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A sign posted to a utility pole at the corner of Taylor Street and Brooklyn Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The sign says Robert Klemm $1.5 Million Owed by his corporation for 40 years.


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$1.5 Million Owed For 40 Years

In the summer of 2008, signs like this appeared all over the city of Fort Wayne. They were nailed to utility poles and taped to traffic light control boxes, and there were A LOT of them.

Fort Wayne is a big city, with 250,000 people spread out over a pretty large land area. I saw these signs everywhere. Someone spent a lot of time and money making and posting signs to complain about a 40 year old debt! I can't imagine holding a grudge over money that long, even for 1.5 million dollars!

I have never been able to find any information about who Robert Klemm is, or who he owes 1.5 million to, or why someone is still pursuing it after 40 years. None of the signs said who the money was supposedly owed to.

These signs are one of those curious unexplainable things that pop up in big cities every once in a while! This sign was on a light pole at the corner of Taylor Street and Brooklyn Avenue on Fort Wayne's west side.





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