A Dentist, A Woodsman's Ax, and an Insurance Company
Paul V. Hartman
Well, for those who didn't read it elsewhere (it was 1994):
A couple of curbstone entrepreneurs in Florida went to a
dentist with a grand scheme: since a dentist cannot work without
his index finger, they talked a dentist into allowing them to chop
off his finger in return for a cut (first pun) of what was expected
to be a large insurance pay-off. The dentist agreed. (Was he good?
Not likely. Was he smart? Not likely.)
First they needed a large policy, so the dentist applied to
Allstate (say - aren't they the "good hands" people?) and they
agreed to a $1.3 million policy. (This dentist is so stupid he
probably asked for $500 million.)
When it came time to do the deed, the dentist got cold feet,
(third pun), especially when the ax man announced he would actually
chop off 3 fingers to make it look good. The dentist ran, was
captured, subdued, and had one (1) finger chopped off.
At this point, with a career in dentistry gone, the dentist
elected to proceed with the scam part of the plan. He announced at a
hospital ER that he was the victim of a woodcutting accident, and
then filed a claim with Allstate.
Allstate smelled the air, discovered the dentist had not done
enough preparation on his story, and refused to pay.
I don't know how the details of this were all revealed, but we
have got one stupid dentist, out of work, and going to court for
Only in America.
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