Friday Weisblog: Grand Theft XBOX

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off that ol’ Lone Ranger and … You don’t mess with 21-year-old Jesse Maiman’s video game system!

While the real Jim Croce song doesn’t really end that way, the fact is that Jesse doesn’t play when it comes to his XBOX.xbox

Seems that Maiman took his system onboard a US Airways flight recently, and when the plane landed he discovered it missing from his baggage. He reported it missing, and according to him it began an “unconscionable run-around” from the airline.

So he did what any rational-thinking 21-year-old would do. He filed suit in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. He’s asking for $1,700 for the lost XBOX, plus another extra $1 million – the maximum amount of damages the law allows.

When asked to comment, a US Airways spokesperson said they didn’t know about Jesse’s lawsuit, but there is a government limit of $3,300 per bag.

OK, Jess … I have a few problems with this. First, the XBOX is soooo 1999 … how in the world did you arrive at a figure of $1,700 – even if it’s really an XBOX 360 (the article wasn’t specific)? It didn’t even cost that much when it was new! Second, the “one million dollars” (say it in your best Dr. Evil voice) he’s asking for in damages, well, that must’ve been one heck of an “unconscionable” series of events by US Airways.

Get a life, Jesse. Or at least get a PS3 or whatever it is the kids play with these days.

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