A Greedy Girl Took A 'Friend' To Court & Got On The Wrong Side Of An Angry Judge

Accidents happen everyday, but what happens when one person's small accident is turned into another person's opportunity? In this story from the subreddit r/legaladvice, Redditor u/macbookcouch finds out the hard way that a former friend is less of a buddy and more of an opportunist when she puts a new computer ahead of being a decent human being. 

Here is what happened: 

  • It All Started When The OP Accidentally Sat On A Friend's Computer

    "I had some of my friends over at my house and one of my friends invited one of her other friends to come over. She had her MacBook on my couch when I sat on it and broke it.

    Since it was completely my fault I offered to pay her the money for it and she agreed. She got it three years ago and it cost $2,200 at the time. I told her I'd wire you the money in a week to her bank account."

  • The OP Offered To Pay Her For The Computer, But She Had Different Plans

    "She's now emailed me saying that as per our conversation she's expecting the $2,700 that I have agreed for!

    I didn't know why she added the extra money so I got her number from my friend and called her to find her telling me she's now expecting me to pay for her new upgraded MacBook since she was 'upgrading anyway.'

    She said if I don't agree to do that she'll be suing me in small claims court.

    Can a judge agree to that?"

  • The Good People Of Reddit Were Eager To Offer Lots Of Sound Advice

    From Redditor u/Fuego_pants:

    You're pretty nice to be giving her $2,200 anyway. If she sued, she would likely only be entitled to the value of the computer at the time it was broken, not how much she paid for it three years ago. She's absolutely not entitled to $2,700 just because she wants something nicer.

    From Redditor u/Biondina:

    You don't pay either of those amounts. You pay the depreciated value of the MacBook as of the date your butt sat on it, and not a dime more.

    If she wants to upgrade, she can pay for that upgrade, and if she wants to sue, good luck to her. No judge is going to award her more than the MacBook was currently worth.

    From Redditor u/thedrizzle22:

    If she does sue, come to court with a copy of a trade in for the same year make and model of the MacBook that was broken. If she tried to show evidence of what it costs now, you'll have something to counter what the actual trade in value might be.

  • The OP Took In All The Good Advice And Made A Very Fair Offer To Her 'Friend'...Which She Quickly Rejected

    "I went through every single comment from the 200+ ones and I sincerely thank each and every one of you.

    I did some research specifically for repairing the screen for the MacBook and for her particular model it’s around $310 for the screen and the cost of labor, so I wrote her back saying that since she didn't accept my initial offer of $2,200, I’m withdrawing that offer, and offering to pay for the repair cost.

    She sent me an email calling me a b*tch and that she’s going to take me to court."

  • The OP Went To Court, Where She Provided Her Side Including The Many Solutions She Offered Her Former Friend

    "I got served a few days later and went to court. I told the judge I gave her three options to choose from.

    1) Either to write her a check for a brand "new" one which was $2,200.

    2) Get her a refurbished one from apple or a third party or even used which would be around $1400 or...

    3) Fix her current MacBook since the screen is the only thing affected here and it would cost around $300 plus money for labor."

  • The OP Presented Everything To The Judge, Including The Insulting Emails She Received

    "I printed out the email I sent her and the mail she sent back refusing demanding the $2,700 and calling me a b*tch and saying we’ll go to court. [I also provided] screenshots of the price quotes from different websites for a new/refurbished and the screen fix for her particular model and gave it to the judge.

    I also told [the judge] that when I offered at the very beginning to get her a new one from the Apple Store she said no, I want the money in cash.

    When I told her I’d give her $2200 for a new [computer] she said okay, but later came asking for $2700 because she wants to upgrade. I tried to show him how it's clearly visible that she's trying to take advantage of me."