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Zeco
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PostPosted: 2005.01.16(Sun)14:24    Post subject: Sad story Reply with quote

Look at http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/16/business/yourmoney/16scam.html?oref=login
(use loginname = fartblossom0 - password= farty )
(beware - 4 pages)

Aquarium related only in 4th page

(forwarded from Tsuh, a Chinese-Brazilian-American friend)
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Irons
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PostPosted: 2005.01.17(Mon)8:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

So very sad. What a lazy jerk that he can even be bothered to feed/clean his own pets.

I'll post the intersting parts.

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... demanding repayment of the $3.1 million. Court documents show that Mr. Darden never shirked his debtors; he just told them that he could not pay.

STILL, his mounting legal problems did not put a crimp in his spendthrift ways. In March, his travels took him from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he made a $50,000 down payment on a 5,600-gallon saltwater aquarium, 22 feet long and 5 feet high. He also dropped $80,000 at an art gallery in New York.

The aquarium was delivered in April and stocked with $50,000 worth of tropical fish and four black tip reef sharks, each three feet long and costing $2,500. The sharks, however, made quick work of the fish. It cost Mr. Darden $3,200 a month to service the tank and feed the sharks their prescribed diet of salmon and flounder filets.

For a few months, Mr. Darden could enjoy the giant aquarium in his living room. People who know him say that amid all the stresses, it soothed him to be able to come home, collapse on one of his white leather couches and take in the aquatic spectacle. Throughout it all, he spoke to his mother and father twice a day, these people say.

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Within months, Mr. Darden had to cut his expenses; among other things, he stopped paying the service that fed the fish and cleaned the tank. When two of his sharks died in October, Mr. Darden made a frantic phone call to the service, promising to pay them if they came to his house and removed the rotting sharks.

"They were lying there dead on the bottom and other fish were eating them," said Joseph Caparatta, the president of New York Aquarium Service, who came in to do the job. "It was just cartilage and fins - they looked as if they were stripped by seagulls."

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PostPosted: 2005.01.25(Tue)14:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

..... wow what a winner god I hate money
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