Here is Why You Don't Offer a $1 Million Reward Unless You Really Mean It

Because someone will sue you, and you'll be forced to pay it.

Musicians are petrified of their songs being leaked to the Internet, so a lot of them store demos or completed songs solely on their personal devices — phones, computers etc. This presented a problem for singer/songwriter/rapper Ryan Leslie, who had his laptop stolen while he was on tour in Cologne, Germany in Nov. 2010. In order to get his laptop back, Leslie first offered $20,000 but then soon increased the offer to $1 million. What a terrible negotiator (with himself)! Here's the short video where he makes the $1 million offer, in writing no less.

So, naturally, a German guy named Armin Augstein found the laptop and soon heard of the $1 million reward. Leslie was all, "Hahaha, sure, one million dollars, yep," but Augstein was like, "No, seriously, you owe me a million dollars," and sued him in Manhattan federal court like any person would after being told they'd get a million bucks simply for stumbling upon some random laptop.

Well, yesterday a jury decided in favor of Augstein, meaning Leslie will have to pay him the full reward. Also, Ryan Leslie has a million dollars to spend apparently, which is a lot of money for someone who once wrote a Cassie song. (Amazing song, OBVIOUSLY, but still.)

So, there you have it. Next time you lose something, don't offer to pay someone $1 million dollars for it. A nice crisp $20 usually suffices, if not, go from there in small increments until you and the other party can come to an agreement. And if you're a millionaire musician, store your music in various places so that you can just buy a new laptop instead of forking over a million bucks!

[via NY Post]