Judge Judith Sheindlin on her worst day is smarter than you on your best, but even so she apparently had never heard of Grindr before a Judge Judy case involving two men who had met on the app that aired yesterday. And even though Sheindlin wears her luddite status as proudly as that doily around her neck, she cut right through the bullshit and sussed out what men actually use it for.
"Um, we met on a, um...social website," said defendant Adam Murphy, who was being sued for not paying back a loan from is considerably older, um...friend. "Um, 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."
Murphy met the plaintiff IRL at an Applebee's, which is just perfect. He told Judge Judy he did so just to make friends. Judy felt the pee on her leg, she heard the weather report of rain, and she said, "BALONEY!"
"No, then you go on a website to make friends!" she said. "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?"
The audience, by the way, was gagging as soon as the defendant mentioned Grindr:
And then Judy was gagging at the defendant's claim that the plaintiff was "like a mentor" to him:
She ended up dismissing the case. Even though she clearly couldn't stand the defendant, she figured that the plaintiff gave him money with no reasonable expectation to be repaid. But it wasn't a lost cause, at least Judge Judy learned a lot about life that day.