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Frank is going to buy a house

The real estate developer, Jim, warns him, there's a 30% chance your house will drop a lot in value in the next year.

Frank buys the house.

The value of his house drops a lot in the next year.

Frank tries to sue Jim.

You would call Frank a...

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A bad investor? – onomatomaniak Apr 17 '13 at 6:58
An Opportunist? – Mohit Apr 17 '13 at 7:49
How about 'human'? – Mitch Apr 17 '13 at 11:12
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You might somewhat metaphorically call such a person a sore loser.

Though there's no actual game being played in your example, there's a similar dynamic; someone accepts the rules of the game but isn't willing to accept the results when things turn out badly.

There's also the concept of buyer's remorse, but that's specific to regretting a purchase, while your question seems to be asking for a more general term.

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You may consider using these two adjectives

reckless — heedless of danger or the consequences of one’s actions; rash or impetuous

devil-may-care — cheerful and reckless

Oxford Dictionaries reference

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I'd say that definitely covers someone that accepts the risk. It's more the complaining about the bad outcome after the fact that I'm looking for. Thanks! – Neil McGuigan Apr 17 '13 at 18:45

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