Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Friend Over $10,000 Bet That The Earth Was Flat
Friends are known to have some serious arguments from time to time. Whether you're arguing about politics, opposing footy teams, climate change or who should have won Love Island; it's perfectly natural to have a debate.
However, there are people out there who can get a little heated when they're arguing and it can lead to some pretty hectic consequences.
Take the fight between two New Zealand blokes, who have been friends since primary school.
Jamie Mathew Sutherland and Louie Lanz were enjoying a nice meal one night when the latter revealed himself to be a flat earther, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Sutherland, clearly blown away by the sudden admission, couldn't let the conversation go and it culminated in Lanz betting his friend $10,000 that he was right. Jamie leapt at the chance to earn 10 grand and the moment they shook hands, they both believed they were owed the money.
Lanz denied the earth was round and Sutherland refused to believe it was flat, so they were left in a stalemate.
Weeks later, the pair ran into each other at a petrol station and Sutherland reminded Lanz that he wanted his money.
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"He was starting to make threats in order for me to pay up," Lanz told a New Zealand court. "I believe I've won. I believe I'm right.
"It was kind of a joke for me - it was more of a 'I bet you $10,000 because I'm so sure I'm right'.
"I told him many times it was just a joke bet...the way I said it was in a joking manner; he just didn't take it that way.''
So they were again left in a stalemate.
More time passed and the pair bumped into each other again at a petrol station and this is where it escalated. Sutherland reminded Lanz that he needed to pay up, but obviously his friend refused.
''[He said] if you don't pay it I'll get a crossbow, I'll shoot you and your father, put you in the trunk and they'll never see you again," Lanz said.
Despite being friends for years, Lanz called the police and Sutherland ended up being charged with threatening to kill the tennis coach.
"When someone threatens to kill you with a crossbow it's quite concerning," Lanz added.
After a bit of back and forth in the Kiwi courtroom, Judge Farnan found there was no case to be heard and dismissed the charge. Both people agreed that they were no longer seeking money for their bet and they've moved on.
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