More than a few years ago (more than I care to think about anyway), I was a summer camp lifeguard/camp counselor. A common refrain from the campers was “I’ll sue you.” It didn’t matter what the transgression was – giving them 2% instead of whole milk, wheat bread instead of white, not allowing them to vandalize something - they frequently threatened to sue me or another member of the camp staff. My standard retort was “I have a 20 year old Volkswagen, a black and white television, and a couple of changes of clothes. If that sounds appealing, sue away.”
Fortunately, no one ever took me up on my offer. Thanks to age, wisdom and probably most importantly - the fact that I have lots more stuff - I am no longer so flippant about daring people to sue me. While I’m not contending that we live in an overly litigious society, I understand that I can be sued and that I could lose.