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paul wheaton

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
Posts: 20914

Fresh from my e-mail:

>Charlotte , North Carolina . A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and
>expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.
>Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars
>without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy the
>lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.
>In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small
>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, 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 lost in the "fires".
>After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested
>24 counts of ARSON!!!
>With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being
>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 is a true story and was the First Place winner in the recent Criminal
>Lawyers Award Contest.

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fred rosenberger
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 11913

And sadly, not true.

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Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
Posts: 6662

Darn ! You beat me to it Fred.

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Greg Charles

Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 2961

It's a good story though. Why does it seem all (or at least many) of the humorous apocryphal stories that circulate the Internet are written in a similar style? Are they all coming from a single source?

I think my favorite one was the insurance claim from the guy trying to lower a barrel full of tools from a rooftop. Snopes link.
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