ST. PETERSBURG — Saji Mathew missed the Oct. 12 mortgage payment on the Mobil gas station he co-owns.
On Oct. 13, he took the money to the bank, thinking that would make things right.
He tried to make his November and December payments as well. But each time, BB&T kicked back his money.
Ten months later, Mathew is still trying to pay. In circuit court on Tuesday, he offered BB&T $50,000, the total amount due since October.
BB&T didn't want the money.
It wants the gas station.
"They won't take my money,'' said Mathew. "I want them to take it. I was one day behind paying the mortgage."
BB&T's stance flabbergasted the judge in the case.