The Law As It Should Be

The Law as it should be.

After an evening at the Theatre, two gentlemen were walking down the avenue when they observed a rather well dressed attractive lady walking just ahead of them. One of the men turned to the other and remarked, "I’d give £50 to spend the night with that woman". To their surprise the young lady heard the remark and turned saying, "I’ll take you up on that". She had a neat appearance and a pleasant voice, so, bidding his companion goodnight, the man accompanied the lady to her flat where they immediately went to bed. The following morning he dressed and presented her with 25 pounds and prepared to leave. She demanded the rest of the money stating "If you don’ t pay me the rest of the money I’ll sue you for it". He laughed saying "I’d like to see you get it on those grounds".

The next morning he was surprised to receive a summons ordering his presence in court to defend a lawsuit. He hurried to his lawyer and explained. His lawyer said "She can’t possibly get judgement against you on such grounds but it will be interesting to see how the case is presented".

After the usual preliminaries the lady’s lawyer addressed the court thus: "Your Honour, my client, this lady, is the owner of a piece of property, a secluded spot surrounded by shrubbery which 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 I the purpose for which it was rented, but on vacating the premises he paid only £25, one half of the agreed amount. The rent was not excessive since it was restricted property, and we ask that judgement be granted against the defendant to assure payment of the balance.

The defendant’s lawyer was much impressed and highly amused at the way his opponent had presented his case. His defence altered therefore, from the way he had originally planned to present it.

"Your Honour", he said, “My client agrees that the young lady has a fine piece of property, that he did rent such property for a short while and a certain degree of pleasure was derived from the transaction. However, my client found a well on the property, around which he placed his own stones, and sunk a shaft, and erected a pump, all labour being performed by him. We claim that these improvements to the property were sufficient to offset the unpaid amount of’ the said property. We therefore ask that no judgement be granted".

Not to be outdone, the young lady’s lawyer came back with this sally: "You Honour, my client agrees that the defendant did find a well on the property and that he did make such improvements as my learned friend has described. However, had the defendant not known a well existed he would never have rented the property. Also, on vacating the premises the defendant removed the stones, pulled out the shaft and took the pump with him. In doing so, he not only dragged his equipment through the shrubbery, but also left the hole much bigger than it was prior to his occupation, making it easily accessible to little children.

We therefore ask that judgement be given.

And she got it!

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