I held Mr. Carrey liable for $498, the dollar amount that Ms. Wesley proved, but I did not double the amount because of his conduct.
Ms. Wesley is entitled in my opinion to an award for the dented car door. However, her fear and terror, which I believe was real, cannot be measured in money, and Small Claims does not have the power to make awards for “punitive damages”.
If Mr. Carrey continues to misbehave, she can apply for an appropriate order of protection, and that court can punish him for violating the order.
That decision can be made by someone other than me.
Do you agree?