OK look, this video is 9 minutes long. I know you guys don’t have a lot of time to fit in watching a video when you are already slacking at work reading this blog. BUTT. I urge you to indulge yourselves. Here are a few reasons why:
1) It’s a half episode of Judge Judy. You have to admit that show never disappoints. She is my hero.
2) The case (no spoilers here, the reason you’re watching is for the defense argument) is someone claiming fraud on an eBay transaction.
3) The fraud is that while a pair of phones were pictured in the ad, what the buyer actually received in the mail was a PHOTO of those phones. To the tune of $467.55.
Listen, this WT twat is no Dorothea Lange or Ansel Adams. Ain’t nothin this hot mess has that is worth that much.
Her argument and her demeanor is what gets to me. I know people will say “Meh, trash is trash.” But I can’t ever get used to it. I’ve known girls like this in junior high, in high school, and there’s been a coworker just like this in almost every job I’ve ever had. It still astounds me every time I encounter it. I don’t know how people get to be adults – or at least procreating age – and still think this outlook of how life works is okay.
The worst insult is that haircut. Tragic.
The reason I want you all to absorb this woman and her attitude is because she is a perfect example of SEVERAL of the tenants where I work.
I only started working at Derelict Arms in November. December rent day came upon me pretty fast and it was all a blur. I remember some people were allowed to pay later than others, because of certain circumstances. Anyone who is on Social Security or Disability always gets their check like on the 3rd or 4th of the month, depending on where the day falls. Well, that’s just great when rent is due on the 1st. So our facility makes exceptions for those people and doesn’t charge a late fee until after the 5th of the month. But if you’re not receiving that kind of assistance, then get your money in by the 1st. Otherwise - $75 late fee. Ouch.
Well like I said, it was all a blur. The complex had just been taken over by new management and for December we weren’t charging late fees to ANYBODY. It was too chaotic, so free pass for everyone. Even though that was our arrangement for that month, I overheard my boss, Flash, telling a few people “Oh you’re fine, remember you have until the 5th before we charge a late fee.” Well, one young girl came in to pay her rent on the 3rd also overheard that.
The next month rolls around and on the 4th day she hasn’t paid her rent yet. Flash calls to ask where our money at. She tells Flash, “The girl in the office told me I had until the 5th.” Flash is feisty, and she HATES the tenants, every last one of them, so she does not put up with anything from them. She starts yelling and telling her she better get her rent in here, plus another $75. I could hear the girl SCREAMING at her through the phone.
She came in later that day before we closed with a money order. And she was half belligerent. “That’s not what you said! You said the 5th!” “No one told YOU your date was the 5th!” “You said the 5th!” “We never said that to you. Read your lease!! Rent is due on the 1st!!” “YOU SAID THE FIFTH!!!!” “READ YOUR LEASE!!!!” Oy. It was ugly.
Here’s what I want to know from all of you. Say you were that girl. You’re in the rental office paying your rent. (paying it LATE, I might add) You know when rent is due. (You knew you were turning it in late that day. You were so relieved when you were told the late fee was waived). Then you overhear something that conflicts with what you think you know. Late after the 5th?? Do you ask? Do you clarify? If not, then do you go home and look at your lease to clarify? And if the date on your lease is earlier than the date you over heard, do you call the office to figure out what’s right? Or do you just pay on the earlier date just to be safe?
If you’ve answered yes to any of those above questions then you think like me. I will continue to allow you to bask in my bitterness. If you answered NO to any of those questions, then I must’ve seen you on Judge Judy last week. Can I have your autograph?
Now that I go back and reread this, I hope you don’t think I’m saying that that eBay buyer should’ve read the fine print. “Reading your lease” and “reading the fine print” are two opposite things for the purposes of today’s blog. No, I think that buyer was heartily scammed. She was sold a phone, but bought a photo. No fine print reading necessary. (although it never hurts to be diligent) That tenant however was just as belligerent as the defendant – refusing to listen to reason, and just repeating the same thing over and over again thinking that will save her. It was true, we did say rent was due on the 5th. We just didn’t say that To. HER. But these people can not be reasoned with. They have no intellectual capacity for that.
This one’s only 1 minute long:
Barkeep, gimme a limestone with a sidecar. And turn on Judge Judy…..
1 ½ oz. bourbon
3 oz collins mix
1 oz lime juice
1 ½ oz gold rum
¾ oz triple sec
¾ oz lemon juice
P.S.: Next time I relay my fight with a tenant. Yelling and cursing! Good times.