Woman May Owe $2 Million Because Her Boyfriend Tried To Roast A Squirrel With A Blowtorch
Back in 2012, Khek Chanthalavong accidentally burned down an apartment complex in Hollan, Michigan, and because the legal system in United States moves at a speed almost approaching a snail’s pace, the courts are still trying to determine just how much money everyone owes in this mess.
Barbara Pellow, Chanthalavong’s girlfriend, is technically the one on the hook for the damages because she was the lease holder. Chanthalavong’s decision to cook a squirrel via blow torch, and the equally boneheaded move to do so on a wooden deck violated Pellow’s lease agreement, according to the property owners. The biggest problem was most likely the part when Chanthalavong decided to just put the blow torch down and head back inside Pellow’s apartment. In a twist nobody could have seem coming, everything was on fire when he went back outside. The failed barbecue, which was described as a “fur-burning escapade” by court justices, destroyed 32 units and cost the insurance company more than $2 million.
A lower court had originally ruled that Pellow was only responsible for $15,400, but the Court of Appeals sided with the insurance company and overturned that decision on Wednesday. Now Pellow will almost certainly be stuck with an even larger bill. Pellow argued that the parts of the lease agreement she violated “were never explained to her,” but the three-judge panel ruled that understanding the lease agreement was her responsibility, and it is not the landlord’s job to explain it.
Also, don’t use a blowtorch on a platform made entirely out of wood.