She should have twigged
A young woman in South Carolina has had her dream of buying a brand-new shiny iPad in the car park of a McDonald's crushed by two swindlers, who left her with a wooden dud. The 22-year-old saw nothing suspicious in being approached by two men in the aforementioned car park nor in being offered an iPad for $300. Claiming they …
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Sadly things didn't blossom into the deliciously golden opportunity that she thought she was getting from the gentlemens' trunk, when arriving home and opening her discovery box it was then to her horror that she had been the victim of the granny smith con trick.
Watson, it leafs one green with rage.
I have a friend who, while traveling in China, was offered cheap harddisks on the street (as he was entering a taxi, actually). The units looked good, so being a homegrown hardware hacker with plenty of laptops in varying degrees of decay in his home lab he bought a few. He was quite amused when he got home and discovered that they were empty, apart from the power connector and a cheap fan, the noise from which could be mistaken for a powered harddisk. :-)
Plenty of folk have been caught out with the old 'potatoes in the laptop case' scam in this country too, so much as I hate to do it, I'll have to ask you to lay off our transatlantic cousins until you can find something else to mock them for. Not that it should be too hard...
The expression "Never buy a pig in a poke" shows a variant of this scam was practiced in "Merry Olde England" (where's the Gothic font El Reg?) back in the Middle Ages.
The stupid dupe bought what he thought was a piglet at McD's Market Stall... hands over the groats... Then the switcheroo... and he gets a cat in a poke (small sack) to take home.
Some scams never get old! :)
Sell it on eBay as a "limited edition Apple promotional cutting board" or something. Except Apple would sue her.
The moral of the story: if you're going to insist on buying hooky goods in a car park, at least make sure they're what they say they are before you hand over the notes.
If someone approaches you in a parking lot trying to sell you something, the only reasonable presumption (if you think the object is genuine) is that you're being offered stolen merchandise.
So, the woman thought she was participating in a crime when in fact she was simply the victim of a crime.
This is such an old scam, and usually the box will contain something mundane... What makes this all the more insulting however, is that they actually went to the trouble of painting the block of wood.
It's not as if the fact its painted helps the scam in any way, its blatantly obvious as soon as you open the box so why else would they do it other than to have a final laugh at the victim's expense?
Sounds more like a kindle(-ing).
I feel like we should now here John Cleese from the I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again era say "Good evening, here are the tree jokes" with a barrage of puns about how she was "board" but is now
"pining", the "beech", and complaining to her mother's father (known as "pawpaw") and she's seeing "red, bud" and I'll stop now.
Mine's the one with "Paul Bunyan" in the pocket
Shirley this is just a twist on the brick on the laptop bag scam - i.e. meet someone in a pub (or other busy place) selling a laptop. Takes the laptop out, shows it working, puts it back in the bag, switches for a phony in a matching bag and hands over the phony.
Nice twist putting the apple sticker on it though. Now the story is famous (published on a few geek sites, at least), she should sell it on e-bay. Better idea, I'll download a picture of a hot 24yo, get a chopping board and apple sticker and sell 'it' on e-bay myself.
You need to print out the picture of the fake iPad and stick that to chopping board. I mean, if you are going to make a fake fake (is a double negative a positive?) you have to do it right.
This might also protect you from Apple as it's not you that has copied their logo.
I have a hard time having any sympathy for the lady who was rooked. I mean, c'mon, man... an _iPad_ -- for $300? From two strangers in a goddamn' Mickey D's parking lot? Sounds like that gal got beat up with a stupid stick.
Reminds me of the industrial park where I worked at my first design job about thirty years ago; there were these two guys who cruised around the place every day around lunchtime, selling speakers and stereo gear out of a step van. Oh, yeah, man, fersure, it's real Kenwood, it's real Jensen, real Bose, honest, man, really.
...about fifteen years or so ago. Storage vendor Miniscribe, in deep trouble financially, was running short on stock and having trouble filling a large backlog of orders; they eventually resorted to putting bricks in boxes which were supposed to contain hard drives and shipping them to customers -- as if they actually believed they wouldn't be caught or called out on it. They filed for Chapter 7 shortly after this episode.
The headline in MacWeek was hilarious, a sort of implied cause and effect: "Miniscribe Ships Bricks, Seeks Protection".
No doubt Miniscribe's execs were "shipping bricks" after that...
Mom and dad had gone to Aspen a Poplar resort for the weekend so being quite a useless Beech and unable to cook she went with her friend Holly to macdonalds and had a Hickory smoked burger and pancakes with Maple syrup afterwards they smoked some Bush sitting under an Oak tree in the carpark and were approached by two guys and in Plane view of everyone in the restaurant sold them Knot an iPad but more an iBoard.
Not one to Pine on her losses she moved to Oaklahoma to stay with her Elder sister where she lost her Cherry and soon Driftwooded into petty crime and was arrested for Larcheny and selling 'ash ..........
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