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Man Forced to Eat Own Beard in Financial Transaction Gone Awry

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Tomorrow, sentences will be handed down in a case that illustrates just how concerned Americans are about their financial situations.

Harvey Westmoreland and his brother of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, were involved in a simple deal to sell a riding lawnmower to two friends, Troy Holt and James Hill.

But Holt decided at the last minute that he was being ripped off.

"Troy offered to buy it from me for $250. I paid $20 for it. He thought I was trying to cheat him," Westmoreland said. "One thing led to another, and before I knew it, there were knives and guns and everything just went haywire."

"Haywire" may be understating the case by half, in light of what happened next.

"They cut my beard and forced me to eat it," Westmoreland told reporters.

Holt and Hill were arrested and pleaded guilty. They are expected to be fined and sentenced to supervision diversion.

No word on exactly how the pair managed to shave Westmoreland, however, as knives and guns were involved in the dispute, who's to say a Gillette Mach III wasn't part of the attackers' arsenal, as well?
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