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Only In America...

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by 2up, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. This took place in Charlotte North Carolina.

    A lawyer purchased a box of very rare expensive cigars, and then insured them against, among other things, fire. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.

    In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost in a series of small fires.' The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.
    The lawyer sued and WON!



    Stay with me.
    Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.

    Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.


    NOW FOR THE BEST PART...
    After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

    This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.

    ONLY IN AMERICA !!
     
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  4. urban legend :D.

    Edit: damn beat me by a minute! Edit: 3 minutes of fail :(
     
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  5. Make that 3 minutes :p
     
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  6. Snopes seems to dismiss alot of things without actually showing any proof what so ever. Fair enough, most of Snope's claims are probably correct, but i find it amazing many people here seem to be eluded to the fact Snopes is perfect and can do no wrong.
     
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  7. And I find it amazing that people will believe some of the most ridiculous stories they've received by email without considering that perhaps its a little TOO far fetched to be plausible :wink: :p
     
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  8. Of course it's just a story but it brightened up your day a little.
     
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  9. Ill agree, snopes often makes their own dubious claims, but you just need to realise that they are another internet site and even though they claim to debunk myths, they are no different to wikipedia or any other source.
     
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  10. In defence of Snopes, since their sole reason for existence is to be urban mythbusters, you'd have to think that they would only publish if they knew they were right, given the level of scrutiny to which their efforts are subjected.....
     
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  11. Seeing it get smacked down within minutes did brighten my day a little :p

    Nah it's a good story and does make one wonder if people actually try things like that.
     
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  12. It made me laugh regardless lol

    The truth in this case is a massive killjoy :LOL:
     
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  13. I read through the snopes link and all they seem to do is quote where the story was used before. To me that's not busting a myth.
     
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  14. Oh give it up already :LOL: seriously. You're just embarrassing yourself now. Fine, don't believe snopes, but do a google search and you'll find it posted again and again over the years, in different formats, with different locations for the lawyer. Prove its true if you think Snopes is wrong...
     
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