Friday, 22 May 2009

The ten-million dollar question

It’s been interesting listening to all the rumour and speculation about the “runaway squillionaires,” especially answers the questions what you would do if you found yourself the windfall winner of a ten-million dollar bank error in your favour.

Which reminded me of an old architect’s joke. 
Q: What would you do if you won a million dollars?
A: I’d keep  practicing architecture until it was all gone.
[Insert laugh track here.]

So what would you do?


Anonymous Sean Fitzpatrick said...

Reminds me of Richard Branson's comment that the easiest way to become a millionaire was to be a billionaire and then get into the airline industry.

22 May 2009, 09:15:00  
Blogger libertyscott said...

A million New Zealand dollars? Put a deposit on a flat in London - yep, you are talking bugger all money really.

22 May 2009, 10:26:00  
Anonymous Elijah Lineberry said...

I would immediately give it back ..(and think those saying they would trouser millions of dollars of stolen money and do a runner should be ashamed of themselves)

22 May 2009, 12:03:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

give it back, because i am a goody-good.

22 May 2009, 12:35:00  
Anonymous Stephane said...

Look who's talking? Elijah, have you paid the money that you promised DenMT ?

22 May 2009, 13:33:00  
Anonymous Greg said...

Well, it happened to me once, and I did give it back.

(Was a good deal less than 10 million -- $9,920,000 less, in fact -- but 10 mil wouldn't be worth the trouble...libertyscott's right)

22 May 2009, 23:12:00  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

This is not monopoly. It isn't yours.

23 May 2009, 06:21:00  
Anonymous Mark.V. said...

I'd put it in a high interest deposit account for a few weeks, I think I can stall the Bank that long, give the money back and keep the interest.

23 May 2009, 09:35:00  
Blogger Clunking Fist said...

I'd get a bionic arm and x-ray vision.

wv = depant. yep, that's what the xray vision is for.

23 May 2009, 15:12:00  
Blogger Ruth said...

There is an 'Undue Enrichment' clause with Bank accounts I'm afraid - so you cannot claim interest on it. Lineberry is right. It's stolen money -- ie theft.

23 May 2009, 16:37:00  
Anonymous Nat Supporter said...

Whoa!! Ruth is in agreement with this liar Elijah Lineberry?????

24 May 2009, 12:14:00  
Anonymous Greg said...

and think those saying they would trouser millions of dollars of stolen money and do a runner should be ashamed of themselvesThis is not monopoly. It isn't yours.Thing is, it isn't anybody else's, either, so I can't see my way to pretending it's "stolen". Stolen from whom, exactly?

The only problem I have with the idea of legging it, really, is that you'll spend the rest of your life on the run, so there'd have to be a lot more money involved before I'd consider it worthwhile. For 100 million, maybe...if I could figure a way to get that much out of the banking system without raising any alarms. [Could probably keep most of that intact...with only 3.8 mil or whatever it was these guys ran off with, they'll probably only clear 10-15 cents on the dollar in the end anyway (unless they spend it all fast). Seriously not worth it]

29 May 2009, 12:32:00  

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