Court Battle


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One evening, after attending the theater, two gentlemen were walking down
the avenue when they observed a rather well dressed and attractive young
lady walking ahead of them.

One of them turned to the other and remarked, "I'd give $250.00 to spend
the night with that woman." To their surprise, the young lady overheard the
remark, turned around, and said, "I'll take you up on that offer."

She had a neat appearance and a pleasant voice, so after bidding his
companion good night, the man accompanied the young lady to her apartment.

The following morning the man presented her with $125.00 as he prepared to
leave. She demanded the rest of the money, stating "If you don't give me
the other $125.00, I'll sue you for it." He laughed, saying "I'd like to
see you get it on these grounds."

Within a few days, he was surprised when he received a summons ordering his
presence in court as a defendant in a lawsuit. He hurried to his lawyer and
explained the details of the case. His lawyer said, "She can't possibly get
a judgment against you on such grounds, but it will be interesting to see
how her case will be presented."

After the usual preliminaries, the lady's lawyer addressed the court as
follows:

"Your honor, my client, this lady, is the owner of a piece of property, a
garden spot, surrounded by a profuse growth of shrubbery, which property
she agreed to rent to the defendant for a specified length of time for the
sum of $250.00. The defendant took possession of the property, used it
extensively for the purposes for which it was rented, but upon evacuating
the premises, he paid only $125.00, one-half of the amount agreed upon. The
rent was not excessive, since it is restricted property, and we ask
judgment be granted against the defendant to assure payment of the balance."

The defendant's lawyer was impressed and amused by the way his opponent had
presented the case. His defense therefore was somewhat different from the
way he originally planned. "Your honor," he said, "my client agrees that
the lady has a fine piece of property, that he did rent such property for a
time, and a degree of pleasure was derived from the transaction. However,
my client found a well on the property around which he placed his own
stones, sunk a shaft, and erected a pump, all labor performed personally by
him. We claim these improvements to the property were sufficient to offset
the unpaid amount, and that the plaintiff was adequately compensated for
the rental of said property. We, therefore, ask that judgment not be granted."

The young lady's lawyer answered, "Your honor, my client agrees that the
defendant did find a well on her property. However, had the defendant not
known that the well existed, he would never have rented the property. Also,
upon evacuating the premises, the defendant removed the stones, pulled out
the shaft, and took the pump with him.

In doing so, he not only dragged the equipment through the shrubbery, but
left the hole much larger than it was prior to his occupancy, making the
property much less desirable to others. " We, therefore, ask that judgment
be granted."

In the Judge's decision, he provided for two options:

"Pay the $125.00 or have the equipment detached from it's current location
and provide it to the plaintiff for damages."

The defendant wrote a check immediately





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