Man seeks R227k from Apple because ‘an iPhone app turned him gay’

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A man from Russia has taken legal action against global cellphone manufacturer Apple for apparently turning him gay, AFP reports.

The man, identified as D Razumilov, claims an iPhone app drove him into trying out a gay relationship that he now regrets.

He reportedly wants Apple to pay him $15,000 (about R227,000) as compensation for “moral and mental harm.”


Razumilov says he ordered Bitcoin recently, but received another cryptocurrency called “GayCoin” through the iPhone app.

He claims his GayCoin delivery came with a note that said, “Don’t judge until you try.” Hilariously, he claims this compelled him to start a gay relationship with another man.

Now I have a boyfriend and I do not know how to explain this to my parents… my life has been changed for the worse and will never become normal again.

D Razumilov

Razumilov believes Apple “manipulated” him and should therefore be made to pay him compensation.

According to reports, Apple has not yet reacted to the lawsuit. The matter is set to be heard on 17 October in a Moscow court.

Some more hilarious lawsuits

The world isn’t short of hilarious lawsuits as Razumilov ably demonstrates. He probably took some notes from others before him.

In 2006, a US man sought a whopping $416 million (R6.3 billion) from basketball legend Michael Jordan because Jordan resembled him.

Allen Heckard claimed this resemblance caused him “defamation and emotional distress.” Not surprisingly, he withdrew the case before the hearing.

Another funny lawsuit involved a prison inmate in Virginia, United States. He reportedly sued himself for a staggering $5 million (R75 million).

Reason? He had violated his own civil rights by getting himself into prison.

Even more hilariously, he expected the government to pay the damages because he had no income of his own.

Finally, in 2016, a man in California sought damages from Starbucks for adding ice in its cold beverages.

He claimed this amounted to “misrepresentation” to Starbucks customers and therefore fraud. He lost the case.

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