Penny Black's Insurance Week - 11 June

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Penny does her best not to laugh at the misfortune of others during the course of the normal working day -she wasn't raised in a barn - but there have been a few notable exceptions.

One such instance involved meeting a company that specialises in jewellery claims, which we all know can be full of fraudulent claims. They told a cautionary tale for any husbands trying to score brownie points with wives by purchasing expensive earrings - a strategy Penny is wholeheartedly supportive of, for the record, one can never have too many diamonds.

In this instance, the company was dealing with a frantic wife who had misplaced an earring and was desperate to keep the fact from her husband.

However, as part of the claims process the company needed to examine the surviving piece and then had the unenviable task of telling the poor woman that the missing £140 earring she had been fretting over was actually half of a pair sold for £14 and the husband had fiddled with the receipt. Penny hopes that the husband has since made amends for the blunder.

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