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Cori Weisbeck
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This is an email I got and wanted to share:

This took place in Charlotte, North Carolina .

A lawyer purchased a box of 24 very rare and expensive cigars. Then, he 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.
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The story's hilarious, even if it isn't true.

I think I first saw this story on Usenet in the 90s.

edited to add: It actually goes back farther than that, to the 1960s (http://www.snopes.com/crime/clever/cigarson.asp), with the concept a decade older (http://www.snopes.com/college/admin/cakesale.asp).
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sodak_ninja_girl wrote:


This true false story never won First Place in last any year's Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.
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Fixed that for you.
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The best part about labeling something as "true" is that you immediately separate those who want to believe from those with enough sense not to. Then you can legally kill whichever of those two groups you don't like. It's true!
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True story...
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And Englebert Humperdink died as well. In a car crash or something.

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It sounded real, so I figured I'd better check with the experts:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/clever/cigarson.asp

Yep, it's phony.
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Octavian wrote:
And Englebert Humperdink died as well. In a car crash or something.



Along with Abe Vigoda.
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tommynomad wrote:
The story's hilarious, even if it isn't true.

I think I first saw this story on Usenet in the 90s.

edited to add: It actually goes back farther than that, to the 1960s (http://www.snopes.com/crime/clever/cigarson.asp), with the concept a decade older (http://www.snopes.com/college/admin/cakesale.asp).

I love to debunk urban legends, but I sometimes wonder if it's the right thing to do. An urban legend changes somewhat the perception we have of the real world. When it's debunked, it's another piece of dream (or, depending on the urban legend, nightmare) that get shattered.
 
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Paolo Robino wrote:

I love to debunk urban legends, but I sometimes wonder if it's the right thing to do. An urban legend changes somewhat the perception we have of the real world. When it's debunked, it's another piece of dream (or, depending on the urban legend, nightmare) that get shattered.


That's why I just start with low expectations. There's nothing to shatter and when I'm amazed I'm *genuinely* amazed. It's true!
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I think it's good to debunk urban legends which are presented as "true stories". It's also good to teach people to critically assess the stories they hear, to determine if they're true or not.

On the other hand, it's also important to realize that stories which are not factually true can contain basic truths, or insightful commentary. (In the case of this story: "If you try to twist the law for your own greed/unfair advantage, don't be surprised if someone does the same back to you!")
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I wonder if the story is legally sound, though. Even though I knew it was fake as I read it (I actually stopped after the first paragraph and scanned down the responses to check for the inevitable "that's not true" responses). But, I wonder if all the legal parts of the story are accurate. The only part I doubt, is the judge going along with it. I think most judges would throw the case out.
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BoB3K wrote:
The only part I doubt, is the judge going along with it. I think most judges would throw the case out.


I would like to believe that, but I've seen too many ridiculous awards in court cases, let alone absurd cases.
 
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I'm pretty sure you can't be charged with arson if the sole purpose of the item requires burning.
 
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