Insurance Company Pays Man $21,000 With Buckets Of Loose Change

Money is money — but it’s a whole lot easier to receive a bunch of it with a check or even cash, than entirely in loose change. That’s how one California man said an insurance company paid him $21,000 in a legal settlement, dropping off more than 16 five-gallon buckets filled with coins.

The 73-year-old man filed a lawsuit in 2012 against an employee of the insurance company, claiming he’d been physically assaulted, reports NBC Los Angeles.

After the two parties reached a settlement, the insurance company paid up: The man’s attorney says eight employees of the insurance company showed up to his office in a van bearing five-gallon containers full of coins, and left them in the waiting room.

“There’s over 16 buckets of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies. It’s going to take us at least, conservatively, one week to count that whole amount of money,” the attorney told CBS Los Angeles, with his client — who recently had a hernia operation and can’t lift much — adding, “It’s too heavy.”

“I am disappointed by the way [the insurance company] treats their customers and the elderly,” he said in a statement. “We might be poor, but we are people too.”

Insurance Company Settles Claim In $21K Of Loose Coins [CBS Los Angeles]
Insurance Company Delivers Settlement in Buckets of Loose Change [NBC Los Angeles]

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  1. C0Y0TY says:

    As someone in the NBC article’s comments suggested, Adriana’s Insurance can be charged with contempt of court and further harassment. Dropping off 16 buckets of change and leaving doesn’t constitute acceptance of payment, and there’s a limit of how much change can be accepted (which it wasn’t) before it becomes a nuisance payment.

    • Cara says:

      Plus the fact that they just left it there opens them up to any claims that the buckets only contain a fraction of the $21,000.

    • AlaskanPixie says:

      I hope that’s true (I know nothing about legal anything) but at minimum the insurance company is just rude. It would serve them right to get sued a second time for being jerks.

    • SingleMaltGeek says:

      “Adriana’s Insurance”… *snort*

      Sounds like the kind of place that would have a drive-through window. “You want collision with that?”

    • furiousd says:

      “Legal tender for all debts, public and private”, means, in my opinion, that since they were ordered to pay the man this money that they’re abiding by the order by paying with legal tender and he’s not allowed to refuse it. Whether it’s rude or he’s too old or anything else doesn’t effect the fact that the debt’s been settled. Further, I feel like paying more debts this way when I don’t want to hand over the money to begin with.

      • CzarChasm says:

        Just because it’s legally recognized, does not mean you have to accept it. The pertinent portion of law that applies to your question is the Coinage Act of 1965, specifically Section 31 U.S.C. 5103.
        Legal tender means it is ALLOWED to be used as currency, not that it HAS to be.
        Generally, creditors are required to accept payment in any form of legal tender to satisfy a debt. I am not sure a legal settlement is quite the same thing.
        If I were this guy, I would claim that they were several thousand quarters short. It’s going to be damn difficult for them to prove they were not.