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Florida Man to ‘Sublet’ Last Name for a Year

Laura Evans Photography/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- What’s in a name?  Potentially, a lot of money.

That’s what Jason Sadler believes, and it’s the reason he is auctioning off his last name at the aptly named website  The 30-year-old founder of is “subletting” his name to the highest bidder for a whole year.

So what gives?  Is Sadler just sick of his last name, or is this all a shameless publicity stunt?

Both, actually -- along with a mini identity crisis.

“Throughout my life, I’ve had three separate last names, none of which have carried any real meaning for me or my sense of identity,” Sadler writes on his website.  ”Though I’m incredibly close with the members of my family, I’ve never gotten my sense of self from any family lineage or last name.  Instead, my sense of self has come from the hard work I’ve put in to building my company.”

So when his mother told him earlier this year that she was divorcing his stepfather, Sadler laughed and said, “Now I’ve got to change my last name, too!”

He was joking -- sort of.  But then he and his colleagues at I Wear Your Shirt, a marketing firm in Jacksonville, Fla., were brainstorming ways to get more exposure.  And then it hit him.  

”I want to change my name anyway,” he told ABC News.  “Let’s see what the world picks for me.”

On Nov. 1, Sadler launched his website, with bidding set at $0.  To date, 22 companies have placed a bid, with a high of $34,500 by JLabAudio.  

After the auction, which ends Dec. 12 at midnight, Sadler will legally change his name in the state of Florida, and on his Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts.  Under the terms and conditions, Sadler is only requiring a 25 percent down payment, with the remaining 75 percent to be paid by Jan. 2, 2013.

“I’m going to buy a domain for whatever my new last name is,” he said.  “That will be my new personal blog for the next year.”  He will also use the new name as his byline for various articles and blog posts.

Sadler said he would invest the profits of his name change into his company, with 10 percent going to the charity Cheerful Givers, which provides birthday gift bags to disadvantaged children.

And when the year is up, who knows?

“I’m not going to change it back to Sadler.  I’ll either pick a random last name or put it up for auction,” he said.  “I really haven’t thought about it yet.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


B of A Rejects Checks from Bride Who Kept Last Name

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- A newlywed couple in Albany, N.Y., ran into everything but a honeymoon when Bank of America refused to let a bride who kept her last name cash their gift checks.

Pete Iorizzo, news and sports writer for the Albany Times-Union newspaper, and his wife received some checks as wedding gifts made out to “Mr. and Mrs. Peter Iorizzo.”

Iorizzo said he endorsed the checks, specified “for deposit only” on them and gave them to his wife to deposit into their joint account.

After she went to a local Bank of America branch and handed them to a teller, he said she was denied.

The bank said there was no way around the dilemma, even rejecting their offer for a copy of their marriage license, according to Iorizzo.

He said one bank employee even said, “Mrs. Peter Iorizzo does not exist.” The couple was told their checks were void and they would have to request new checks from their guests.

A spokeswoman for Bank of America said she could not discuss customer accounts.

Iorizzo said he called the bank the following day and spoke to an assistant manager and then a manager who gave them the same answer. The manager said a family member also chose not to change her name but requested that anyone writing a check as a gift make it out to “Cash.”

The problem was eventually worked around after two days and frustrating phone calls when his wife drove to another branch and cashed the checks without incident, he said. That teller noticed the checks were from a wedding and said, “Congratulations.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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