Seamus and Bessie

An Irish farmer named Seamus had an accident with a truck and was suing the trucking company. In court the trucking company’s hot-shot solicitor was questioning Seamus.

Solicitor: Now didn’t you say to the Police at the scene of the accident “I’m fine?”

Seamus: Well, I’ll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favourite cow, Bessie, into the…

Solicitor: I didn’t ask for any details, Just answer the question. Did you not tell the police officer, at the scene of the accident, “I’m fine?”

Seamus: Well, I had just got Bessie into the sidecar and I was driving down the road….

Solicitor: Your Honour, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the police on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.

By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Seamus’s answer and said to the solicitor: “I’d like to hear what he has to say about his favourite cow, Bessie”

Seamus thanked the Judge and proceeded.

Seamus: Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favourite cow, into the sidecar and was driving her down the road when this huge lorry and trailer came through a stop sign and hit me right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurt very bad like, and didn’t want to move. However, I could hear old Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible pain just by her groans.

Shortly after the accident, a policeman on a motorbike turned up. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, and saw her condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.

Then the policeman came charging across the road, gun still in hand, looked me up and down, and said, “How badly are you hurt?”

Now what would you have said?

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