Florida man sued for not paying up after betting on Trump

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – A friendly $ 100 bet on the 2020 presidential election has landed in a Florida small claims court.

Ahead of the election, Sean Hynes, a Trump supporter from St. Petersburg, contacted Jeffrey Costa, an acquaintance who is a Biden supporter from Atlanta. The deal was sealed on Facebook Messenger: If Trump wins, Costa would pay $ 100. If Biden won, Hynes would pay.

But after the votes were counted, Hynes refused to recognize the Democrat’s victory, even after the recounts, the Supreme Court’s rejection of court challenges and the Electoral College’s confirmation, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Costa, 50, decided to continue. He claims $ 100, plus $ 250 in court costs and $ 300 in interest on the unpaid bet. He is representing himself in the action, filed Dec. 28 in Pinellas County Small Claims Court.

“You have to have the integrity of your principles to follow through on what you have proposed,” Costa told the newspaper.

Costa first messaged Hynes on November 7, the day after the election was called in favor of Biden, asking for money.

“Brother, elections are determined by the courts, not by the networks,” Hynes replied. The two continued to argue back and forth.

“It’s not regulated by law, Sean,” Costa said. “Trump is mathematically eliminated. P

When Costa told Hynes in December that he planned to sue for the money, Hynes defused him on Facebook, the newspaper reported.

Hynes did not respond to the diary Facebook message.

For Costa, the lawsuit isn’t just about money.

If Hynes had been willing to pay the bet, he would be willing to drop the case. Hynes didn’t.

“I also felt that if you are going to live in a post-fact world, there are consequences to that,” he said.

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