In 1932, a group of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, DC to demand early payment of their service bonuses. President Hoover called in the Army to disperse the protestors. With a force of 500 infantrymen, 500 cavalry, and 6 tanks, the Army succeeded, and two veterans were killed. britannica.com/event/Bonu…
Guinness World Records accepts payments (ranging from $12,000 to $500,000) from individuals, organizations and governments to either find a record that they could break or to create an entirely new record category en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Getty Images, a company infamous for sending threatening letters requesting payment when their photos are used without permission, was sued for more than $1 billion in damages when they mistakenly demanded a β€œsettlement payment” from a photographer for her own work. latimes.com/business/hilt…
... On 31 December 2006, Britain made a final payment of about $83m (Β£45.5m) and thereby discharged the last of its WWII loans from the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The entire EU plus a dozen other countries including the US, Brazil, Turkey, and Kazakhstan are part of a huge treaty requiring countries to pursue child support payments levied in other member countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
Jason Weaver, who supplied young Simba’s singing voice in the Lion King (1994), turned down a $2 million upfront payment and instead negotiated with Disney for $100k + royalties (thanks to his mom). Royalties have netted him well over $2 million since. youtu.be/cadGzQvnBHg
There is a robust black market for Tide laundry soap, with drug dealers accepting it as payment and shoplifting rings finding it more lucrative and less legally risky than other illegal schemes. nymag.com/news/features/t…
In Greek mythology Charon is the ferryman who carries souls of the newly dead across the river Styx and Acheron that divided the world of living from the world of the dead. As a payment or bribe for Charon, ancient Greeks started the custom of Placing a coin in the mouth of a dead body. britannica.com/topic/Char…
The electronic toll system in Portugal can be used as payment at many parking lots, gas stations and even some McDonald’s drive throughs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
A gang of brilliant French thieves used a vacuum cleaner to steal $800K from a bunch of grocery stores. The stores used a pneumatic tube system to convey their cash payments to their safes. They broke in and used the vacuum cleaner to suck the money out of the store vaults. historycollection.co/grou…
90% of the profits of the O.J. Simpson book 'If I did it" went to Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman's father. Goldman had sued Simpson in a wrongful death civil suit and was awarded $33.5 million, which had gone unpaid. In 2007, a judge awarded the rights to the book to the Goldman family as payment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
In 2018 the car loan platform Lending Tree reported that while Tesla buyers only spent 4.6% of income on car payments, the least among all studied brands, the highest payment-to-income ratio brands were Buick and Chrysler, with both having buyers spend 10.9% of their income on car payments. autonews.com/article/2018…
Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory currently earns just $8-9 every three months from royalty payments. nny360.com/news/wonka-fil…
Hitler believed women should follow the 3 "K's" of Kinder, Kuche, and Kirche (Children, Kitchen, Church). Payment was given for each child conceived and volunteers were allowed to sleep with SS officers. Thin women were discouraged as they may have trouble with childbirth. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides…
Da Vinci was given a vineyard as payment for making The Last Supper, which was bombed in WW2, and the DNA of those vines is being used to recreate the wines he had telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
There's a Japanese political party that's solely dedicated to abolishing the current mandatory payment of subscription fees to NHK, national broadcasting agency. It's called the Party to Protect the People from the NHK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Washington state has the highest unemployment benefit with a weekly maximum payment of $749, while Mississippi has the lowest weekly payment of $235. fileunemployment.org/unem…
Today I learned about Taarof, Iranian etiquette in which the host offers anything to the guest and the guest declines it repeatedly until eventually giving in, regardless of whether they want it or not. Taxi drivers might refuse payment initially as passengers are meant to insist on paying. commisceo-global.com/blog…
Part of George McGovern's initial 1972 platform in his run for president was a payment of $1000 a year to every American citizen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 2006 Turkmenistan leader cancelled pensions to a third of pensioners saying payments were inflated. The same leader who reportedly banned gold teeth, smoking, video games, recorded music, lip-syncing, makeup on newscasters, owning more than one cat/dog, young men from growing beards/long hair theguardian.com/world/200…
In a legal battle after the September 11th attacks, the leaseholder of the WTC claimed that he was owed double insurance payments, as each attack was a separate event, but lost in court, in which the jury decided it was actually one attack cnn.com/2004/LAW/04/29/at…
The RMS Niagra was struck by mines off the coast of Auckland NZ carrying 590 gold ingots as payment from the UK to the USA during WWII. A secret rescue mission was carried out in '41 by an old steamship to retrieve the gold using a chamber, a radio and a grab. They retrieved 555 ingots of gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
Today I learned of the Sack of Antwerp .In 1576 Spanish regiments in Flanders mutinied after a long delay in payments from the Spanish crown. Taking the matter of compensation into their own hands the Spanish army pillaged Antwerp for three days and massacred an estimated 7000 men women and children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Chinese vice president Chen Cheng's β€œ375 rent reduction” initiative was credited with stopping the spread of communism in Taiwan. The policy capped the rent farmers paid to landlords at 37.5% of the harvest. Prior to the directive, landlords often sought more than half of the crop as payment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Abercrombie & Fitch offered the cast of Jersey Shore "substantial payment" to stop wearing their brand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe…
After Lunar Module saved astronauts on Apollo 13 mission, it's company sent a bill for $312,421.24 for towing services (as a joke) to company who made malfunctioned service module, and they in response declined payment stating last 3 times they carried Lunar Module for free. gizmodo.com/the-only-fun-…
The IRS allows citizens to pay for their taxes in person at 7-11 locations. Can pay, at most, $1,000 a day and there’s a fee of $3.99 per payment usatoday.com/story/money/…
Great Britain sold much of their American investments, and borrowed currency from Wall Street and the American government for the war effort in World War 1 (WWI). In 1931, 4.4 billion USD was still owed. The last payment on that debt was made nearly a century after the war's end, in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Scammers wore a realistic silicone mask and impersonated a prominent public figure via video chat in order to steal €80m (Β£70m; $90m) from French CEOs and other wealthy victims. The fake figure said he needed the money to make secret payments to hostage takers. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Germany started paying World War I reparations in 1921 through Gold and Bonds, which was cancelled by Hitler when he came to power, but Germany resumed the payments again in 1953 post World War II, and kept making payments until October 2010 when the final one was made to officially end WWI abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Today I learned of David Garrett, a musician who, after finally making the last payment on a $1.2 million Guadagnini violin, slipped down a stairwell and accidentally crushed his treasured instrument. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Dolly Parton gave each family who lost its primary residence in the 2016 TN fires $1,000 a month for five months. When she arrived to help dole out the final payments, she brought the nearly 900 families an unexpected bonus – another $5,000 each for a total of $10,000. usatoday.com/story/life/p…
In 2014, Dr. Oz received a single payment of $1,173,913.00 from Covidien Sales LLC for "services other than consulting, including serving as faculty or as a speaker at a venue other than a continuing education program" openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/…
In the 1600s Holland issued a bond that had no end date. 400 years later, the bond is now owned by Yale University, which still receives 11 euros a year in interest payments. youtu.be/cfSIC8jwbQs
NBA player Allen Iverson signed a lifetime endorsement contract with Reebok in 2001 that would pay him $800,000 a year until he reaches age 55 to where he would then receive a final lump sum payment of $32,000,000. basketballforever.com/201…
In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space. Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a cash payment, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his shares were valued at $200 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Anybody can walk into a Sikh temple after prayers and partake of the free communal meal called langar. The meal, a symbol of equality and community is given to anybody who wishes to partake, without any expectation of payment. pluralism.org/religions/s…
It’s illegal for radio stations and streaming services to accept payments from record labels to promote songs without disclosing that the airtime/playlist has been bought or sponsored thebalancecareers.com/pay…
Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot afford school fees can offer livestock such as goats or sheep as payment for tuition fees bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news…
Today I learned of John Kissinger, who volunteered for the yellow fever experiments in 1900 and refused payment, stating that his actions "were solely in the interest of humanity and the cause of science" nmanchesterhistory.org/li…
Athenian citizens were given a small payment to participate in democracy, just like jury duty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
The U.S. has issued a check to Cuba every year since 1903 to lease Guantanamo Bay, but Cuba has cashed only one payment. wikipedia.org/wiki/GuantÑ…
A hockey player name Ivan Tkachenko who died in a tragic plane crash in Russia was anonymously giving money to sick kids, and the last half-million ruble payment was transferred to a young cancer patient minutes before the plane take-off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Today I learned of Eben Grumpy of Iowa who was a little slow in paying John Sputter $30 he owed him. Sputter threatened to sue, so Grumpy painted a check on a door and dropped it on him from a third-story window next time he came over. A court ruled the door was legal payment. straightdope.com/columns/…
Britain only finally settled its World War II debts to the US and Canada in December 2006 making payments of $83.25m (Β£42.5m) to the US and US$22.7m (Β£11.6m) to Canada.bbb news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/62…
A man accepted a payment of €100 to have his forehead tattooed with the name of the groom of a stag party. theguardian.com/world/201…
Osiris, the Egyptian Lord of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead, is said to have invented beer and brewing. The ancient Egyptians made at least 24 types of wine and 17 types of beer. These beverages were used for pleasure, nutrition, rituals, medicine, and payments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
In 2016, 'Getty Images' sold some of the 100,000+ photos that had been donated, royalty-free, to the Library of Congress by the original photographer and Getty Images then demanded payment from the photographer, for using the photos she owned. She sued them (unsuccessfully) for over $1 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get…
A technology called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) allows you to pay with your phone at almost any payment terminal, as long as it (the terminal) has a card reader. MST works by creating a magnetic field around the device which emulates the magnetic stripe on your physical card en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Mitsubishi once offered "0–0–0" financing (0% down,0% interest,$0 in payments the first year). Initially, sales leapt, but many buyers defaulted at the end of the grace period, leaving Mitsubishi with used cars for which they had received no money and were now worth less than they cost to build. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Existing Canadian $1000, $500, and the rare $25 dollar bills lost their legal tender status in 2018, meaning they will no longer be accepted as payment in stores. But $1 and $2 bills replaced by coins decades ago are still legal 985thejewel.com/canadian-…
In 2008, Keanu Reeves was sued by paparazzo Alison Silva for allegedly hitting and injuring him with his car. During the 2 years before the trial, Silva repeatedly harassed Reeves for payment for the faked injury and eventually his case was turned down. today.com/popculture/jury…
During the heyday of Montparnasse (1910-1920), the proprietor of the CafΓ© La Rotonde would often accept drawings in lieu of payment from the quarters many poor artists. The walls were often crowded with drawings from the likes of Picasso, Modigliani, Foujita, and Nina Hammett. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Early Romans used salt as a form of payment. It is the origin of the word salary indiatoday.in/education-t…
In '03, Mitsubishi offered a "0-0-0" deal in the US which offered a new car for 0 down, 0% interest and 0 payments for a year. Many buyers defaulted after the year leaving Mitsubishi with used vehicles for which they'd received no money and which were now worth less than they cost to manufacture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Germany finished paying WWI reparations from the Treaty of Versailles in October 2010 with a final payment of 70 million euros to government and private banks in the US, France, and Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Theo Albrecht, co-founder of the discount store Aldi, negotiated his own ransom when he was kidnapped and held for 17 days; he later won tax relief on the ransom payment claiming it was a business expense. independent.co.uk/news/ob…
Germany made their final reparation payment for World War 1 on October 3rd, 2010 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
, in the early 1990s Willie Nelson had nearly all of his property confiscated and sold by the IRS, for payment of back taxes and fines. His famous guitar, named Trigger, was only saved from sale because his daughter smuggled it out of his Texas home and took it to Hawaii. theboot.com/willie-nelson…
Iran currently is the only country in the world that allows the sale of one's kidney for compensation (typically a payment); consequently, the country does not have either a waiting list or a shortage of available organs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
The CARD act, by regulating the fees that banks can charge and mandating that credit card bills clearly explain the costs of making only the minimum payment, saved credit card users more than $20bn a year between 2008 and 2012. pages.stern.nyu.edu/~jstr…
In the 1920s when public radio broadcasts began, stations would just play copyrighted music without paying the artists. Only after music publishers challenged them with copyright infringement did they start making royalty payments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AM_…
Britain incurred so much debt fighting World War II that it didn't make its final loan payment until 2006. nytimes.com/2006/12/28/bu…
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…
In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space; Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a small cash payment of several thousand dollars, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his payment for the murals ballooned into a 200 million dollar payoff. nytimes.com/2012/02/02/te…
The Power Rangers actors (despite it being a huge hit) were paid only $600 a week for their work on the show, which included stunt work and public appearances; none of the cast received any royalty payments from re-runs of episodes they appeared in. It brought 'em little financial security. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy…
Despite being surrounded by technology, Japan still uses cash as their main payment method. kbjanderson.com/life-in-j…
Boston's transit authority has a payment method called "CharlieCard" named after a poor man in a 1949 folk song who was stuck riding a train forever because he couldn't afford the 5-cent surcharge to exit it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.T…
In 1932, General Macarthur and then Major Patton Tear-Gassed WWI Veterans Calling Themselves The "Bonus Army." They Had Marched On Washington Demanding Full Payment For Their Service During WWI. 2 Vets Were Killed. Historians Claim That Without The Protest, There May Have Never Been A GI Bill. npr.org/2011/11/11/142224…
In 1980 the Supreme Court awarded the Sioux tribe 106 million dollars as compensation for land that was taken from them. The Sioux refused to accept the payment, and the money remains in the US Treasury to this day, accruing interest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned of the Native American "Shame Pole", a totem pole erected to embarrass people for not payment of debts or ridicule misdeeds. In 2007 one such pole was erected in Alaska depicting the CEO of Exxon to highlight an unpaid debt of $5m owed from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
The Louisiana Purchase was largely underwritten and facilitated by the London based bank Francis Baring & Co. Ironically the $3 million in gold down payment Baring arranged between the US and France was immediately allocated by Napoleon to finance his planned invasion of Great Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
In Singapore, elderly parents of 60 and over can sue their children for lack of support and maintenance, in the form of monthly allowances or a lump-sum payment under the Maintenance of Parents Act eresources.nlb.gov.sg/inf…
After the U.S. Civil War, the U.S. filed financial claims against Great Britain, claiming that their support for the Confederacy prolonged the war. One Senator demanded a payment of $2 billion, but offered that the U.K. could just turn over Canada as payment instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year. nytimes.com/2012/08/09/us…
Today I learned about Daniel Mendoza, a notorious English prizefighter and boxing champion from 1792-95, whose bout with his mentor was the first time spectators were charged an entry payment to a sporting event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In 2012, investigators discovered Wal-Mart de Mexico had bribed various government officials in order to increase growth in the country. They found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments totaling more than $24 million. Wal-Mart executives in the US tried to bury the matter. nyti.ms/I0ajdX
We are required to accept cash β€œfor all debts public and private”. Businesses can only refuse cash if they require payment before the service or merchandise is provided. Customers don’t owe the business a debt, until the service or merchandise is provided. theconversation.com/if-ca…
Today I learned of Jeonse, a housing rental system specific to KOREA where Instead of paying monthly rent to a landlord, a large lump sum payment ($300,000) is deposited into the landlord's bank account for 2 years of rent free living and returned to the renter after the 2 years korea-relocation.com/eng/…
Thomas Payne argued in a 1797 pamphlet for an estate tax to fund elderly pensions and a one-time payment when a person reached 21 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agr…
When paying taxes to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, they can't accept a single check for amounts of $100 million or more. You’ll need to spread the payment over 2 or more checks with each check made out for an amount less than $100 million irs.gov/instructions/i104…
β€” 7-Eleven is the only place the IRS allows taxpayers to pay their tax liability in cash. Payments are limited to $1,000 per day, cost $3.99 per payment, and only 34 states have participating 7-Eleven locations. irs.gov/payments/pay-with…
A 90 year old woman with no heirs signed a contract with a 47 year old lawyer giving him her apartment upon her death, but he had to pay her a monthly allowance until she died. She outlived him and his widow continued the payments. She received approximately double the value of the apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
In 1976, the NBA absorbed 4 teams from a rival league and paid others to shut down. One owner took a one-time payment of $3 million while the other took a portion of future TV earnings, later worth over $800 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
62% of bankruptcies in the US are due to medical bills. Almost 4/5ths of these people HAD health insurance but went bankrupted anyway because of co-payments, deductibles and uncovered services. Others got so sick that they lost their job and then lost their insurance. articles.cnn.com/2009-06-…
Massachusetts is the only state that requires businesses to accept cash for goods and services. Businesses in all other states are allowed to refuse cash payments, except in the case of paying debts. culinarylore.com/dining:i…
The lyrics of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" are officially credited to his childhood friend Vincent "Tata" Ford, who ran a soup kitchen in the Jamaican ghetto where Marley grew up. Marley gave Ford credit for writing the song so that the royalty payments could keep the soup kitchen open. rollingstone.com/music/li…
Today I learned of Key money. In Japan, it is a mandatory gift payment to the landlord that is often the same amount as the original deposit. However, reikin can be the equivalent of six months (or more) of rent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
Every resident of Alaska gets an annual "oil royalty check"--a payment representing their share of revenue from Alaskan oil. In 2008 the payout reached a high of $2,069, or $8,276 for a family of four. reuters.com/article/2014/…
Mobile Payments are huge in Somalia of all places blogs.worldbank.org/nasik…
Lexington Kentucky accepts canned food as payment for parking fines to feed the homeless. today.com/kindness/lexing…
Google avoided $2 billion in taxes in 2012, by transferring royalty payments from its Irish and Dutch subsidiaries to a Bermuda unit, which was simply headquartered in a local law firm. usatoday.com/story/tech/2…
Female serial killer Belle Gunness murdered up to 40 people (including her own children) then completely vanished with a small fortune in premarital gifts and insurance payments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
In 2015, 2 men escaped paying for their Β£140 (€195) taxi fare by bringing a mannequin wearing a hat with them into the car. After they both got out (leaving the mannequin) they told the cabbie where their "sleeping friend" lived and that he would settle up payment at the end of the journey. joe.ie/life-style/the-sto…
People in China cash so infrequently that panhandlers in the large cities have their own QR codes to accept payments. scmp.com/magazines/post-m…
Up until the 70s and 80s every competitor in the Olympics had to be an amateur, meaning they could not receive payment. Today, the only Olympic sports with no professional athletes are boxing and wrestling en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Nintendo's Mario is named after the landlord of the warehouse Nintendo was using as their American headquarters, the company had gotten behind in rent payment, prompting an angry visit from Mario, the developers subsequently immortalized him by renaming "Jumpman" to "Mario". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 2015, Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments (a credit card processing company), caused an uproar by paying his employees a minimum salary of $70k. He has been called everything from a socialist to a hero to a crusader. inc.com/amp/80935.html
In the 1500s, British sailors would receive rations of rum as partial payment. To ensure the rum wasn’t watered down, they would measure the proof by dousing gunpowder with it, & then test to see if the gunpowder would ignite. The gunpowder would only ignite if the rum was >57% alcohol by volume en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
In 2015, funk band Vulfpeck took advantage of Spotify's payment system and released a 5 minute album consisting of just silence called "Sleepify", told their fans to listen to it on repeat while they slept, and ended up making $20k which funded future album releases and tours. theguardian.com/music/201…

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