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Woman Sues For Unpaid Civil War Loan

Usually stories about people suing over wasteful problems annoy me to no end, but this story isn't exactly irritating — it's just down-right bizarre! I picture 77-year-old Joan Kennedy Biddle pitching her outrageous suit to her lawyer, with the attitude that she has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Biddle found a Civil War dated IOU from the City of Tampa to her great-grandfather, and decided that the city needs to honor its word and pay back the then $300 loan — which today would be worth about $23 million. She told NPR that she's going after the debt now because, "It's better late than never." And I'm sure millions wouldn't hurt, either. The city has some pretty strong fighting words working for it, like the fact that the loan was payable in now non-existent Confederate dollars.

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Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
Sad thing is - I bet she DOES get a good bit of money from this. =P
jedimasterarmi jedimasterarmi 8 years
ha ha! what a waste of time and money!!!!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
That is weird but I've heard weirder.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
Or Stanley nickels! Bwahahahaha...
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
Pay her in Schrute bucks and then she can get five extra minutes of lunchtime!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
The city has some pretty strong fighting words working for it, like the fact that the loan was payable in now non-existent Confederate dollars. lol, I hope that's what they give her! Ridiculous.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"I say give her some confederate money and call it a day." Hey, if she's suing over an IOU for money that doesn't exist in the world anymore, then it's only fair to pay her also in money that doesn't exist in the world anymore :)
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
Man, this is crazy; I can't believe she would possibly expect to get close to $23 million for this! Maybe they can settle and just give her $300. ;)
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
Crazy - Plus there is really no way of knowing if the debt was already paid. I say give her some confederate money and call it a day.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I heard about this yesterday and was rolling my eyes. What greed! What a waste of time and money.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I wonder if there is a statute of limiations on loans (um, I should know :$)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:OY: And I thought there wasn't anything left to be ridiculously litigious about.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
What a wacky story!
jamiedynamite jamiedynamite 8 years
that's wacky
Just-Oh Just-Oh 8 years
I'm sure there are statutes dealing with this ten ways to Sunday. From dealing with Confederate debts to expiration of commercial paper. Makes for a cool story, though.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I second the :OY:
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
ohh wow, could we give her some old Confederate money. lol, she is a little weird. She really wants the money. This must be the biggest that that is happening in her life now.
silly3 silly3 8 years
kooky
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
She is wasting her time.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:OY:
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