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https://www.1215.org/lawnotes/lawnotes/cigars.htm
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 and 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 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! 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 an 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 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.

ONLY IN AMERICA! NO WONDER THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES THINK WE'RE NUTS!
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This has been making it's rounds for about 5 years. Snopes confirms it's a bogus story.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cigarson/

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What is it about right-wingers that makes them so gullible to obvious jokes & fake news?
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It's still a fun story.
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Joke, or no joke.... I'm with the insurance company.

Lots of stories like that... like the one that made the rounds a few decades ago about the man who brought in several thousand bananas to a car dealership and demanded his new Ford Mustang.

Apparently the place had advertised a new Mustang in a newspaper ad for "6000 bananas".

The story goes..... that the dealer was forced to turn over the Mustang.

No record exists regarding what the dealer did with the bananas.
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