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(New Zealand Herald)   Don't you hate it when the doctors say you have fatal cancer, so you spend $80,000 completing everything on your bucket list, and then it turns out the doctors got it wrong?   (nzherald.co.nz) divider line 33
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2012-06-17 10:08:01 AM
5 votes:
So you borrowed 80k without any intention of paying it back. And somehow because you thought you were dying, we're supposed to sympathize?

Sorry. That makes you a douchebag.
2012-06-17 10:24:38 AM
3 votes:
Finding out you don't really have cancer is never bad.
2012-06-17 10:18:35 AM
3 votes:
What a fantastic metaphor for the Baby Boomer generation as a whole.
2012-06-17 10:08:18 AM
3 votes:
On the other hand, you probably wouldn't have done so much awesome shiat if you hadn't had the diagnosis, so ya got that going for ya, which is nice.
2012-06-17 10:39:38 AM
2 votes:
So basically he was going to go all deadbeat and I'm supposed to feel sorry for his stupidity and greed?
2012-06-17 10:09:55 AM
2 votes:
You know what this article reminds me of? Married men and women who retire together, and then the man is getting closer to death (men die younger) so they go out and spend all their money, and I mean, all of it, on vacations, etc, and then the man dies and the woman has nothing to live on.

very common occurance.

I understand this couple thought he was dying, but their plan was for her to get the life insurance and do what? she had no house, no savings, lots of bills.
2012-06-17 10:09:41 AM
2 votes:
"I'm going to die, let's spend all of OUR money. It's not like you'll need once I'm dead or anything."

Good plan.
2012-06-17 10:08:58 AM
2 votes:

wmoonfox: TFA: Wilma said they've lost faith in the health system and refused to get medical care.

Yes, it's the hospital's fault that you spent way more than you had, expecting to game the insurance companies to pay for your excesses. "Personal responsibility" is completely foreign to the world today...


"game the insurance company" = "collect the amount you were insured for?"
2012-06-17 10:08:56 AM
2 votes:
You know, he may not have cancer but he's still dying. We all are. It was his choice to do everything on his bucket list like a maniac.
2012-06-17 10:07:59 AM
2 votes:
I'd probably ask for a second opinion, but I hardly blame these people for doing what they did...especially if they thought his life insurance would pay for it once he was gone. Beats the hell out of sitting at home and waiting to die.
2012-06-17 10:07:28 AM
2 votes:
TFA: Wilma said they've lost faith in the health system and refused to get medical care.

Yes, it's the hospital's fault that you spent way more than you had, expecting to game the insurance companies to pay for your excesses. "Personal responsibility" is completely foreign to the world today...
2012-06-17 05:05:12 PM
1 votes:
Eh, he completed his bucket list. That seems like an overall win for him.

Not so much for her, but it seems he was planning on leaving her broke and widowed anyhow.
2012-06-17 04:21:03 PM
1 votes:
A salesman sought medical aid because he had sore, popping eyes, couldn't see well and had a ringing in his ears. A doctor looked the salesman over and suggested removal of his tonsils. The operation resulted in no improvement, so the salesman consulted another doctor, who suggested the removal of his teeth. His teeth were extracted, but the salesman's eyes still popped and the ringing in his ears continued.

A third doctor told him bluntly, "You've got six months to live."

So the doomed salesman thought he would treat himself right while he still could. The salesman bought himself a flashy car and hired himself a chauffeur. He then went to the best tailor in town to make him a few custom suits. The salesman even decided to order a dozen shirts that would be made-to-order.

"Okay," said the shirtmaker, "let's get your measurements. Hmm, 35 sleeve, 16 collar - "

"Fifteen," the salesman said.

"Sixteen collar," the shirtmaker repeated, measuring again.

"But I've always worn a 15 collar," said the salesman.

"Listen," said the shirtmaker, "I'm warning you. You keep wearing a 15 collar, and your eyes will pop and you'll have a ringing in your ears."
2012-06-17 04:15:54 PM
1 votes:
Not as much as I'd hate it if the doctors had got it right.
2012-06-17 03:26:14 PM
1 votes:
I don't know about the rest of you, but if I was given a few months to live and felt great 6 months later, I would probably try to get some kind of follow up appointment.

Unless that policy was for a million bucks, that was a really irresponsible thing for them to do. Wife is 65 and could easily live another 20 years. Throw in an expensive deterioration in health and maybe leaving something for the grandkids and voila! A million bucks.
2012-06-17 02:35:01 PM
1 votes:
I know two separate incidents where the husband died after cancer and had secretly remortgaged the pay off house to pay the bills, which left the wives, in both cases, screwed.

In one of the cases, the husbands children from his first marriage went to the house and took everything that wasn't hers (tools, car, lawn mower, etc) and he had been pronounced dead only hours earlier. They were married nearly 17 years and she practically raised those kids. Weeks later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. And lost her house to foreclosure. I have no idea what happened to her.
2012-06-17 02:13:52 PM
1 votes:

zamboni: FTFA:"If the pain got too bad I was going to kill myself, but the pain never came ... everyone was surprised I was still alive," Frank said.

Might wanna check the terms of that life insurance policy you were depending on to pay for your recent extravagances, Sparky. It probably doesn't cover suicide.

These guys sound like they don't plan ahead very much. It's a wonder they even have a life insurance policy to begin with.


It's a myth that life insurance does not cover suicides. Once it is outside the period of contestibility (usually 2 years from the date of issue), the policy will pay, even in the event of suicide unless it is specifically worded otherwise.
2012-06-17 02:04:59 PM
1 votes:
Do they have a website yet?

/the new panhandling
2012-06-17 12:12:23 PM
1 votes:
Great Becker episode, you can watch the full episode on youtube.

part 1

Link


part 2 . Watch the first few minutes if you want the punchline

Link
2012-06-17 10:41:37 AM
1 votes:

wmoonfox: My point is, they ran up a whole bunch of unnecessary bills expecting a big payout. If they were hospital bills, these fine folks might deserve some sympathy and possibly some compensation, As it is, they went on vacation, gambling and losing. It's all there in the article.... you did read the article, right?




wmoonfox: expecting to game the insurance companies to pay for your excesses


You apparently think collecting on life insurance by dieing and then using that money to pay bills is "gaming"...
2012-06-17 10:33:02 AM
1 votes:
Oh well, at least he still has his cigarettes.
2012-06-17 10:30:37 AM
1 votes:
Unfortunately, stupid people do stupid things with their money.

Did this guy not give a crap about whether he left his wife buried in debt or not? And apparently she didn't, either.
2012-06-17 10:26:05 AM
1 votes:
If I completed my bucket list, it wouldn't matter if I found out I didn't have cancer. The earth would be uninhabitable anyway.
2012-06-17 10:23:48 AM
1 votes:

JWideman: And what would his widow do once he was dead? Live off the insurance payout? Oh, wait, he spent that.


I don't know the details of their financial situation but.....

There aren't any laws that say you have to pay your debt. Particularly unsecured debt. That's why it's called unsecured debt.

While it goes against most people's sense of right and wrong; it's entirely possible to protect reasonably large sums of money while not paying equally large sums of money. Personally, if it were me, I'd have gotten a divorce. Being legally separated would protect my wife from my debts and still allow her to be the named beneficiary of my life insurance policy.

The credit card debt and what not, that would stay in my name.
2012-06-17 10:22:16 AM
1 votes:

rvabenji: You're an idiot.


No, you.

rvabenji: His point was he has life insurance which pays a lump sum when he dies. The insurance company expects you to use that for bills.


My point is, they ran up a whole bunch of unnecessary bills expecting a big payout. If they were hospital bills, these fine folks might deserve some sympathy and possibly some compensation, As it is, they went on vacation, gambling and losing. It's all there in the article.... you did read the article, right?
2012-06-17 10:22:05 AM
1 votes:
Newsflash: just bc you think you are dying...doesn't mean you are special somehow. What they did was VERY immature and stupid...then they were going to try and defraud the insurance company into paying for it.

Tough luck he didn't die and all..but it looks like they are on the hook because of his over-inflated sense of entitlement and stupidity
2012-06-17 10:19:08 AM
1 votes:
$30,000 for ten days? Yeah, the pool and toilets and everything else was filled with Fiji water but it's not that expensive.
2012-06-17 10:17:42 AM
1 votes:
TFA: They blew $30,000 on food, a five-star resort and fishing activities, expecting his life insurance to cover the costs.

Good news! It's not an indefinite stay of death. That life insurance will eventually pay out.
2012-06-17 10:17:07 AM
1 votes:
And what would his widow do once he was dead? Live off the insurance payout? Oh, wait, he spent that.
2012-06-17 10:17:00 AM
1 votes:
So you got to complete your bucket list early. Now you can focus on paying your debts.
2012-06-17 10:16:54 AM
1 votes:

rvabenji: wmoonfox: TFA: Wilma said they've lost faith in the health system and refused to get medical care.

Yes, it's the hospital's fault that you spent way more than you had, expecting to game the insurance companies to pay for your excesses. "Personal responsibility" is completely foreign to the world today...

You're an idiot. His point was he has life insurance which pays a lump sum when he dies. The insurance company expects you to use that for bills.


But his wife was left with a ton of bills, no home, no savings. Not everyone has a million dollar or more insurance policy. She would have had to not only cover all of his fun, but start completely over.
2012-06-17 10:14:07 AM
1 votes:
ecx.images-amazon.com
It would make a not great but not awful movie.
2012-06-17 08:20:44 AM
1 votes:
thefilmstage.com

Understands.
 
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