The Reel Life: Wooden iPad edition
1 Sep 2011
According to the New York Daily News, a woman in South Carolina who thought she was buying an iPad in a McDonald's parking lot was in fact buying a block of wood with the Apple logo glued onto it. Ashley McDowell told police officers she was in the parking lot when two men approached her and offered to sell her an iPad.
The men were asking for $300, well below the $499 list price. The woman said she only had $180. The two men immediately lowered their asking price and took McDowell's money. They then gave her a FedEx box with the iPad in it.
It was only when she got home and opened the box did she realize she got scammed. According to the Daily News, "the scammers painted the 'screen,'" framed it with black tape, and then pasted on replica iPad icons for a web browser, email inbox and photo gallery. They also slapped on a fake Best Buy sales ticket, according to the police report.
Let that be a lesson to all you prospective iPad buyers. If you were thinking of buying one of these tablet computers in a fast food parking lot, make sure it's not a McDonald's. A Burger King or a Wendy's is a much safer bet.
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