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How to make $180,000 for 3 weeks unskilled work



PHILADELPHIA (Reuters Life!) - A U.S. college student imprisoned for three weeks for trying to take flour-filled condoms onto an airplane has settled her lawsuit against Philadelphia for $180,000, a city spokesman said on Friday.

Janet Lee, 21, a student at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport in 2003 after police and security officials thought the flour was an illegal drug.
She was held in Philadelphia on drug-trafficking charges and released only when tests proved the substance in the three condoms was flour.
The condoms, which are sometimes used to smuggle drugs, were a joke among the students, and Lee was taking them home to Los Angeles.

Her civil rights case against Philadelphia, which had been set to go to trial on Thursday, was settled for $180,000, said Ted Qualli, spokesman for Philadelphia Mayor John Street.
Some of these sums are ridiculous.
The problem is that there is an element of punishment inthem, the person being sued must pay for their misdemeanor.
IMHO the done-wrong-to should get a reasonable sum, the rest should go to the state or to charity. This would discourage a lot of people from suing as they would not get a lifestyle-changing sum.
the problem with this ever being done is that the lawyers would lose out cos of the decrease in the number of cases, so they would make sure it didn't happen.
One of the many raesons to have a dictator in charge (as long as its me and not Moo-gar-by)
it is a risk though, how can you trust the substance would not suddenly change from cornflour to class A somewhere along the line to further a career.
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