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A recently dumped Manhattan man is suing his ex-fiancée $30,000 for refusing to return the same-priced engagement ring that he personally had handcrafted for her.
Philip Langer, 45, and Ashley Jae Chesler, 43, became engaged a mere three months after a chance meeting at a New York bar in 2014, according to the initial New York Post report. Langer was so enamored with Ashley Jae that he dropped 30 grand on a fingernail-sized piece of jewelry meant to symbolize their special connection, which unsurprisingly came with this gaudy stat line: “a 2.53 carat diamond surrounded by 34 rubies and another 55 smaller diamonds.”
Consistent with every sensible adult’s logical hunch, ol’ girl Ashley Jae has definitely dug herself into quite the sticky legal predicament here. New York State Law actually outlines the protocol for events of such bizarre – did someone say “classless”? – nature:
“In New York, An engagement ring is considered a conditional gift, where the condition is that the marriage actually takes place. This means that if the marriage does not take place and the bachelor asks for the ring back, then the potential bride will most likely have to return the engagement ring to the bachelor.
It does not matter why the marriage did not occur. The courts do not consider ‘fault’ in determining that an engagement ring is to be returned.”
Translation: after this poorly-executed attempt of theft, Ashley Jae is officially screwed, inside and out. In addition to already having an alarmingly stripper-like name, it seems she has permanently ruined her reputation as a decent human being who’s capable of anything resembling a respectable long-term romantic relationship. Calling off weddings doesn’t get more tasteless than this.
More importantly, this upstanding female role model is likely facing a massive debt in her near future. If I were a betting man, I’d say that Ashley Jae came up with the profound idea of going to the most convenient pawn shop to exchange this glorious piece of jewelry for a few easy thousand bucks. I’m having trouble thinking of a motive for her to be so stubborn about this if I am wrong and she actually just wanted to keep the thing for the hell of it.
Watch out for this stud Philip Langer, though. As someone who lives in Manhattan and didn’t think twice about buying his short-term boo-thang an outrageously pricey ring, the dude is sure to be flushed with much more cash sure to woo countless other worthy bachelorettes. Take into account his Americanized Javier Bardem jawline-hair flow combination with his ripe age of 45, and it’s hard to imagine Philip losing any sleep over that tramp Ashley Jae.
Best of luck to Philip in his Manhattan bar escapades this upcoming weekend. We’re all pulling for you. .
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