This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of a rooster who successfully defended himself in court. Then we examine what happens when a couple makes off with $120,000 in accidental money. Finally, we consider one of the stupidest and most unfair defences ever to be written into the law.
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An American couple woke up one day to a massive windfall. The bank had accidentally deposited $120,000 in their account. Now, rather than do what normal, law-abiding people who discover a serious banking error did, the couple decided to go on a spending spree. They bought basically the entire product line from a rapper’s endorsement album and lived large…. That is, until the bank discovered the error.
The couple, who admitted they knew the money did not belong to them, promised the bank they would work on a repayment plan. But instead they ghosted the bank, with all their new toys in tow.
But the bank has the better on them. Because their accounts are now overdrawn, they are racking up overdraft fees until they pay back the stolen money. Moral of the story: don’t steal from your bank.
A Defence That Will Sink Your Ship
A party boat company is attempting to skirt its liability for a 4th of July accident by arguing that it doesn’t have to pay anything after the boat caught fire and sunk, injuring hundreds of passengers on board. The basis of their claim appears to be the Titanic Defence.
That’s not even the weirdest part. The weirdest part of this case is that there is an actual piece of legislation in the United States that says that in cases of liability for boating accidents, the boating companies only have to pay the value of the ship after the accident and no more. So if the boat’s sunk… so is the case against the ship owners.
Frankly, while the defence may exist in law, the notion of using it will probably sink the good ship on which your reputation is riding.
Rooster Wins Court Case
One of my favorite types of case to appear on the Weird and Wacky Wednesdays blog is cases involving animals in court. And this one is no disappointment!
Apparently a rooster was taken to court over doing exactly what roosters do: crowing. A Parisian rooster has finally won the right to keep announcing the dawn after a nuisance complaint was filed against him in court.
Not only was the rooster successful in belting its way to success in court, but it also won its court costs… over 1000 euros as an award for damages to its reputation.