Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

When asked how they destroy seized Cuban cigars, U.S. Customs Agents (so says the Internet) replied: “We burn them –” (comedic pause) “– one at a time.”  So, here’s another online Cigar (tall?) Tale.  A Charlotte lawyer insured a box of expensive cigars against (inter alia) fire.  Within a month he’d smoked the whole lot.  He filed a claim asserting that the cigars were “lost in a series of small fires.”  Claim denied.  Lawyer sued.  Judge awarded Lawyer $15,000 because Insurer had never defined “unacceptable fire.”  Insurer paid.  But (here’s one for you lawyer haters) justice did prevail: Lawyer fined $1,000 for each of 24 counts of arson and insurance fraud and sentenced to 24 months in jail. 

Sausalito, California