I sent the states of NY and NJ and the Federal Gov’t checks for $5 and notes stating that the $5 was to buy the Statue of Liberty. They never responded to me, but they kept the $5.

I interpret this that they have ACCEPTED my offer of $5 for the Statue of Liberty since they kept the money. I took the ferry over there last weekend but the security guard had NEVER EVEN HEARD OF ME. Even though he was technically my employee. I raised such such hell I was physically removed from the premises and arrested. They dropped all charges though fortunately (even though I doubt they had a case against me).

I want my $15 plus interest and punitive damages. Where do I look for help?

BigRed: Your statement of facts raises several interesting questions:
1. Was there an offer and acceptance? Did their failure to return the $5 bill create an acceptance? Finally, how would writing the offer on a Post-It note (please note that “Post-It” is a trademark of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company) affect the validity of your offer?
2. Were you offering to buy the Statue of Liberty itself, meaning you would have to remove it to your own property, were you offering to buy the Statue with the land immediately underneath, or was the offer for Liberty Island? This question would affect whether this was an offer for real estate (covered by the statute of frauds) or for personal property.
3. Who would have authority to accept your offer? I would hope that the President cannot unilaterally sell something like the Statue of Liberty without obtaining the consent of the legislature.
I don’t believe you have grounds for punitive damages in this case. It would appear to be a contract dispute, which normally precludes punitive damages. Additionally, the actions of the parties that you claim to be at fault do not seem particularly egregious. Title had not actually transferred to you, so the validity of the actions of their employees would be unaffected even if your claim of offer and acceptance constituted a valid contract. Bear in mind, if you want to recover your entire $15, you will need to file separate lawsuits against each of the defendants, and each will probably need to be filed in a separate court. Since you may not be able to recover your legal costs even if you prevail in court, pursuing this matter may not be cost-effective. The next time I try to buy a famous landmark, I will make sure to send them a contract detailing all the points you mentioned. Thanks for your help.

Gabe: Okay, first of all, I think you need help. And since probably explaining it in a law term you’ll understand: Technically, you just sent 5 dollars to New York and New Jersey’s federal government. There was no legal papers stating, “I’m buying the Statue of Liberty.” Writing on a Post-It Note isn’t a legal paper.
And, honestly, how did you think the Statue of Liberty cost five dollars? Honestly!

Quirk: You did in fact own the Statue of Liberty. However, because you reneged on the taxes, care and maintenance fees, empolyee payroll, etc. it was repossessed about 0.012 seconds after the purchase.

ridge63: Go to your local mental health clinic and tell them what you have told us. I think you can get all the help you need there. Make sure there is no traffic coming before you cross the road.

Cindy: I hope they only let you out on weekends…..lol

Bopped: Sean Hannity will help you