Okkkkk, sort of a repeat of yesterday. Turned on TPC and went to kitchen to fix lunch. Difference today was first case actually caught my attention enough that I rewound it and started watching.
Whose name's on the title!?!: p bought an ancient car knowing seller didn't have title, but was promised seller a title shortly. Remarkable thing is buyer telling us he would have been happy with the $450 1998 car if seller had ever produced the promised title. But, nooooo, 4-5 months after paying and taking delivery he still has no title, gets disgusted and leaves the car in seller's driveway. Oh, wait, dude left car in driveway so that seller couldn't get his other cars in/out of drive, ah, must have forgot to leave the keys. MM has some fun with this case, as D is terrible with things like dates, names, etc and who actually owned car at time of sale. Says he eventually got title - evidently it took so long because he was trying to get DMV to issue the title online instead of getting off his butt and going in person. Yeah, dude finally got title, but nooooo, didn't think to bring it with him to court. MM orders seller to return P's money, plus court costs, plus interest from time car was 'sold'
guy wants to be paid for merchandise: Ps say they own/operate a custom blind/shutter business, installed blinds for D in new house, still owned $1600+. Total price something over 5 grand. D says inept P kept screwing up, ordering wrong size, damaging walls trying do install, and after 8 months enough was enough - oh, and P has a potty mouth and used foul language in the house. D files countersuit for $800 for damaged walls. Lots of back and forth, yeah install obviously wrong at beginning (install prevented windows from opening). Months go by, D says P eventually succeeded in installing most of the shutters, but there's still an issue with kitchen window. Yet another time when I wonder why a small business owner would come on national TV instead of bending over backwards to make customer happy. Not sure how often this business installs these 'plantation style' shutters, but TPC isn't best forum for drumming up future business. Anyway everyone seems to agree D paid for the correctly installed shutters/blinds, but when installers wanted back in to try - again - to install kitchen window shutter the homeowner was disgusted and wouldn't allow them to complete contract. Ah, but as MM goes through D's photos of complaints things start shifting and D starting to come off as one of those impossible to please customers. Yeah, that first install pic where window couldn't be opened was bad, but rest of these pix are just nit picking and making D look bad. Uh, yeah, totally normally for little things to go on a punch list for contractor to fix before final payment. You don't shut them out because they won't address all your concerns mid-job. Oh, and the intro talk of foul language is morphing to D not appreciating P's tone when she's had it up to here with the nitpicking and D's refusing to let hubby/installer finish the work. Not sure what exactly the $1600 represents, whether that's just the labor or the actual cost of shutter. Right now, waiting for commercial to end I'm thinking P should be paid minus labor for that 1 window, and give shutter that P ordered to D. Oh my, we're back to the foul language - guess it was more than just tone. When P realized he messed up and the window wouldn't open he got upset and dropped an 'F' bomb. Really, Lady?!? Anyway, her counterclaim is for damage because P's initial solution was to make it fit by trying to trim away part of the window frame. Good grief, P made a 4" cut the width of saw blade along window frame. As we've heard from Hot Bench's Judge DiMango, little toothpaste and paint will cover that. D claims it will cost $2400 to repair (part of that is that she says whole room will need to be repainted). Uh - no, not happening - any sympathy I had for D at beginning of case just went poof. I would give P everything they're asking for, but MM is nicer and subtracts what she thinks is reasonable ($300) for D to bring in someone to address all her little punch list complaints - oh and orders P to deliver the shutter he ordered and has that was never installed. P nets $1300 of the $1600 he asked for
tenant wants rest of deposit: yawn, back to same old tired story. I zipped ahead and turns out landlord left evidence at home, so has nothing to justify keeping what they kept. Tenant gets close to $1200.
Think I'll go out with Silly and check the yard - me to see if there are ripe blackberries I can pick/eat while my Sillycat checks bird feeder activity and munches some grass (he's such a good boy, helping keep the grass trimmed when I need to mow - course then he comes back inside and pukes in the middle of the carpet)