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Insurer pays off lawsuit with thousands in coins


By ROBERT JABLON

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An insurance company settled a lawsuit with a Los Angeles man by dropping off buckets full of thousands of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, his attorney said Wednesday.

Andres Carrasco, 76, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Adriana's Insurance Services, a Rancho Cucamonga-based company.

The East Los Angeles man alleged that during an argument over why the company had cancelled his auto insurance, an agent assaulted him by physically removing him from the office.

The company reached a settlement in June and last week delivered partial payment in the form of a check, but also tried to leave buckets of loose change in his lawyer's East Los Angeles office, attorney Antonio Gallo said.

Gallo said he refused to accept the delivery because he couldn't verify the amount in the buckets. But, he said, the cash was left the next day when he was at court.

His assistant said eight people came in "and just dropped it off in the lobby," Gallo said.

Gallo, who wouldn't disclose the settlement figure, estimated there may be $20,000 or more in coins.

"There's maybe 17 buckets of coins," he said. "They probably (each) weigh anywhere between 70 to 100 pounds. I'm assuming, because I can't lift them."

One bucket is entirely full of pennies, he added.

Gallo said he didn't think the payment was illegal in California but it is unique.

"It's insulting to my client. He's 76 years old, he just had a hernia operation. Come on," Gallo said. "He feels that he wasn't treated as a human being."

"I am disappointed by the way Adriana's treats their customers and the elderly," Carrasco told KNBC-TV. "We might be poor, but we are people too."

A call to the insurer's attorney, Edvin Flores, wasn't immediately returned

Gallo said he has been in contact with the company's attorney and would like to see the insurer issue a check for the rest of the settlement and take away the coins by Friday. Otherwise, he will have to hire someone to count the stash.

"If the money's short, then we'll probably go back into court" to ask for the full amount, along with the cost of counting the coins "and hopefully some sanctions," Gallo said.

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Scooter August 06 2014 at 7:02 PM

This is a form of retaliation. The insurance company and its lawyer should be held in contempt!!!

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docush9 August 06 2014 at 6:56 PM

ass hole is what they are , complete ass holes. really thinking their smart , it will hurt them more in the long run when word gets around

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johnfuen August 06 2014 at 7:51 PM

This kind of negative press is not going to help the company and may even sink it.

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gov111w August 06 2014 at 6:58 PM

Anyone doing business with this insurance company has got to be crazy. They are way over the top... No class !!!

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Karlita August 06 2014 at 6:59 PM

what eva happened to customer service? the customer is always right! (almost always) How dare you insult (and be okay with your employee who assaulted) an elderly man who was once YOUR customer. What goes around comes around.

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mary August 06 2014 at 7:52 PM

This is awful. This company should have their usurer's license suspended for misconduct.

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Ms. Dragon August 06 2014 at 7:30 PM

C'mon! Give us the name of the insurance company, not just the agent. Then we can boycott the insurance company. Also check the law books. There used to be a law that any bill can be paid in 'legal tender', but there was a limit on the amount that could be paid in coins.

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spstevens58 August 06 2014 at 7:12 PM

He didn't accept the delivery. SO, he could say he has never been paid and demand they pay the balance due. Secondarily, if you or I try to pay a fine with pennies, the payment can be refused and often is. Why doesn't a corp have the same legal burden as we? (becasue while corps are people, people are no longer thought of as people.)

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Carolyn spstevens58 August 07 2014 at 1:44 AM

You're right about paying fines with pennies. Legally, they have to take it. Its been unchallenged.

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Tutu spstevens58 August 07 2014 at 9:46 AM

Go back and reread....delivery was refused as there was not way to know if the amount of change in the buckets was the correct total. Also, to the person that said tha coins are not legal tender....well guess again...they are.

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Marven Gardens August 06 2014 at 7:32 PM

Adrianna's Insurance Company should be forced to shell-out another million dollars for this tacky stunt. "Adrianna's" . . . "Rancho Cucamonga" . . . says it all alone.

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asanjeevan01 August 06 2014 at 8:00 PM

every person should cancel their policy with this insurer..

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nebrostx asanjeevan01 August 07 2014 at 1:06 PM

It's not an insurer, it's an insurance agency.

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m.young38 asanjeevan01 August 08 2014 at 12:04 AM

Agreed just find a new agent in your area and send a certified letter to the insurer that you wish to change your local agent from this agency to this one effective on (be sure to specify the effective date in the letter.) and send it certified return reciept.

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