(Source) Ordered by an Illinois appeals court to share $500,000 from insurance with passengers who survived a car crash that killed his teenage son, an angry businessman complied by paying about one quarter of the settlement in quarters — 600,000 of them. The $150,000 payback in change Wednesday was a “protest against the ruling,” Roger Herrin, a retired foot surgeon, nursing home owner and Southern Illinois University trustee, toldTheWall Street Journal.
The 4-ton, 150-bag payback was first reported by The Southern newspaper. “It’s vehemently wrong in my view and nearly everybody else in the world,” Herrin, of Harrisburg, Ill., told the paper. “If and when someone loses a child, it leaves a hole in your heart that is never repairable.” His 15-year-old-son, Michael, died in June 2001 when a farm truck ran a stop sign in southern Illinois and broadsided the Jeep Cherokee he was in. The crash injured two friends and the driver, the mother of one friend. The boy’s family received $1.65 million in a settlement of a wrongful-death lawsuit with two insurance companies representing the truck driver. In addition, a trial court awarded the Herrins $500,000 of an $800,000 pool for underinsured motorists for all passengers.
But in January 2012, the state 5th District Appellate Court ruled that the Saline County trial court had erred in awarding the Herrins the additional money and ordered that it be redistributed to the injured passengers. Wednesday was the deadline for Herrin to comply. An armored truck drove the quarters from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to a bank in Marion, Ill. There, under the direction of the 76-year-old Herrin, workers transferred the change to flatbed trucks, the Journal said. The trucks then took the money to two unsuspecting law firms representing the injured passengers, where the bags were dropped in their lobbies. Herrin said that the lawyers were “not happy” and that he “wasn’t real congenial.”
Paying in only change has to be one of the most offensive things someone can do. We talked about this on KFC Radio a few months back but my sentiments still stand. You want to fuck someone over. You want to get the last laugh, you pay them in change, plain and simple. And yeah I understand that it’s still money but it’s sort of not. Change is dirty. No one likes change. It jingles in your pocket like an asshole. It falls out of your pockets when you sit on a couch. Dimes, Nickels and Pennies are all stupid fuckboys. And of course you never ever have enough change to pay anything exactly. There is not one redeeming quality about change. Zero. So yeah I’m a fan of this move. You want to give someone a fuck you, you make them handle change like a homeless person, you Kramer them.