Could Harold Camping be sued for promissory estoppel?

I thought this was an interesting concept. If someone lived the last few weeks as if it were really their last, neglected bills, ran up debt, etc. based on the promises or as he put it "guarantee" that the world would end on the 21st. Obviously, it didn't, so in this hypothetical scenario where someone relied on the promise of another, could he be held liable for promissory estoppel?

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  • Huh?
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    9 years ago
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    Promissory estoppel involves a contract. Believing Camping doesn't mean he entered into a contract.

  • 9 years ago

    eh, I guess it's possible. But that person would look bad because they're the ones that decided to do it. Now, if Harold Camping TOLD us, that we should do as you said (neglect bills, run up debt, etc) then Yes, he can be sued, and they will probably win. But since he didn't they can sue, but they probably wouldn't win.

    But he should be arrested for scaring half of americans as much as he did.

    PS - It's 6:54... He's so dumb.

  • 9 years ago

    One of the elements of promissory estoppel is "reasonable reliance." There may be reliance in this scenario, but there is nothing "reasonable" about relying on this nutjob.

  • No. In the first place, there was no contractual relationship between Mr Camping and anyone foolish enough to belief his fantasy.

    More importantly, the religious aspect of the issue makes it impossible for anyone to sue for anything. He has broken no laws, including tort law, because no such laws apply in a religious context.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No, it's not illegal to be stupid enough to believe a false prophet. Other wise we'd have to let the dopeheads out of jail to make room for them.

  • 9 years ago

    You cannot sue someone because of your own stupidity.

  • 9 years ago

    It was your choice to believe that idiot.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    God, I hope so!

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