Stick this on the list of “dudes who are never getting paid”…
Tom Lee, a 63-year old gem merchant from Grand Rapids, MI, claims he told the FBI where Osama bin Laden was holed up way back in 2003, and now he wants his $25 million reward. He says he found out about the complex from a Pakistani intelligence agent who he had done business with, but there’s one slight problem with his story: According to official reports, the compound where bin Laden was finally caught wasn’t actually built until 2005. So…it’s not looking so good for Lee.
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This has been a pretty busy year for people entering into doomed legal battles with the US government. There was, for example, that time in March when a hardcore atheist group tried suing the U.S. Treasury for putting “In God We Trust” on money, a move clearly motivated by nothing but publicity, since their attempt to remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance had already failed less than ten years earlier. And there was that time in August when BP sued the government for blocking them from getting new federal supply contracts, a move that seemed pretty reasonable, considering BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill had resulted in 11 worker deaths and devastating, wide-spread pollution.
But if you really want to see a dick move, look no further than insurance corporation AIG, who were saved from bankruptcy by a government bailout in 2008, and earlier this year, actually considered suing the government for rescuing them. Their claim is that they were exploited while they were in a financially weak position and ripped off – a scenario that will, appropriately, seem all too familiar to anyone who’s ever actually had to make a claim to an insurance company. Karma, anyone?