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Old 08-19-05, 11:24 PM
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Woman Blames Newspaper Typo For Theft

Ad In Lawrence, Kan., Paper Had Wrong Address
UPDATED: 3:39 pm EDT August 2, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A Kansas woman who had her possessions stolen blames the city's newspaper.

Kris Bryan said the Lawrence Journal-World printed a mistake in a street address, causing her apartment to be cleaned out by thieves, reported KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo.

Bryan said she returned home after work one day and saw strangers loading up her belongings into their vehicle. When she asked what they were doing, they showed her a classified ad in the newspaper. The public notice stated that all things at 1319 Tennessee St., Apt. 3, would be thrown away if unclaimed.

"It was just a real shock," Bryan said. "I was freaking out. I told them that's my apartment -- there's been some mistake."

It was a one-digit mistake -- the newspaper ad should have read 1339 Tennessee St., the television station reported. The ad was placed because a woman in that home passed away and no one had claimed her belongings.

Bryan said the people she confronted returned her things, but her TV, DVD player, movies, furniture and a 7-week-old kitten had already been taken from her apartment.

"I was crying, bawling," Bryan said.

She said she wants the newspaper to pay $3,500 for the stolen items, but that can't replace her lost kitten.

"Sometimes you can't get away with your mistake, especially when someone gets hurt because of them," Bryan said.
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Old 08-19-05, 11:28 PM
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That was some time ago already. Did the news paper pay up?
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The only thing I'm wondering is how they got into her apartment. Did she just leave her door unlocked, or did they bust down the door looking for the free loot? Either way though, I think the newspaper needs to pay her. I'm not sure if they'd be legally responsible or not, but just for the sake of maintaining their credibility and journalistic integrity and all that they should do it.
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Old 08-19-05, 11:57 PM
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That was some time ago already. Did the news paper pay up?
the paper settled, but I cannot find any mention on their website

The Journal-World's chief operating officer, Ralph Gage, said the matter has been settled though he would not elaborate on the terms.

"We made a mistake in a legal ad," he said. "It's totally settled to the satisfaction of all parties."
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Old 08-20-05, 01:52 AM
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Wait wait wait...how did they get in? And they stole her kitten?
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Old 08-20-05, 02:24 AM
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I would have asked for more than 3,500.
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Old 08-20-05, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by spainlinx0
I would have asked for more than 3,500.
Free Sunday paper for life?
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Old 08-20-05, 08:20 AM
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I hope all you otters notice what happens when you leave the house.
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Old 08-20-05, 08:33 AM
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Is a 7 week old kitten old enough to be away from it's mother? Man, that's rough. I can't blame her for crying. TV, movies, DVD player and especially your new pet gone!!!! That's rough.
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Old 08-20-05, 08:46 AM
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Couldn't the people that took the stuff be charged with breaking and entering and burglary? Just because something is posted in a newspaper does not legalize that.

Sounds like she should have called the police before calling the newspaper.
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Did she get the cat back?!?!?

After this was publicised, you would think so!
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It could be worse. A woman could cut off your penis while you're sleeping and toss it out the window of a moving car.
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I agree with Thor on the cat.
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It could be worse. A woman could cut off your penis while you're sleeping and toss it out the window of a moving car.
Yeah, there's always that.
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