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If your dog runs away, go ahead and offer a million bucks for its safe return. The legal system probably won't hold you to the exaggerated figure. But if you're a Grammy-nominated artist and producer who conceivably has a million bucks, then watch your words.
After losing his computer back in 2010 on a tour of Germany, Ryan Leslie posted a YouTube declaration: "In the interest of retrieving the invaluable intellectual property contained on his laptop & hard drive, Mr. Leslie has increased the reward offer from $20,000 USD to $1,000,000 USD." (The files included collaborations with Jay-Z and Kanye West.)
The auto shop owner who found and returned the laptop naturally expected to get rich, but Leslie tried to back out of the deal. And now a jury has ordered him to pay the man.
The good Samaritan/German told reporters, "I'm very happy ... that the American judicial system, which is so totally different from ours, functioned so well with a jury that are not professionals and are laymen." And he doesn't have too much sympathy for the musician: "No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder's fee."
For his part, Leslie tweeted:
"Ain't no way to get around ups & downs." Jury of my peers rules for the plaintiff. instagr.am/p/Sl3lrvhWqF/
— Ryan Leslie (@ryanleslie) November 28, 2012
To recoup the loss, he might want to check if Jay-Z and Kanye would be up for another group effort. Or he could try to find some rich person's dog.