Bizarre insurance claim stories have long been a source of material for comedians, but the reality is often stranger than fiction. RIAS has recently released a list of their most bizarre claims they have received.
According to RIAS ,"Every year we are handling thousands of insurance claims from customers relating to damage to their property caused by all sorts of accidents. All the claims are dealt with seriously and professionally, though some tend to stand out more than others...".
Here are the top ten most bizarre claims from the past year:
In Slough a 3 year-old dog had his dream of a refreshing swim cut short when it turned out that the pool was in fact just a picture on a TV. Unfortunately, the dog didn’t realise this until it was too late, causing over £250 of damage.
Real life angry birds
A pigeon in Northampton was apparently trying to achieve a new highest score when it catapulted a vase off a bathroom windowsill into the toilet. Cracking the toilet bowl to the tune of £193. Unfortunatley we don't know how many points the pigeon got.
His goose was cooked
Trying to cook a whole goose on a barbecue is not something many people have attempted, and a claimant in Enfield may have discovered a reason why. Not only was the goose cooked, but so was the barbecue which melted. This little experiment ended up causing over £1,300 of damage.
The dragon’s wrath
In another pet related incident, a claimant from Belfast was busy cleaning the vivarium of their bearded dragon, when the animal decided he wasn't happy. It retaliated by biting its owner, causing the man to jump backwards causing some collateral damage to a television to the tune of £400.
Two for joy?
Magpies can also cause trouble, as was the case with a pair battling in Kilmarnock. £440 worth of damage was inflicted on a conservatory when their battle caused them to crash through it.
Children are another common source of accidental damage around the home, as a Motherwell resident discovered. One of the little darlings decided to launch a shoe at their sibling, but the shoe ended up in the television.
Many dog owners will be familiar with their pet’s enthusiastic reaction to the sound of the doorbell. A man from Carlisle was reminded of this when sat with a cup of tea and a laptop on his knees, which his dog decided to use as a springboard. A spilled cup of tea and £470 of broken computer were left in its wake.
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