Posted: 11:24 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
By George Mathis
People are often petty, but companies that want to stay in business should resist childlike urges.
According to a NBC News article, a California insurance company paid a 73-year-old man $21,000 in buckets of loose change.
NBC says the man, Andres Carrasco, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Adriana’s Insurance Service saying he was physically assaulted by an Adriana employee.
The company agreed to a settlement and went to the office of Carrasco’s attorney with a check and 5-gallon buckets full of “quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.”
Carrasco, who has had a hernia operation recently and cannot lift even one of the buckets, said “I am disappointed by the way Adriana’s treats their customers and the elderly. We might be poor, but we are people too.”
The insurance company did not respond to the allegations. I will update the story when/if it does.
If true, this isn’t the end of the story. Surely the California insurance commissioner would investigate Adriana.
I’m a bit suspicious because I’ve never heard of a company paying any sort of settlement with cash, especially buckets of coins.
If the attorney was smart, he’d have asked for the change to be counted out in front of him before accepting the payment.
Meanwhile, folks have taken to Yelp to let their displeasure be known.
One Yelp user wrote: “I wish I could’ve given them NO stars from the way they treated my uncle Andres C. How dare you call yourself a place of business. These people are nothing but money hungry idiots. They care only for money and not any of their customers. My advice, go with someone else. These crooks will get their karma in due time.”
Someone in public relations really has their work cut out for them.
More Tuesday news you may find interesting:
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About the Author
News to Me is a blog (not a news article) written Monday-Friday and any other day George finds spare time to do such a thing. George has been a local news editor with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1999. Earlier attempts at journalism included stops in Valdosta, Cordele and Tifton. A lifelong resident of Georgia, he was raised in Berrien County. He’s fond of guitars, homemade beer and finding interesting news on the wire, Internet and Twitter.