That's right: when it came time for the Canada Revenue Agency to audit Leroux's business back in 1996, Leroux handed over all of his receipts and other records ... at which point someone at the CRA office promptly fed all of said records to the shredder.
Hilarious mistake, right? Well, it would be if the CRA didn't then turn right around and tell Leroux that, since he had no records of his business expenses (because, um, they'd all been shredded), he owed right around a million bucks in back taxes (a million of those cute widdle Canadian bucks, but still).
"Our treasury is run by Parker Brothers."
Leroux, of course, took the case to court. But -- as anyone who's ever fought one can testify -- court battles happen in some sort of reverse bullet time, and when the Business Development Bank of Canada got wind of Leroux's tax snafu in 2001 and demanded immediate repayment of a business loan he'd taken out, Leroux's finances toppled like freaking dominoes. He had to sell off his business, his home ... basically, everything he'd worked for his entire life.
Finally, in 2005, the CRA gave up the legal battle and reluctantly hit the switch to reset Leroux's tax bill to zero -- even though, by that time, he'd established that they actually owed him a $24,000 refund. And as for his house, his business, and everything else he had to give up? The assistant commissioner of the CRA summarized their position as such: "I believe we have been very fair and have in all respects provided the appropriate respect for his position and appropriate redress [by canceling the debt]. No compensation will be paid."
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"And he'll owe us 50 bucks to replace this mike I'm about to drop."