By Anonymous - 08/11/2010 10:47 - United States
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um, #35, pretty much every American. that's why our tv networks make millions off court shows. and Americans actually watch them. Judge Judy makes more than a Judge on our Supreme Court. it's asinine. anyway, you could always CONFRONT your friend and ask for the money back if you want it back that badly. I've had to do that before. maybe he forgot
Marinus: it's really true and really sad. Suing over every little thing is so bad in this country that everyone is pretty much afraid to do anything. For example, you can't just pull someone out of a fiery car crash without the risk of being sued for somehow damaging the person's back, regardless of whether you saved their life or not. :( It makes me ashamed to live here.
8: You can't just take someone to court when there isn't any legal document stating that the money is owed. The friend could just say either, that OP gave him the money to keep, or that he never even got the money in the first place. I doubt that OP wrote up any official contract when he/she leant the money to his/her friend.
Taking to court is a herculean task if you don't have the time and/or money, and don't know the exact steps. I tried to take a travel agent to court for sucking out $2200 by showing false paperwork, but had to give up as I did not have the time to appear in the court, or money to spend on lawyers. Even the AG's office said that I had a good case, and might be worth fighting; if the company did not want to return the money and AG cannot do anything. Also, why should OP sue his/her friend for $300 and spend way more than that in fighting the case (which probably does not even have a paper trail). But OP... I feel sorry for you. Why don't you start nagging your "friend" for the money? Maybe he will get fed up of you and return it :).
Two things almost always happen when you loan a friend money. You loose the money and you loose the friend. Best thing to do is never loan a friend money. You give the money with no expectation of getting it back. This just happened to me. A friend needed help and I gave him $100. This is my best friend and I told him this was not a loan but a gift. He made it a point to pay it back but I never expected it or asked for it. That is how true friends are.
there's so many redundant things in this story but yea ydi for not doing him like stewie did brian. you would've had your money a long time ago dude.
If you weren't assertive enough to keep reminding him that he owed you money, then YDI. Otherwise, he's an ass for not having his priorities in order, especially if you're friends. The first thing you should do when you come into money is pay back those who were good to you
Take the pistol, pistol whip him, slip the phone in your pocket, put the TV in your backseat and call it even. He can keep the lease.