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Man gets paid with buckets of coins in settlement with insurance firm

Adriana's Insurance sends man 16-18 buckets of coins to pay lawsuit settlement of about $21,000

When Los Angeles-area resident Andres Carrasco reached a settlement with Adriana's Insurance, he expected a check, but instead received more than a dozen buckets containing at least $21,000 in coins.

Eight representatives with the insurance company delivered 16 to 18 paint buckets filled with quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies to Carrasco's attorney's office as part of a settlement that had to be paid by July 25.

"It's unfortunate that a business like that would use some of these tactics," said the attorney, Antonio Gallo.

Calls to Adriana's Insurance, based in Rancho Cucamonga, were not returned.

The settlement was the result of a 2012 lawsuit in which Carrasco alleged that an employee at the company assaulted him when he tried to purchase insurance, his attorney said.

Gallo initially thought the coin delivery was a joke, so he tried contacting the company for a check.

But he says the company told him they were not issuing a check.

Gallo said his client, a retired 76-year-old bus driver, "feels like he is disrespected."

The buckets of coins, he said, have been taken to the bank, where they are being counted.

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