About fighting this battery case
Sounds like you did nothing wrong. What do you mean by bum? Homeless? Or a loser? I haven't seen too many homeless people with a skateboard. Trying to gather the facts about him actually pressing charges.
No he can't file a battery charge, you're fine. Does the camera show him coming into the lobby to talk to the girl at the front desk? Is that the witness statement?
Haha i'm in Southern Cali, and in my town a TON of people skate. He is actually homeless, sleeps in his beat up car with 2 dogs.
I did get a witness statement which puts him in the wrong. The hotel has just one camera, which in the lobby and only livestreams i believe (ill double check). I find it super weird that there are not cameras everywhere it's a 3-4 star hotel branch so big, all of you would know it....
A criminal charge such as a felony will have to be served by a police officer and go through the City/County Prosecutor who then decides whether it's prosecutable. (which it doesn't seem so). Even if it DID go to a trial (which it won't) a trained attourney would ream this kid seven ways till sunday during cross-examination. Civil is a different animal... it's a matter between you and him (as opposed to you vs the state in criminal)... So he has to prove three things 1) that DAMAGE was caused to him 2) That YOU caused it 3) That the damage can be "redressed."
The thing is, civil action is a tricky, complicated process. There are lots of "tripping hazards." So even if he has a good lawyer (which it sounds like he can't afford) it's highly likely it's gonna screw it up.
I wrote all this to give you a rough idea of how it all works... but long story short: He's bluffing and trying to scare you. He's got nothing.
...btw your hotel-manager is being a fucking dick for pulling that shit on you. In his case he's playing CYA at your expense.
Yeah the police have to decide if it's even worth showing to the DA and believe me they've already decided it ain't, lol. For a civil case this hobo's got to fill out a bunch of paperwork and pay some fees. That won't happen, and no lawyer will pony up with a "you don't pay unless we win!" type deal on such a crock of shit.
^^^You are a smart muthafucka, my fine-feathered friend. On a larger scale, law is a "political game." The court system is an entity that exists unto itself... It will only do things in it's own interest, to ensure it's own existence. For example, pursuing "justice" in the name of a hobo, who was trespassing on private property, and threatened an employee of the property...
The overriding objective of the DA is to win cases. That's what he gets elected for. If he/she sees a case they can't win in front of a jury they won't pursue it.
But at the same time to the OP: What could we have done to pre-emp and avoid all of this negativity?