Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Rex Barker here with "Only in America"...

This story has not been proven to be true, but it illustrates creative thinking...

A Charlotte, NC man having purchased a box of very rare, very expensive cigars, insured them against fire among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of cigars and without having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the man stated the cigars were lost "in 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 man sued......and won! In delivering the ruling, the judge agreed that the claim was frivolous. He stated nevertheless that the man held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure against fire, without defining what is considered to be, "unacceptable fire," and was obligated to pay the claim.Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid the man $15,000.00 for the rare cigars he had lost in the "fires".


After the man 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 man was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000.00 fine

This is Rex Barker reminding you that often in life we are faced with something which doesn’t seem right or fair, but by thinking creatively or out of the box, we are often able to turn things around.


Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

Funny story and I think he got what he deserved! Didn't his mother teach him you can't fool with insurance companies? Thanks for the laugh this morning.

Gramma Ann said...

I'm still laughing. Whatever the case it was funny. If it is true, finally justice was served!!

Winifred said...

Love it!

Melinda said...

HA! Now that makes you think!

Tomate Farcie said...

Hahaha, that's true, he did commit arson!! Hahaha!!

Renie Burghardt said...

If it is true, it's pretty incredible, if it's not true, it is creative thinking, for sure. LOL. And it was an enjoyable read.

Have a good night, Patty.