Do Not Promise a $1 Million Reward With No Intention of Paying Up

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Offering a $1 million reward for the return of a stolen laptop and hard drive may seem insane in retrospect, but there are no take-backs. Singer/producer Ryan Leslie (who is not primarily a "rapper," despite what the New York Post would have you believe) has been ordered by a Manhattan court to pony up the insane prize he offered in a 2010 YouTube video, after his computer disappeared in Germany. "I'm very happy ... that the American judicial system, which is so totally different from ours, functioned so well with a jury that are not professionals and are laymen," said the European man who got back the computer but was never paid. "No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder's fee." After the verdict, Leslie tweeted, "'Ain't no way to get around ups & downs.' Jury of my peers rules for the plaintiff." But it was probably worth a shot?