Personal finance experts often advise you to save your spare change, but you’d need a pretty big change jar to store the four tons worth of quarters that Doctor Roger Herrin left in the lobby of two Illinois law firms.
Doctor Herrin used the quarters to protest an insurance settlement that required him to pay back approximately a half million dollars that had previously been awarded to his son’s estate.
Back in 2001, Michael Herrin and two of his friend were riding in a Jeep Cherokee driven by one of the boys mothers when they were suddenly rammed by a truck that had run a stop sign. Herrin was killed and the other passengers all suffered injuries. One of the boys required multiple knee surgeries.
Doctor Herrin was awarded the bulk of an $800,000 insurance settlement, which seems fair since he lost his son in the accident. But twelve years later an appellate court ordered Doctor Herrin to pay back approximately $500,000 to the other victims of the crash.
Not surprisingly, Herrin was not happy about the settlement. It was bad enough to lose a son so young, but now he had to return most of the money that had been initially been awarded to his son’s estate.
So while he made certain to respect the court’s judgment and return the money as ordered, he couldn’t help making a statement of protest. He personally went to two law firms and dropped off dozens of bags full of quarters…a total of $150,000 worth of quarters!
I can’t imagine losing a child and I can’t blame Doctor Herrin for being upset about the ruling. I only hope he gained a small amount of satisfaction from his act of protest.
If you had a child that was killed in an accident, is there any amount of money that would replace your loss? How would you go on, and what would you do if you were in Doctor Herrin’s position?