Ralph Dupps’ pet turkeys bugged his neighbors, Robert and Jennifer Klippel. The Klippels birdnapped the turkeys and set them free in a wildlife preserve. Dupps filed a police complaint and had the Klippels arrested for petit larceny. The Klippels spent about ten hours in jail. Naturally, being good American citizens who have been born and raised in our litigious society, the Klippels did what comes naturally and sued Dupps for a whole bunch of stuff. A court just awarded the Klippels $4.25 million! More proof that we live in a wonderful country where litigation is always the answer to every problem. Good luck collecting the judgment.
Moral of the story: A bird stolen from the hand is worth $4.5 million – to the thief.