Today I learned about Henry Starr a western outlaw and bank robber who was convicted of murder of a us Marshall but was eventually pardoned and went on to play himself in his own biopic A Debtor to The Law. Two years after the movie was released he was killed by a bank manager during a robbery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Henry Starr claimed to hold the record for most bank robberies in America. He wrote & starred in a movie about his robberies, "A Debtor to the Law," in 1919. Two years later he was shot & killed robbing a bank in Arkansas. okhistory.org/publication…
Draconian laws are named after the 1st Greek legislator, Draco, who meted out severe punishment for very minor offenses. These included enforced slavery for any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor and the death sentence for stealing a cabbage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
In Vermont, debtors are allowed to hold onto 1 cow, 2 goats and 3 swarms of bees from debt collectors. consumerist.com/2013/10/1…
Chicago mobster Sam DeStefano loaned money at interest rates of 25% by week to very high-risk debtors such as drug addicts, in order to torture them in his cellar when they defaulted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In Germany, when a kid becomes an adult at age 18, it can get rid of all its debt by offering its debtors everthing its owns at that point. The young adult is relieved from all other debts they can't pay back so that no young adult has to face a life in debt for things they did as teenager. gesetze-im-internet.de/en…
Chinese debtors shamed with broadcast of names and faces on giant screens on May 1 holiday scmp.com/news/china/socie…
The father of Charles Dickens was sent to a debtors prison over owing a baker Β£40, Charles went to work off his father's debt at the age of 12 blackening shoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Robert Morris, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution - he "financed the final years" of the American Revolution," turned down an appointment as first Treasury Secretary and recommended Alexander Hamilton, and subsequently served time in debtors' prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Senior citizens are the fastest-growing student debtors in US and owe more than $67 billion in student debt. aarp.org/money/credit-loa…
UK Banknotes issued by the Bank of Scotland are not considered legal "tender," not even in Scotland (though they are considered "currency.") Legally, if you offer to pay a debt with a Bank of Scotland note, the debtor does not have to accept it as payment. scotbanks.org.uk/banknote…
The Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) have been sending debtors to work the extremely hazardous cleanup at Fukushima to pay off their gambling/drug debts. Most don't have the proper training to do the job right. japandailypress.com/yakuz…
Some debt collectors in Spain dress up in ridiculous costumes in order to embarrass debtors into paying up. El Cobrador del Frac – "The Debt Collector in Top Hat and Tails" – is a nationwide operation which sends employees dressed like Hollywood villains to collect debts. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The U.S. was the world's biggest creditor when Reagan became President, and the world's largest debtor by 1985. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
In Israel a law passed in 2010 enabled banks and large companies to access the private information of debtors and to enact harsh measures, often unannounced. So if you owe an old cellphone bill you can have your passport blocked and your life insurance cashed out, without ever being told. globalpost.com/dispatch/n…
In Japan, consumer loans firms received over 4.3 billion yen from 15% of all suicides via life insurance. Lawyers allege that, in some cases, collectors harass debtors to the point they take this route en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Robert Morris, "Financier of the American Revolution" and signer of Declaration of Independence, went bankrupt speculating on land and spent 3 years in debtors prison. In 1801 Congress bailed him out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Through the mid 19th century, debtors' prisons (usually similar in form to locked workhouses) were a common way to deal with unpaid debt in Western Europe. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
There's a debt collection agency in Venezuela, that sends collectors dressed as the Devil to follow debtors around until they pay youtu.be/zgdDMXQEGks
The first US Assistant Secretary of Treasury, William Duer, went bankrupt speculating on government bonds and died in debtor's prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Pakistan employs a group transgender tax collectors: The group threatens unwilling debtors that they would show up at their place and embarrass them in front of their neighbors. cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapc…
Today I learned of Mike the Durable, a Depression-era debtor who survived murder attempts of being fed glass- and metal-filled sandwiches, poisoned alcohol, being subjected to near-hypothermia, and being run over by a car io9.com/5918834/the-legen…
A sitting US Supreme Court justice was once jailed in debtors' prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The Cayman Islands is the USA's fifth largest debtor ($366 billion in total securities). treasury.gov/press-center…
Handel's Messiah premiered as a charity benefit of which the proceeds freed 142 men from debtor's prison. messiahchoralsociety.org/…
A Judge cited Billy Madison to deny a debtor a discharge blogs.wsj.com/law/2006/03…
The first Assistant Secretary of the Treasury ended up with a life sentence in debtor's prison as a result of speculating in government debt. He went bankrupt during the Panic of 1792, which he helped cause. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The guy who invented the dollar sign ended up in debtor's prison nndb.com/people/134/00004…

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