Quick recap: R&B producer/singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie, who at the age of 14 scored a 1600 on his SATs and graduated Harvard College at 19, was dumb enough to offer a vague $1 million reward to recover his stolen laptop.
Leslie was on tour in Cologne, Germany, in November 2010 when the computer went missing. He immediately posted a $20,000 reward, as this laptop contained all his music and files. When that didn’t work, he upped the reward to $1 million. Eventually someone found it, but the hard drive wouldn’t load, so he welched on his promise. The finder, Armin Augstein, then sued Leslie in federal court, because, you know, a $1 million reward is a $1 million reward — pay up. The jury was like, yeah, you owe that dude money.
The New York Post, as it often does, went all in:
So Leslie did this on the Long Island University campus in Brooklyn:
And a YouTube commenter on this video nailed it:
Dude, you lost. It sucks. The whole thing sucks. But it’s over. And burning newspapers ain’t the answer. Start a payment plan now.