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A Florida insurance agent is reporting an uptick in his “joke” alien abduction insurance business coinciding with the gone-viral planned raid on Storm Area 51 on Sept. 20, Movieweb.com reported on Wednesday.
Mike St. Lawrence has been operating The Alien Abduction & Casualty Insurance Co. out of his home in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and selling $20 policies since 1987. “People buy them for somebody else,” Mr. St. Lawrence told a reporter for The Palm Beach Post last year. “They usually just make themselves the beneficiary.”
Admitting he’s in the “humor” business, he offers up to $10 million policies. The fine print is chuckle-worthy: should a loved one be abducted by an alien and can verify it — presenting a signature from an "authorized onboard alien" to process the claim — beneficiaries will be paid $1 a year for the next 10 million years, according to Movieweb.com.
The joke isn’t on Mr. St. Lawrence, who told the news site that there’s been more interest in policies and business since nearly two million people signed up on Facebook to charge the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Actual business figures were not provided.
A 20-year-old insurance agent in Anchorage, Alaska, making $38,000 a year skips cable and a wi-fi connection in her apartment and her father pays her cellphone bill.