Life Lessons

     Random thoughts on assorted topics.
     
     ASSUMPTION OF RISK? Revenge can be so much sweeter if you’re just a little patient.
     The following is a from a Los Angeles Superior Court complaint filed recently against an actor:
     “At the time he went to Poland it was Plaintiff’s understanding that Defendant and Plaintiff were happily married. Plaintiff had an affair the prior year in Poland while Plaintiff was working there, which he told Defendant about in January 2007. The affair resulted in the woman becoming pregnant. However, Defendant was very understanding and forgiving, hoping to adopt the child, and the months that followed were very happy for Plaintiff and Defendant.
     “However, without any notice to Plaintiff, in an apparently planned ambush, while Plaintiff was in Poland, Defendant filed a divorce action … including a motion for exclusive use of the house in Altadena, California…. Numerous false accusations were leveled, all of which were designed to separate Plaintiff from his personal effects….”
     I think he should have seen that one coming.
     Look for the TV movie version sometime next season.
     
     IRONY DEPARTMENT. I report this story for what it’s worth. Bear in mind that I don’t make this stuff up.
     A group of 28 employees of RLT Corporation, a company that owns a bunch of McDonald’s franchises in Las Vegas, has sued Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc. It seems that RLT decided to treat 54 people to a “Manager’s Dinner” at a Lawry’s and the 28 plaintiffs all ordered prime rib – and then got sick.
     A change in diet can be a shock to the system.
     
     INSURING FAILURE. I’ve read about a lot of ways that insurance companies allegedly avoid claims, but this one from a Los Angeles Superior Court complaint may be the most imaginative:
     “Dr. Poopat tried to contact the Physician Review Department at Blue Cross by calling the number provided on the Blue Cross denial letter. Dr. Poopat did not reach Blue Cross using the number provided. Instead, he reached a Gospel Production Company.”
     And apparently faith healing didn’t work.
     
     WHAT’S IN A NAME? Can you put a price on experience?
     Well, maybe.
     There ought to be some value in the lesson that it’s not a good idea to spend thousands of dollars on courses that are supposed to tell you how to get rich.
     A man has sued an outfit called Wealth Intelligence Academy, Inc. that may have taught him the above lesson. Said the suit: “Following his retirement as a successful medical doctor in the Los Angeles area, Dr. K desired to enter into a new profession.”
     So he allegedly spent more than $20,000 on courses and a “mentor” who never appeared along with thousands more on computer programs to learn how to trade stocks and become rich.
     “After attending the seminars, Dr. K spent 10 to 12 hours, 5 days a week, for more than 10 months in an attempt to implement the ‘strategies’ taught by WIA at the seminars. He eventually came to the conclusion, however, that it would be virtually impossible for an individual trader to make money trading in the stock market based on the formula taught by WIA,” said the suit.
     So he’s learned his lesson well.
     Wealth intelligence is not easy to come by.

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