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My favorite litigant ever

pennies.jpgLast month, Bob Wilson filed a small claims court case against Karl Stepen, the owner of a motorsports store. Wilson was pissed because he had taken his kid’s dirt bike in last May to have it fixed. He got it back after 6 months of delay and alleges that it stopped working soon thereafter. After a second attempt saw the bike sitting in the back for a couple of months, he took it to a second store, where he had to drop $900 to finally get it working.

In any event, Wilson won his claim last month, getting a verdict of $335. And Karl Stepen lived up to his legal obligation by paying Wilson - however, to show his contempt over the situation, he paid by delivering 33,500 pennies!

District Judge Theresa Brennan says this is the first time she’s ever heard of pennies being used for payment, but that it’s perfectly legal. Wilson, for his part, is donating the payment to a local Human Service Agency which has helped him out with heating bills.

So really, to my mind, everyone is a winner here. Especially Stepen. I mean, sure, he lost the case, but come on - penny payment rules.

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"Wilson, for his part, is donating the payment to a local Human Service Agency which has helped him out with heating bills."

Well, duh. Of course he needed help with his heating bills after spending $900 to fix his son's motorbike... It's pretty pathetic to abuse a charity like that.