In economics, there is a term called 'moral hazard' which says that people who make mistakes should suffer the effects of said mistakes.
Believers in moral hazard would probably think that anyone who puts their home and their entire life savings on Aston Villa beating Arsenal in an FA Cup Final deserves to be without both their home and their life savings.
Others take a more soft-hearted view.
It's two days since David Blackmore tweeted that extraordinary exchange with an Aston Villa fan who, on the words of a psychic, decided to place his home and his entire life savings on Villa winning the Cup.
Just met an Aston Villa fan on the Tube. He was told by a psychic to put his home and life savings on his team winning. He has. Unbelievable
— David Blackmore (@DavidBlackm0re) May 29, 2015
Assuming (and we're disposed to regard this as a big assumption) that this man wasn't taking the piss, he is probably enduring the worst couple of days of his life. Eager to embrace the veracity of this tale, the internet is currently fretting about the fate of this man.
Thoughts go out to the Villa fan who put his house and life savings on Villa to win today... Ouch — Ryan (@_rynorman) May 30, 2015
Has anyone heard from the villa fan who put his house and life savings on a win off the back of speaking to a clairvoyant? Silly sausage!
— Paul Slater (@SlatePaul) May 30, 2015
I hope that Villa fan who's bet his life savings and house is ok.
— renato (@tw14renato) May 30, 2015
Friendly reminder there is an Aston Villa fan who literally put every penny he owns, including his life savings, on them winning today.
— ..... (@MercyRuled) May 30, 2015