A year or so ago (late fall/early winter, 2020-2021) I got a call from a woman from Delaware, I believe, by the name of Michelle Southcomb. It didn't take more than a couple of minutes to see that she wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but she seemed nice enough and quite enthusiastic about raising quail. She was new to it and recently bought her first quail from that scumrat Ohio Joe for WAY over the average going price. Yet another person who did no research and jumped in blindly after seeing a cute picture of a quail and reading a total crock of shit. This woman was clueless and very naive.
So here we go again. Me answering message after message and phone call after phone call like talking to a wall. Like so many before her, I was repeating myself like a broken record explaining everything from egg to chick, to adult, how to build a proper pen... everything...
She told me about Ohio Joe and his prices. She claimed to have paid $175 for a pair of common $25 Valley Quail, and way more than I charge for her Mountain Quail. I told her the going prices and she was mad.
She wanted a few pairs of Mountain Quail from me and bought them before her husband finished the pens. She kept them in either dog crates or some kind of makeshift setup until he finally finished. I don't recall seeing the finished product but would be surprised if they came out anywhere near how I described them to her, and told her quite a few times just to look at the pictures and videos all over my Facebook page, YouTube page, and website. After all, a picture's worth a thousand words. But she was very happy with the birds that I sent her. I remember her saying they were beautiful and looked better than Joe's.
Every now and again I'd get a call or a message from her about this and that. She joined the Mearns Group on Facebook, called Mearns Quail Breeders & Enthusiasts that a friend of mine, Anna Carson started and one of the messages that I got from her were screenshots of two Express Mail slips that Ohio Joe showed her, claiming that Anna bought birds from him ! That was just another one of that little weasel's con jobs to try to start trouble. I knew damn well that Anna never bought any birds from him and knew something was up. Michelle told me that I should know that my friend was a two-faced rat. So I forwarded the screenshots to Anna right after I looked at them. I knew his handwriting from the checks he used to write to me when he was buying my Mearns eggs and brokering them behind my back.
Joe showed her the carbon copies of two slips that the customer gets back. The top copy written in ink stays on the box. We both spotted that the left side in blue had his name and address and hers filled in, but only on one of the slips had the right red side partially filled in, and had no employee signature. The other slip was left completely blank on that side🙄. We spotted it instantly but someone like her, who's a little slow, would never see something like that, and fall for it hook, line, and sinker. And she did.
I don't recall the next sequence of events but I know the shit hit the fan when I wrote a little post on my Facebook page about how Joe's at it again, and I told of how he pulled the wool over her eyes, but never mentioned her name. She saw the post and was mad as hell and came unglued ! She said, "I'm going to call the police !" "I'm going to call my lawyer !" She was hysterical !!! Imagine a grown woman threatening to call the goddamn cops and a lawyer for being told that she's an idiot ? !!😲😲 That tells you right away that she's a big baby. Never been put in her place I guess ? That was when I told her that she's not too swift.
So since then, she's been telling anybody who'll listen, a bunch of bullshit about me. She calls me, "Stupid Scott O'Brien", and calls me a "mental case" to folks. What finally triggered me to write this post was another screenshot of a post, recommending me for Mearns Quail. The dumb bitch gave it the laughing face emoji(😂). My friend who recommended me was mad and confronted her by private message. She then again called me a mental case and told my friend to "chill". So my friend told her that I've been raising Mearns for years and know what I'm doing (which the stupid bitch already knows). Michelle said, "Whatever", then blocked her. See, she's young in mind and can't handle confrontation. She can't handle the truth.
So remember if this drooler tries to bullshit you into believing that I'm a bad guy, just laugh at her. All I did was this - help her ! Twenty-something years worth breeding knowledge of raising Mountain Quail over a few months' time, answering all of her questions, then selling her three pairs of top-specimen Mountain Quail at a fair price. That's it ! Joe stirred the pot, she tried to stir it between Anna and me, then couldn't handle confrontation. Big crybaby.
Oh and I forgot this !!😂😂 Then she started bragging up Ohio Joe !! He all of a sudden he's a great guy and only charged her $90 for the Valley pair instead of $175, and he throws in a free box !!😂😂 I blocked her ass and threw her out of our Mearns group. I hear she's a regular on the Facebook quail dummy sites, right where she belongs. I'm sure she's having a blast chatting with the list of shitbags that I've written about here. She's officially joined the ranks of Ohio Joe, Keith Zastrow, Matt Pitchford, Derek Wagner, Brenda Hair Stinebaugh, Jimmie Young, and Jeff Earl. Have I left anyone out ? Just think, 20 some odd years of this and I have ten or so people on my shit list here out of hundreds and hundreds of people I've dealt with in that time period. Congratulations Michelle !😂😂😂 Goddamn halfwit.
I'm Scott O'Brien, proprietor of Mainely Quail. I've been raising quail for 20+ years and have lots of stories. I tell it like it is, and don't hold back.