(nil): Andrew Floros (floros(@)wcl.ee.upatras.gr)
Ημερομηνία: Τρι 06 Μάι 1997 - 11:05:23 EEST
One evening after attending the theater two gentlemen were walking down the
street when they observed a well-dressed, attractive young lady walking just
them. One turned to the other and said, "I'd give 50 bucks to spend the
night with that woman."
To their surprise, the woman turned and said, "I'll take you up on that."
She had a neat appearance and a pleasant voice, so after bidding his friend
man accompanied the lady to her apartment, where they immediately went to
bed. The following morning the man presented her with 25 dollars as he
leave. She demanded the rest of the money stating, "If you don't give me the
other 25 I'll sue you for it."
He laughed, saying, "I'd like to see you get it on these grounds." The next
day he was surprised when he was served with a summons ordering his presence
as defendant.... He hurried to his lawyer and explained the details of the
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 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 $50.
The defendant took possession of the property, used it extensively for the
purpose for which it was rented, but upon evacuating the premises he paid
only $25. The
rent is not excessive since it was restricted property, and we ask judgment
to be granted against the defendant to assure payment of the balance."
The defendant's lawyer was impressed and amused at the way the case had been
presented. His defense was therefore somewhat altered from what he had
planned.... This is what he said:
"Your Honor, my client agrees the young lady has a fine piece of property,
for a degree of pleasure was derived from the transaction. However my client
well on the property, around which he placed his own stones; sunk a shaft
and erected a pump, all labour being personally performed by him. We claim these
improvements to the property are sufficient to offset the unpaid balance,
and that the plaintiff was adequately compensated for the rental of the said
therefore ask that the judgment not be granted."
The young lady's lawyer's comeback was like this.... "Your Honor, my client
agrees that the defendant did find a well on the property, and he did make
improvements such as described by my opponent, however, had the defendant
not known the well existed, he would have never have rented the property;
evacuating the premises, the defendant moved the stones, pulled out the
shaft and took the pump with him. In so doing he not only dragged his
equipment through the
shrubbery, but left the hole much large than it was prior to his occupancy,
making it easily accessible to little children. We therefore ask judgment be
She got it....
Andrew Ch. Floros
Electrical & Computer Engineer
Wired Communications Lab.
University of Patras, Hellas