nor do I ever want to go through anything like it again. But I'm not going to let it stop me from helping consumers in the future.