Don’t flush your money down the toilet

January 31st, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

What would you do if you won the lottery? Would you say adios to your boss and quit your job? Or perhaps you would hop on the next plane to paradise?

A German woman found a novel use for her new disposable income.

For many lottery winners, cracking open a bottle or two of champagne would be one of the first things they’d do when their numbers come up. However, I doubt anybody would follow the example of Angela Maier.

The 63-year old was utterly delighted when she found out she had won £330,000 in the German lottery. She celebrated by drinking not one, but five bottles of bubbly and then in her drunken stupor tore up her entire windfall and flushed it down the toilet.

You may wonder why she would have destroyed her new found fortune, but the explanation behind her motivations won’t bring you out of the dark. 

Mrs Maier’s win prompted management at the care home where her husband died to send her a bill covering his medical expenses. She opened this letter after overindulging in the champagne and flew into a rage.

A court in her home town of Essen heard that she tore the money up and flushed the evidence down the loo – as she would rather have none than have to give any of it away.

It's possible that she concocted this elaborate tale in order to avoid paying up, but there is no way to prove it. In the end, she agreed to pay £3,300 in compensation to settle the case.

Mrs Maier isn’t the only one to have bill collectors knocking at her door after hearing of a windfall. 

In America, Pedro Quezada made headlines with his $338 million (£205 million) Powerball win. When the authorities heard of his good luck, they promptly sent him a $29,000 bill for child support.

The moral of this story is to keep paying your bills, because one day you may win the lottery and your debtors could catch up with you, forcing you to think flushing money down the toilet is a good idea.