Man gives the finger to ex with 12-foot garden statue


Finger statue

Alan Markovitz has little truck with the usual advice to hide your animosity from the children after a divorce.

The Michigan man has bought the house next door to his ex-wife and her daughter - and erected a giant statue giving her the finger. The 12-foot-high statue, which cost $7,000, is even spotlit at night.

Markovitz, according to Deadline Detroit, is angry because his marriage broke down after his then wife, Lea Tuohy, had an affair with the man she now lives with. I'm so over her," he told the paper, adding: "This is about him. This is about him not being a man."

He claims that a property agent showed him the house by pure coincidence, but that 'karma' then took over.

The move hasn't impressed his ex-wife's daughter, Lenka Tuohy. "How psychotic do you have to be to buy the house directly next to your ex wife and then put a statue up like that?!?!" she asks on Twitter. "Real classy alan."

The desire to get one's own back post-divorce is a strong one - just look at economist Vicky Pryce, who earlier this year was jailed after shopping her former cabinet minister husband Chris Huhne for evading speeding points.

Like Markovitz's, many acts of vengeance are focused on humiliation. In one of the most famous examples, back in 1992, Lady Sarah Graham-Moon revenged herself on her husband Peter by pouring paint over his BMW, chopping the sleeves off three cashmere coats and 32 bespoke suits, and leaving the contents of his wine cellar on the neighbours' doorsteps along with the milk.

As post-divorce revenge goes, both of these are comparatively mild examples. Cambodian man Moeun Sarim, responded to his wife's infidelity by cutting the entire house in half and taking 'his' portion away. And, back in 2009, US doctor Richard Batista even tried to demand the return of the kidney he'd donated to save his wife's life - thankfully, the judge refused.

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