I arrived at the small claims courthouse in plenty of time for my case. I recently moved and immediately dealt with a massive plumbing bill. Tree roots grew in my sewer line and I felt like something out of Poltergeist. The plumbers insisted the sellers of the home lived with this problem for years and failed to disclose this detail during the contract process. I wanted to let it go, but I gave it, filed, went to court and lost. Not everyone wins all the time. The judge identified that I failed to prove the sellers knew there was a plumbing problem. I did not do my homework to learn my obligation for presenting my concerns in front of the judge. I thought, “how could the seller have NOT known?” But, the judge wanted me to present how they did know. The cost of the plumbing issue, the price of the home totaled an amount I believe still gave me a hell of a deal on my new home with a workroom to clean my guns. My gracefully accepting failure measures to an almost zero as I relate the courtroom security procedure.
The vey professional, very polite officer who escorted us to the judge’s courtroom guided us, first, to the metal detector machine. We received instruction to remove all metal from our pockets, place items in the clear plastic bin and walk through the detector arch. My purse, without a gun, still held so much metal, I place the whole thing in the clear plastic bin. My Smith and Wesson pocket knife, kubaton, coins, etc, made my purse heavy enough to be a weapon itself. I thought the officer would check my purse. This did not happen. After court, I realized, THIS is where we fall short on basic security. I could have brought in a gun, felt hard done by over the judge’s decision and fired away for feeling sorry for myself. But, thank God, I am one of the good guys. As I should have checked the rules and procedures for small claims court in Texas, the officer should have checked my purse for weapons.