Judge Faith – Movie Projector Madness (Season 1: Episode #106)

Judge Faith – Movie Projector Madness (Season 1: Episode #106)


ANNOUNCER: TODAY ON “JUDGE FAITH,” A PROJECTOR IN THE HOUSE ISN’T ALWAYS THE BRIGHTEST IDEA.>>IT HAS A SMALL THEATER ROOM WITH A PROJECTOR AND A NICE SCREEN. IT WAS VERY NICE. I, UH, HAD TO REPLACE THE LIGHT PREVIOUSLY, AND THIS WAS THIS– THIS LAST TIME WAS THE SECOND TIME. JUDGE: IN ONE YEAR WHEN YOU LIVED THERE, YOU REPLACED THE BULB TWO TIMES?>>I MEAN, I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE SECOND ONE WAS DONE, AND I DON’T KNOW WHY SHE WOULD DO A SECOND ONE IF THE FIRST ONE FAILED. JUDGE: SO YOU KNEW SHE CHANGED THE LIGHT BULB HERSELF THE FIRST TIME AROUND? ANNOUNCER: FAITH JENKINS. HER DISTINGUISHED LEGAL CAREER BEGAN WHEN SHE GRADUATED FIRST IN HER LAW SCHOOL CLASS. SHE QUICKLY BECAME A TOUGH NEW YORK CITY PROSECUTOR AND THEN A PRE-EMINENT LEGAL ANALYST ON CABLE NEWS. AND NOW SHE’S THE JUDGE IN HER OWN COURTROOM. HER CASES ARE REAL AND HER RULINGS ARE FINAL. SHE IS JUDGE FAITH. PLAINTIFF BARBARA NORDMAN IS SUING HER FORMER LANDLORD, THOMAS NELSON, FOR HER SECURITY DEPOSIT AND CHARGES FOR A BROKEN PROJECTOR. SHE IS JOINED IN COURT WITH HER SON SHADE. DEFENDANT THOMAS NELSON CLAIMS HE’S REPLACING THE PROJECTOR DAMAGED BY THE PLAINTIFF AND ONLY EXPECTS HER TO PAY FOR PARTIAL COST. BARBARA: REMAIN SEATED AND COME TO ORDER. COURT IS NOW IN SESSION. THE HONORABLE JUDGE FAITH JENKINS PRESIDING. YOUR HONOR, THIS CASE IS NORDMAN VS. NELSON. JUDGE: THANK YOU, BARBARA. BARBARA NORDMAN? NORDMAN: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: YOU ARE SUING THE DEFENDANT THOMAS NELSON… NELSON: YES. JUDGE: FOR $1,000 FOR THE RETURN OF YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT AND FOR OVERCHARGING YOU FOR THE COST OF A MOVIE PROJECTOR? NORDMAN: YES, YOUR HONOR. JUDGE: OK, WHY DON’T WE START FROM THE BEGINNING AND TELL ME HOW YOU KNOW MR. NELSON. NORDMAN: OK, I RENTED A HOUSE FROM MR. NELSON. AND WE HAD A GOOD, LIKE, TENANT/LANDLORD RELATIONSHIP. IF I HAD ANYTHING THAT NEEDED TO BE FIXED, HE WAS ON IT RIGHT AWAY. DURING OUR WALK THROUGH, IT WAS VERY PLEASURABLE. JUDGE: OK, SO LET’S STEP BACK FOR A SECOND. SO YOU MOVED INTO THE DEFENDANT’S HOME. YOU HAVE A HOME THAT YOU LEASE, SIR? NELSON: YES. JUDGE: WHAT KIND OF HOUSE IS IT? NELSON: IT’S A SINGLE-FAMILY HOME IN VERRADO. IT’S A VERY NICE HOME IN AN UPGRADED COMMUNITY. JUDGE: AND YOU, DID YOU PLACE A LISTING ONLINE? NELSON: NO, I HAD A REAL ESTATE AGENT HANDLE IT. JUDGE: OK. AND HOW LONG DID YOU LIVE THERE, MA’AM? NORDMAN: ONE YEAR. JUDGE: WHO DID YOU LIVE THERE WITH? NORDMAN: MY CHILDREN, SHADE, AND MY DAUGHTERS SUMMER AND NALIA. JUDGE: DID THE TWO OF YOU SIGN A LEASE AGREEMENT? NELSON: YES. JUDGE: DO EITHER OF YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE LEASE? MAY I SEE IT? HOW MUCH WAS THE RENT? DO YOU RECALL, SIR? NELSON: 15–UH, 15 PLUS $20 FOR TAX. JUDGE: OK. AND HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY IN SECURITY DEPOSIT? NORDMAN: IT WAS LIKE AROUND 3,000. SO OUR SECURITY DEPOSIT, I BELIEVE– JUDGE: YOU’RE SUING FOR YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT. YOU DON’T REMEMBER HOW MUCH YOU PAID? NORDMAN: NO, MA’AM. JUDGE: YOU SAY THAT WHEN YOU MOVED OUT, HE DID NOT RETURN ALL OF YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT, AND YOU’RE SUING HIM FOR $1,000, THE REMAINDER OF YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT. OK, SIR, LET ME ASK YOU, WHY DID YOU WITHHOLD PART OF HER SECURITY DEPOSIT? NELSON: WELL, IT’S VERY SIMPLE. WHEN A TENANT MOVES INTO THE HOUSE, THEY’RE VERY TOUCHY ABOUT HOW IT HAS TO BE PERFECT IN EVERY RESPECT. BUT WHEN THEY MOVE OUT, THEY DON’T HAVE THAT SAME INCLINATION, I SHOULD SAY. THERE WERE EXPENDITURES THAT HAD TO BE DONE BECAUSE OF THE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION. JUDGE: OK, BUT THE REAL ISSUE, THOUGH, BECAUSE THE PART THAT SHE’S SUING ABOUT, I THINK YOU KEPT A PORTION OF IT, AND YOU AGREED TO IT, THE PORTION THAT’S IN DISPUTE IS WHAT YOU KEPT FOR A PROJECTOR THAT WAS IN YOUR HOME. NORDMAN: WELL, THE REASON WE MOVED INTO THE HOME, YOUR HONOR, IS IT HAS A SMALL, LIKE, THEATER ROOM WITH A PROJECTOR AND A NICE SCREEN. IT WAS VERY NICE. AND SINCE I WAS JUST WITH MY CHILDREN, SO WE’D GO IN THERE AND WATCH MOVIES, WATCH TV, AND THE PROJECTOR WAS NICE. I–ON THE LEASE IT STATES THAT I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR HALF OF THE REPLACEMENT OF THE LIGHT BULB WHEN IT– JUDGE: IN THE PROJECTOR? NORDMAN: FOR THE PROJECTOR. JUDGE: MAY I SEE THE PHOTO OF THE THEATER ROOM? I UNDERSTAND YOU SUBMITTED ONE TO COURT. NORDMAN: YES. JUDGE: OK, IS THAT THE PROJECTOR? NORDMAN: ON THE LEFT, YES, MA’AM. OK, AND ALSO IN THE LEASE IT STATES THAT I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT. JUDGE: RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LIGHT BULB IN THE PROJECTOR? NORDMAN: YES. JUDGE: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE THE PROJECTOR IN THE HOME? NELSON: IT’S PART OF THE SELLING POINT OF THE LEASE. AND IT’S A VERY HIGH-SELLING POINT BECAUSE THE FIRST PERSON WHO ALWAYS LOOKS AT THE HOUSE ALWAYS RENTS THAT HOUSE BECAUSE IT HAS THIS GREAT THEATER. THE THEATER IS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER APPLIANCE. WHEN THAT BREAKS DOWN, IT HAS TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL FIX IT. NORDMAN: BUT THAT WAS NOT IN THE LEASE. NELSON: THAT’S JUST A BASIC. IF THE REFRIGERATOR BREAKS DOWN, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL FIX IT. IF THE AIR CONDITIONING, YOU HAVE TO HAVE–WHATEVER THE APPLIANCE IS, IT HAS TO BE REPAIRED BY A PROFESSIONAL. ANNOUNCER: COMING UP ON “JUDGE FAITH.” NELSON: IT’S A $3,500 PROJECTOR. THE ISSUE, SHE SAID, “I BLEW THE–THE BULB BLEW UP.” NORDMAN: I REMOVED THE SCREWS, PULLED IT OUT, ALSO THERE WAS ALSO SCREWS ON THE LIGHT. I REMOVED THOSE. JUDGE: OK, DID YOU TELL HIM YOU WERE ORDERING A BULB THE SECOND TIME? NORDMAN: I DID NOT. NELSON: I WOULD NOT LET A HOUSEWIFE CHANGE A BULB OR DO ANYTHING THAT HAD TO DO WITH A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT. ANNOUNCER: PLAINTIFF BARBARA NORDMAN IS SUING HER FORMER LANDLORD, THOMAS NELSON, FOR HER SECURITY DEPOSIT AND MONEY HE CHARGED HER FOR A BROKEN PROJECTOR. DEFENDANT THOMAS NELSON SAID THE PLAINTIFF SHOULD HAVE CALLED HIM WHEN SHE REALIZED THE PROJECTOR NEEDED REPAIRS. NORDMAN: I, UM, HAD TO REPLACE THE LIGHT PREVIOUSLY, AND THIS– THIS LAST TIME WAS THE SECOND TIME. I SENT HIM THE EMAIL, AND I SAID, “THIS IS WHAT I ORDERED.” ALL HIS RESPONSE WAS, “LOOKS GREAT.” JUDGE: IS THAT TRUE? NELSON: YEAH, AND CALL ME WHEN– CALL ME WHEN THE BULB COMES IN. I’LL GET IT REPLACED FOR YOU. JUDGE: DO YOU HAVE THE EMAIL? NORDMAN: I DO, MA’AM. JUDGE: SO YOU SAY YOU SAID THAT IN THE EMAIL, SIR? NELSON: NO, THAT–THAT WAS MUCH EARLIER IN THE GAME, MUCH EARLIER IN THE PROCESS. JUDGE: SO THE FIRST TIME YOU ORDER THE BULB, YOU SENT HIM AN EMAIL. HE RESPONDS, “LOOKS GREAT.” AND WHAT DO YOU DO? DO YOU INSTALL IT? NORDMAN: YES. HE HAD ASKED ME. I OWNED A PROJECTOR IN MY OTHER HOME. IT’S A LIGHT BULB. YOU JUST TAKE IT OUT AND PUT IT BACK IN. I DID IT SEVERAL TIMES. AND HE’S LIKE, “OK.” JUDGE: SO YOU KNEW SHE CHANGED THE LIGHT BULB HERSELF THE FIRST TIME AROUND? NELSON: I KNEW AFTER THE FACT. NORDMAN: THAT IS NOT TRUE. I SENT YOU AN EMAIL WITH THE LIGHT THAT I WAS CHANGING IT. NELSON: IT IS TRUE BECAUSE WHEN SHE CALLED ME AND SAID SHE ORDERED A LIGHT BULB, SHE HAD ORDERED A LIGHT BULB. JUDGE: MM-HMM. MAY I SEE THAT, BARBARA? BARBARA: YES, YOUR HONOR. NELSON: AND SO WHEN I–I EXPECTED TO BE CALLED WHEN THE BULB CAME IN BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL REPAIR IT. JUDGE: DO YOU–DO YOU REALLY, THOUGH? PEOPLE BUY THESE BULBS ALL THE TIME ONLINE AND CHANGE THE LIGHT BULBS. ALL IT IS IS CHANGING THE LIGHT BULB IN THE PROJECTOR. NELSON: IT’S A $3,500 PROJECTOR. JUDGE: RIGHT. I UNDERSTAND THAT. NELSON: AND IT’S MORE EXPENSIVE THAN MY REFRIGERATOR. JUDGE: SO, SIR, WHO’S THE PROFESSIONAL, YOU? SO YOU WANT TO BE THE PERSON TO COME IN AND CHANGE IT? NELSON: NO. I WOULD HAVE A PROFESSIONAL DO IT. JUDGE: WHERE AND WHEN DO YOU GIVE HER SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHO’S SUPPOSED TO CHANGE THE LIGHT BULB IN THE PROJECTOR? NELSON: IN THE LEASE IT ALSO SAYS THAT THERE IS A PROJECTOR IN THE LEASE, THERE’S A REFRIGERATOR IN THE LEASE, THOSE ARE ALL APPLIANCES. WHEN THEY ARE BAD, AND AS SHE’S TOLD YOU IN THE PAST, I COME IN AND REPAIR THEM WITH A SERVICE COMPANY. JUDGE: WAS THAT SPECIFICALLY– I’M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HERE. WAS THAT SPECIFICALLY COMMUNICATED TO HER THAT WHEN THE BULB WENT OUT AND IT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED THAT A PROFESSIONAL NEEDED TO COME IN? NELSON: IT WAS THE SAME–IT WAS COMMUNICATED IN THE SAME WAY THAT A REFRIGERATOR HAS TO BE REPLACED BY A PROFESSIONAL. I–I WAS WITH–I WORKED FOR A VIDEO COMPANY FOR 10 YEARS. I WOULD NOT LET A HOUSEWIFE CHANGE A BULB OR DO ANYTHING THAT HAD TO DO WITH A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT. I WOULD DO IT MYSELF. JUDGE: BECAUSE SHE’S NOT CAPABLE BECAUSE SHE’S A HOUSEWIFE? WHAT DOES SHE KNOW? NELSON: YEAH, RIGHT, EXACTLY. IT’S A TECHNICAL– AUDIENCE: [HOOTING] NELSON: IT’S A TECHNICAL ASPECT OF A VIDEO THING. JUDGE: WHAT KIND OF PROJECTOR– WHAT KIND OF PROJECTOR IS THIS? NELSON: IT’S A SHARP PROJECTOR. JUDGE: OK. WHEN WAS IT PURCHASED? NELSON: IT WAS–3 YEARS AGO IT WAS PURCHASED. JUDGE: OK. HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY FOR IT? NELSON: $3,300. JUDGE: HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO REPLACE A BULB PRIOR TO HER MOVING INTO THE HOME? NELSON: I HAVE 5 HOMES WITH PROJECTORS IN THEM. JUDGE: THIS PARTICULAR PROJECTOR– NELSON: I’VE NEVER REPLACED THIS ONE. JUDGE: NEVER REPLACED THE BULB. OK, THE FIRST TIME SHE COMES TO YOU, BECAUSE THE BULB WAS REPLACED TWICE IN THE YEAR THAT SHE LIVED THERE, RIGHT? NELSON: WELL, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT. I MEAN, I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE SECOND ONE WAS DONE, AND I DON’T KNOW WHY SHE WOULD DO A SECOND ONE. IF THE FIRST ONE FAILED, THEN SHE SHOULD HAVE GOT HER HANDS OFF OF IT AND LEFT IT TO A PROFESSIONAL TO GET IT STRAIGHTENED OUT. JUDGE: SO YOU’RE SAYING YOU DIDN’T REALIZE THAT THE BULB HAD BEEN REPLACED TWICE? NELSON: OH, NO. JUDGE: OK, YOU JUST REALIZED THAT THE PROJECTOR, SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH IT AND YOU THINK IT’S BECAUSE SHE PUT IN THE BULB HERSELF AND NOT A PROFESSIONAL? WHO PUT THE BULB IN THE FIRST TIME? NORDMAN: I DID. JUDGE: YOU DID YOURSELF? NORDMAN: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: HOW DID YOU DO THAT? NORDMAN: I REMOVED THE SCREWS, PULLED IT OUT, ALSO THERE WAS ALSO SCREWS IN THE LIGHT. I REMOVED THOSE. TOOK THE BULB AND PLACED IT RIGHT BACK IN. IF YOU DON’T PUT IT IN CORRECTLY, IT DOESN’T FLUSH ON THE PROJECTOR, SO I KNEW IT WAS–I TURNED THE PROJECTOR BACK ON, IT WORKED, GREAT. JUDGE: AND WHEN IT WENT OUT A SECOND TIME IN A YEAR, YOU ORDERED A NEW BULB? NORDMAN: I DID. JUDGE: OK, DID YOU TELL HIM YOU WERE ORDERING A BULB THE SECOND TIME? NORDMAN: I DID NOT. JUDGE: OK, SO HE JUST WASN’T AWARE OF THE SECOND–OF THE SECOND TIME YOU PUT IN THE BULB. SO THEN WHEN DO YOU FIND OUT THERE’S A PROBLEM WITH THE PROJECTOR? NELSON: WHEN–WHEN THE HOUSE IS BROUGHT BACK TO ME AND SAID, “LET’S HAVE A WALK THROUGH.” JUDGE: WHAT WAS THE ISSUE? WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM? NELSON: THE ISSUE, SHE SAID, “I BLEW THE–THE BULB BLEW UP.” JUDGE: DID THE BULB BLOW UP IN THE PROJECTOR? NORDMAN: IT DID, AND I DID NOT TOUCH IT. IT POPPED. SO IT DIDN’T– JUDGE: HOW LONG AFTER YOU INSTALLED IT DID THE BULB POP? NORDMAN: IT WAS PROBABLY THERE A FEW MONTHS. JUDGE: AND IT POPPED AFTER A FEW MONTHS? NORDMAN: YES. JUDGE: OK. NORDMAN: SO THEN I REALIZED AFTER HE SAID IT NEEDED TO BE VACUUMED OUT, WHICH NOWHERE DID IT SAY OR DID I–WAS AWARE OF THAT. I DID NOT CHANGE IT– JUDGE: DID YOU INFORM HIM WHEN THE BULB POPPED? NORDMAN: WHEN DURING THE WALK THROUGH, I SAID, “I DID NOT CHANGE THE LAMP IN THE PROJECTOR BECAUSE IT BROKE.” JUDGE: DID YOU REPORT THAT TO HIM OR DID HE DISCOVER THAT ON HIS OWN DURING THE WALK THROUGH? NORDMAN: I TOLD HIM ON THE WALK THROUGH. JUDGE: HOW–WHAT WAS THE TIMEFRAME, WHEN THE PROJECTOR POPPED, IT STOPPED WORKING, TO WHEN YOU DID THE WALK THROUGH? NORDMAN: TWO WEEKS. JUDGE: OK, SO YOU DIDN’T TELL HIM THAT THE PROJECTOR WASN’T WORKING UNTIL HE DISCOVERED IT AT THE WALK THROUGH, RIGHT? NORDMAN: WELL, I TOLD HIM ABOUT IT. JUDGE: BUT DURING THE WALK THROUGH? NORDMAN: YES, CORRECT. JUDGE: SO HERE’S WHAT I’M GOING TO DO NOW. I’M NOT AN EXPERT AT THESE KINDS OF THINGS, BUT IT’S NOT BECAUSE I’M A HOUSEWIFE. NELSON: I UNDERSTAND THAT. JUDGE: YOU UNDERSTAND? IT’S BECAUSE– AUDIENCE: [APPLAUSE] JUDGE: AHEM. BECAUSE I HAVEN’T DONE– NELSON: I AGREE WITH THAT. I AGREE WITH THAT. JUDGE: BECAUSE I HAVEN’T DONE THIS KIND OF WORK. SO WHAT I DID IS I CALLED IN AN EXPERT.>>UM, THERE’S A LOT OF SPECIAL CARE THAT’S INVOLVED IN HANDLING THE ACTUAL LAMP. JUDGE: DO YOU THINK THAT CAUSED THE BULB TO EXPLODE A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER? ANNOUNCER: PLAINTIFF BARBARA NORDMAN IS SUING FORMER LANDLORD THOMAS NELSON FOR HER SECURITY DEPOSIT AND MONEY HE OVERCHARGED FOR A PROJECTOR. DEFENDANT THOMAS NELSON SAYS THE PLAINTIFF SHOULD HAVE NOTIFIED HIM WHEN THE PROJECTOR LAMP NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. JUDGE: SO WHAT I DID IS I CALLED IN AN EXPERT TO COME INTO COURT AND EXPLAIN TO THE COURT AFTER HEARING YOUR TESTIMONY, HIS EXPERT OPINION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THIS PROJECTOR AND THE LIGHT BULB, SO RIGHT NOW, I’D LIKE TO WELCOME ADAM PORTELLI INTO COURT. HE IS A LIGHTING INSTALLER AND DESIGN TECHNICIAN WITH OVER 15 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. AUDIENCE: [APPLAUSE] JUDGE: MR. PORTELLI, HAVE YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE TESTIMONY… PORTELLI: I HAVE, YEAH. JUDGE: FROM BOTH PLAINTIFF AND DEFENDANT IN THIS CASE? PORTELLI: YES. JUDGE: AND YOU HEARD FROM MR. NELSON WHAT KIND OF PROJECTOR THIS IS AND WHAT KIND OF BULB THEY NEEDED TO BE REPLACED? PORTELLI: I HAVE. ANYTIME YOU’RE INSTALLING A PROJECTOR, IT’S NOT LIKE A HOUSEHOLD LIGHT WHERE YOU CAN JUST KIND OF CLIMB UP A LADDER AND SCREW IT IN YOURSELF. THERE’S A LOT OF SPECIAL CARE THAT’S INVOLVED IN HANDLING THE ACTUAL LAMP. JUDGE: WHEN YOU SAY LAMP, IS THAT THE BULB? PORTELLI: YES, THE BULB. THAT– THOSE DEPOSITS FROM YOUR FINGER CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE THE LAMP TO EXPLODE BECAUSE IT BURNS THROUGH. SO BASICALLY YOU NEED TO HAVE A GLOVE OR A PAPER TOWEL. YOU KNOW, YOU NEED SOMEONE WHO KIND OF KNOWS HOW TO DO THAT TYPE OF INSTALLATION. JUDGE: WELL, YOU HEARD MS. NORDMAN’S TESTIMONY THAT SHE DIDN’T USE A GLOVE. SHE DIDN’T COVER HER HANDS WITH ANYTHING AND SHE TOOK THE BULB OUT WITH HER OWN BARE HANDS AND INSTALLED IT. DO YOU THINK THAT CAUSED THE BULB TO EXPLODE A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER? PORTELLI: QUIT POSSIBLY BECAUSE IF A PROFESSIONAL WERE TO INSTALL THAT, THEY WOULD NEVER JUST USE THEIR BARE HANDS. YOU WOULD ALWAYS PUT GLOVES ON. AND THEN IF IT WENT OUT A FEW MONTHS LATER, THAT’S ABOUT THE TIME SPAN. IT WILL–IT’LL TURN ON. IT’LL WORK FOR A WEEK OR TWO OR MONTHS, AND THEN IT WILL JUST RANDOMLY GO OUT. JUDGE: DO YOU FIND IT STRANGE THAT THE BULB HAD TO BE REPLACED TWICE IN ONE YEAR? PORTELLI: VERY STRANGE. THOSE LAMPS WILL LAST EASILY A YEAR OR TWO. JUDGE: DO YOU THINK THAT THE PROBLEM WAS THE INSTALLATION? PORTELLI: IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE IT COULD VERY WELL HAVE BEEN. JUDGE: OK, THANK YOU, MR. PORTELLI. CLEARLY AFTER YOU PUT THE BULB IN THE FIRST TIME, WHEN IT WENT OUT AGAIN AND YOU HAD TO ORDER A NEW ONE, YOU DIDN’T TELL HIM ABOUT IT, AND I THINK IT’S BECAUSE YOU KNEW THERE WAS A PROBLEM. AND WHEN YOU FOUND OUT THAT THE PROJECTOR WASN’T WORKING, DID YOU HAVE A TECHNICIAN COME IN AND CHECK IT OUT? NELSON: I TOOK THE PROJECTOR DOWN, AND I TOOK IT TO SCOTTSDALE WHERE THERE IS PROFESSIONALS. THERE’S NONE WHERE THIS IS. IN BUCKEYE THERE’S NOBODY THERE. AND I HAD THEM LOOK AT IT, AND THEY TOLD ME THAT BECAUSE IT BLEW UP IN THERE, BECAUSE THE GLASS SHARDS WERE IN THERE, THEY WERE GONNA HAVE TO TAKE THE PROJECTOR APART AND CLEAN IT, ALL THE SHARDS OUT OF IT. THAT WAS GONNA COST $300, AND THEN THE BULB WAS GONNA COST 349. IT WAS GETTING INTO TOO MUCH MONEY WITH NO GUARANTEE. JUDGE: IT WAS NO GUARANTEE THAT IT WOULD BE FIXED? NELSON: WELL, THEY SAID ONCE THEY DID THAT, THEN THEY COULDN’T FIND OUT WHETHER IT WAS COMPLETELY SOLVED, THE PROBLEM, OR NOT, AND IT MIGHT BLOW ANOTHER BULB OUT. JUDGE: SO WHAT DID YOU DECIDE TO DO? DID YOU GET A NEW PROJECTOR? NELSON: SO I DECIDED TO BUY ANOTHER PROJECTOR, A LESSER PROJECTOR, ONE OF LESSER QUALITY. JUDGE: SO YOU PURCHASED A SECOND PROJECTOR. HOW MUCH DID THAT ONE COST? NELSON: $1,149. JUDGE: DO YOU HAVE PROOF OF THAT? NELSON: YES. JUDGE: MAY I SEE IT, PLEASE? AND ARE YOU ASKING HER TO PAY THE FULL PRICE FOR THE SECOND PROJECTOR, IS THAT WHAT YOU DID? YOU KEPT THAT FULL AMOUNT OF HER SECURITY DEPOSIT? NELSON: OK, SO I ASKED HER FOR HALF, OR $500 IS WHAT I ASKED FOR. IN THE END RESULT, I OFFERED HER TO PAY TO HER $740 AS OUT OF THE THOUSAND, AND SHE TURNED THAT DOWN. JUDGE: SO I’M ASKING YOU, HOW MUCH OF HER SECURITY–IN THE END, IS THIS $1,000 THAT YOU KEPT FOR THE PROJECTOR? NELSON: NO. I GAVE HER BACK–OR I TRIED TO GIVE HER BACK $740. I ONLY KEPT– JUDGE: MA’AM, WHAT IS THE $1,000 THAT YOU’RE SUING FOR? THAT’S THE AMOUNT OF THE SECURITY DEPOSIT THAT HE KEPT? NORDMAN: CORRECT. CORRECT. JUDGE: OK, SO MY QUESTION TO YOU, SIR, IS WHY DID YOU KEEP $1,000 OF THE SECURITY DEPOSIT? NELSON: BECAUSE I SENT HER EMAIL, $740. AND SHE TURNED IT DOWN. JUDGE: OK. SO YOU ONLY ASKED HER TO PAY FOR HALF OF THE PROJECTOR? NELSON: EXACTLY. JUDGE: AFTER THE BULB WENT OUT THE FIRST TIME AND YOU NOW KNOW YOU HAVE TO REPLACE IT A SECOND TIME, THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A RED FLAG TO YOU BECAUSE THOSE BULBS SHOULD NOT BE GOING OUT THAT QUICKLY. ANNOUNCER: AND NOW JUDGE FAITH RULES. JUDGE: HOW MUCH OF YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT WAS RETURNED TO YOU OF THE 1,895? NORDMAN: WELL, HE WANTED TO CHARGE ME INITIALLY 1,744, AND THEN HE OFFERED ME 625, AND THEN OFFERED ME 740 WITHOUT PROVIDING RECEIPTS AND/OR QUOTES FOR WHAT HE DID. JUDGE: YOU’RE ONLY SUING FOR $1,000. NORDMAN: CORRECT. JUDGE: SO FOR WHATEVER REASON, YOU DECIDED HE SHOULD KEEP A PART OF YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT, RIGHT? NORDMAN: CORRECT. JUDGE: OK, SO I’M NOT DEAL–I’M ONLY DEALING WITH THE $1,000 AND WITH THE PROJECTOR. THAT’S WHAT I’M GOING TO DEAL WITH. YOU BROUGHT A WITNESS WITH YOU TODAY? NORDMAN: YEAH. JUDGE: YOUR SON. NORDMAN: YEAH. JUDGE: SHADE, WHY DON’T YOU STEP UP. HOW OLD ARE YOU? SHADE: I’M 18. JUDGE: WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS? SHADE: WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE SITUATION IS THAT BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ACTUAL MENTION OF A PROFESSIONAL NEEDING TO CHANGE THE BULB, WE WENT BY OUR OWN PAST EXPERIENCES WITH OUR OWN PAST PROJECTORS THAT WE OWN CURRENTLY AT OUR NEW RESIDENCE. WE HAVE CHANGED THE BULB AROUND 3 TIMES A YEAR, AND MY DAD HAS DONE THAT. JUDGE: OK, BUT NOW YOU’VE HEARD FROM A PROFESSIONAL WHO SAYS THAT IT PROBABLY WENT OUT BECAUSE YOU USED YOUR BARE HANDS. UNFORTUNATELY FOR YOU YOUR ASSUMPTION WAS WRONG. SHADE: YEAH. JUDGE: IT’S NOT NORMAL. SHADE: UNFORTUNATE. JUDGE: BUT I APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN TODAY AND TESTIFYING ON BEHALF OF YOUR MOM. BUT NOW YOU KNOW GOING FORWARD WITH PROJECTORS YOU CAN’T USE YOUR BARE HANDS TO CHANGE A BULB. SHADE: AND I WILL BE TELLING MY FATHER THAT SO WE DON’T HAVE TO BUY BULBS 3 OR 4 TIMES A YEAR. JUDGE: SIR, BASED ON THE TESTIMONY I’VE HEARD TODAY, MA’AM, I THINK IT’S REASONABLE FOR YOU TO PAY FOR HALF OF THE COST OF THE PROJECTOR BASED ON THE EXPERT TESTIMONY I’VE HEARD. YOU CLEARLY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO CHANGE THESE BULBS, AND THE FIRST TIME WHEN YOU REALIZED THAT THERE WAS A PROBLEM, WHEN THE BULB WENT OUT A SECOND TIME, YOU SHOULD HAVE ALERTED YOUR LANDLORD IMMEDIATELY, AND YOU DID NOT DO THAT. BASED ON THAT, I’M FINDING YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR HALF OF THE COST OF THE NEW PROJECTOR, WHICH IS $574.50. SO I’M SUBTRACTING THAT FROM THE $1,000 YOU KEPT, SIR, AND I’M ORDERING YOU TO RETURN $425.50 OF HER SECURITY DEPOSIT. NORDMAN: MY– JUDGE: THAT’S ALL, MA’AM. AUDIENCE: [APPLAUSE] ANNOUNCER: IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS A DISPUTE, DON’T TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS. LET JUDGE FAITH RULE ON IT FOR YOU. TO SUBMIT YOUR CASE, GO TO JUDGEFAITH.COM AND TELL US YOUR STORY. SEE YOU IN COURT.

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  1. What she did was not wise. If you are renting a place and something breaks down, the last thing you want to do is do your own repairs on an appliance. It could be possible that something was actually wrong with that projector but because she started meddling with it, she had no argument against his case.

  2. he has done this before to 2 other women he has always thought women were brainless twits and cant do anything right what he doesnt know or believe we woman check details the projector is from sony 595 dollars im not about to pay no 3500 dollars unless i was buying it for myself

  3. I can understand that this is a REALLY nice projector and it is a nice way to attract tenants to rent his home because he has this cool theater room in the home, but if he's THAT concerned about a HOUSEWIFE changing a simple light bulb, then perhaps he needs to reconsider keeping the $3000 projector at his rental property. Personally, as a woman who has changed MANY light bulbs in my life, I find his assumption that women can't do this simple task to be sexist and insulting. Anything men can do, women can certainly do better.

  4. The technician is going to say that because ITS HIS BUSINESS!!! If people do it themselves, he would not have a job!!!

  5. That housewife should stick to making sandwiches in the kitchen. She had no business messing with property that didn't belong to her. Her ignorant son didn't help her case. She should have left him at home.

  6. My apartment complex tried to pin this eight year old garbage disposal that DIDNT WORK WHEN WE MOVED IN, on me not running it correctly (bitch you just flick a switch on and don’t allow hard objects to fall down the drain!!!!) THEN tried to make me pay for a “professional” to change it with a “new” disposal that happened to be second hand. So this “house wife” bought a brand new disposal that matched exactly in make and model, and installed it (ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.). Cost a total of 50$. The complex tried to charge me over $400 for installation fees and the cost of a disposal they found in a damn flea market. Not a word was mentioned of it when we were leaving and I replaced our new disposal with their old one.

  7. That landlord is not trying to put her down. He was staying that he wouldn't change it either. She was wrong for taking it upon herself to do things without speaking to him.

  8. Judge Faith, you don't change the light bulb in a $3,500 projector! First if all, these bills are VERY expensive! Even in a cheap projector it's difficult! Hell, I'll send you mine and you can give it a try. It's not as simple as just changing the light bulb, like Mr Portelli said.
    She should definitely be liable for the full value to replace the projector!

  9. Rented 5 different apartments over 25 years in Chicago. Never did "Any" maintenance, not even change a light bulb that was any part of the apartment. When the light goes out in fridge, stove or overhead kitchen or bathroom. I called the maintenance department. If the air conditioner was not cooling. [Sometimes it only needed a filter]. I was not going to buy and change it myself. I called the maintenance department. I lived in very nice places. I expect High rent places to have responsive maintenance departments.

  10. It's amazing what the average person and housewife don't know or take for granted; even changing a headlamp bulb on your car, if you touch the bulb with your bare hands, it would drastically shorten the life of the bulb. It's always best to ask for some advice before you try anything technical that looks easy.

  11. I have literally 5 projectors top of the line the problem is that you have to get OEM projector lamps people buy the cheap ones and they only last a couple of months

  12. I think the "housewife" assumed the exchange of a light bulb on this projector/appliance would be akin to the exchange of a lightbulb in a refrigerator/appliance – a lot of people would not be afraid to naively take that on – but she was in error – with that said Mr. Nelson should have stressed the vulnerability of this appliance ESPECIALLY having a stream of renters assigned to its status.

  13. Yeah, she is a housewife who had no business doing what she had no idea how to do. He was right, no need to go all feminist in him.

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