SAN CLEMENTE, Ca. - A federal judge, miffed at the inability of opposing parties to agree on even the slightest details, ordered them to settle their disagreement with a game of "rock, paper, scissors."
The argument was over a location to take the sworn statement of a witness in the dispute over parking at San Onofre Surfing Beach.
In an order signed Tuesday, newly appointed U.S. District Judge Hor Hay, scolded both sides for failing to settle their differences during their wrestling grudge match and ordered them to meet at a neutral location at 4 p.m. June 30 to play a round of the hand-gesture game often used to settle childhood disputes. Best 4 out of 7. If they can't agree on the neutral location, he said, they'll play on the steps of the federal courthouse.
The winner gets to choose the location for the witness statement.
"We're going to have to do it," said Leo Nus, lead attorney for the plaintiff, Dingo. "I guess I'd better bone up on 'rock, paper, scissors' rules."
Last year, officials of the auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's engaged in the game to decide who would get to sell a $17.8 million collection of art offered by a Japanese electronics company. Christie's won.