The honorable Judge Judith Sheindlin found herself thrust into the 21st century in yesterday’s episode.
“Um, we met on a, um…social website,” the defendant, 23-year-old Adam Murphy, nervously told Judge Judy. Murphy was being sued for not paying back a loan from his 47-year-old “friend.”
He continued: “It’s actually called Grindr…Grindr, it’s an app. For your phone or your iPad. It’s a social app that tells you where homosexual males are and their proximity. To where you are.”
Members of the peanut gallery could be seen chuckling in the background as Murphy explained that after finding each other on Grindr, he and his older “friend” agreed to meet in person in neutral territory: Applebee’s.
“So what you’re telling me, sir, is: You went on this website in order to find someone who had the same sexual predisposition you did, right?” Judge Judy asked.
“No, actually, it was just to make friends,” Murphy replied.
But the honorable judge was not convinced.
“No, then you go on a website to make friends,” she replied. “You go with college friends. But you went on a particular website. I mean, if I were looking to just make friends, I wouldn’t go on a website that said, you know, it’s just for little old Jewish ladies. I would try to expand my horizons a little bit, do you understand?”
She continued: “So then you met Mr. Sterns, who is considerably older than you are. So if what you said is you wanted to make ‘friends’, one would think you wanted to make friends with a contemporary of yours.”
Then, letting it be known that the wool was not going to be pulled over her 71-year-old eyes, she concluded: “You were looking for companionship.”
After hearing both men’s testimony, Judge Judy ended up dismissing the case, ruling that the plaintiff gave the money with no reasonable expectation to be repaid. She concluded by telling 23-year-old Murphy that his actions (using the promise of sex to get money from lonely older gentlemen) left her…