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   Woman shocked that iPad she bought from guy in car at gas station for $200, turned out to be nothing but a mirror when she opened the box. At least she didn't buy a P-P-P-Powerbook

09 Nov 2012 10:56 AM   |   4280 clicks   |   NBC DFW
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AbbeySomeone     
Bonus: She runs to the media to tell the world what a dumbass victim she is.

09 Nov 2012 09:17 AM
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HST's Dead Carcass     
I used to see scams like this all the time all over Northern California. Guy in a rented van pulls up with tons of speakers for sale... CHEAP! He even let's you try out a pair right there in the parking lot, then sells you a closed box claiming these speakers are demos and scratched up and you don't want these ones, etc, etc.

For a mere $100, you get empty speaker cabinets with a cinderblock stuff in them!

09 Nov 2012 09:31 AM
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St_Francis_P     

AbbeySomeone: Bonus: She runs to the media to tell the world what a dumbass victim she is.


Yup. If I did something that dumb I don't think I'd tell everyone about it.

09 Nov 2012 09:35 AM
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2xhelix    [TotalFark]  
"If you turn it on the back, it actually looks like an Apple iPad," Freeman said

If you wore eyeglasses with actual lenses in them, you would have clearly seen that it's duct tape. Stoopid biatch.

09 Nov 2012 09:35 AM
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cman    [TotalFark]  
i3.kym-cdn.com

09 Nov 2012 10:13 AM
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Coco LaFemme     
A fool and their money are soon parted.

09 Nov 2012 10:20 AM
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Pud    [TotalFark]  

HST's Dead Carcass: I used to see scams like this all the time all over Northern California. Guy in a rented van pulls up with tons of speakers for sale... CHEAP! He even let's you try out a pair right there in the parking lot, then sells you a closed box claiming these speakers are demos and scratched up and you don't want these ones, etc, etc.

For a mere $100, you get empty speaker cabinets with a cinderblock stuff in them!


That actually happened to me in Virgina many many years ago. They took off when I started opening the boxes before paying. I got nice a pair of Cerwin Vega speaker cases for free which was nice. The bonus was that I put cheap ass speakers in them, and my friends would tell me they can really hear the difference between the Cerwin Vegas and my other off brand speakers.

09 Nov 2012 10:43 AM
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CygnusDarius     
Does it at least get wifi?.

09 Nov 2012 10:57 AM
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Prank Call of Cthulhu     
My god, look at the resolution on that display! It's like I'm looking into a mirror! Shut up and take my money!!!!

09 Nov 2012 11:01 AM
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Slaves2Darkness     
And the lesson here is don't buy stolen goods.

09 Nov 2012 11:01 AM
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BigBooper     
The link to the epic story behind the P-P-P-Powerbook legend
Link

If you haven't read it, I highly encourage you to take the time. You'll be happy you did.

09 Nov 2012 11:01 AM
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Great_Milenko     
So she's complaining that a person selling what would have to be stolen merchandise has ripped her off? Interesting.

09 Nov 2012 11:02 AM
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groppet     
Something shady turned out to be well shady.....GTFO!!!

09 Nov 2012 11:05 AM
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Rapmaster2000     
media.bestofmicro.com
I love the Power Glove. It's so bad.

09 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
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ideamaster     
the iTard 4.

09 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
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Tylak     
She seems like a nice person. I think she just learned a $200 lesson. And she didn't seem bitter.

09 Nov 2012 11:08 AM
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Hrist     
The speaker thing is hilarious. El cheapo speakers are pretty cheaply purchased retail and still do 80% of the sound quality of the higher end speakers. The truck speakers are usually a little more expensive than the el cheapos, but do the same job. So you usually only get ripped off a little instead of for the full value, ya know? Could be worse, it could be the old brick in a box swithceroos that these people are pulling. There was a guy here in Knoxville with PSPs...someone would let you try their PSP for sale out, it would work just fine and be brand new, they'd back it back in the box for you, switch boxes, take your $100, and you'd later open it up to find a brick. Of course he used his own apartment as the meeting place so he only did it a few times before someone came back with a gun when the police wouldn't do it themselves.

09 Nov 2012 11:10 AM
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uncleacid     
She should reflect on her stupidness.

09 Nov 2012 11:11 AM
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Jument     
"Don't buy nothing on the streets from nobody," she said.

English, muthafarker?

09 Nov 2012 11:12 AM
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Dear Jerk     
You have to know it's hot. It's clear who the victim is in this case, but which one is more despicable?

09 Nov 2012 11:14 AM
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telejester     
"Jalonta"

09 Nov 2012 11:14 AM
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grinding_journalist    [TotalFark]  

Pud: HST's Dead Carcass: I used to see scams like this all the time all over Northern California. Guy in a rented van pulls up with tons of speakers for sale... CHEAP! He even let's you try out a pair right there in the parking lot, then sells you a closed box claiming these speakers are demos and scratched up and you don't want these ones, etc, etc.

For a mere $100, you get empty speaker cabinets with a cinderblock stuff in them!

That actually happened to me in Virgina many many years ago. They took off when I started opening the boxes before paying. I got nice a pair of Cerwin Vega speaker cases for free which was nice. The bonus was that I put cheap ass speakers in them, and my friends would tell me they can really hear the difference between the Cerwin Vegas and my other off brand speakers.


I've had this happen to me a couple times in different cities- probably because I drive an obnoxious car, but w/e. My response, after they do their little spiel, is always the same: "I don't care how not stolen they are, I'm not interested."

"What...they aren't stolen? The hell man, I'm just trying to move some inventory..."

"Did you hear me? Do you understand English? I just said, "I don't care how "NOT STOLEN" they are, I'm not interested."

"They aren't stolen! I've got a manifest right here..."

"I'm calling the cops and telling them that someone is selling stolen stereo equipment at a gas station."

...and they speed away.

09 Nov 2012 11:17 AM
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xen0blue     
without even reading the article, i'm guessing there is a 99/100 percent chance she had a role in reelecting our president

09 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
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Bermuda59     
The hell with stocks and bonds, if you want to make money, buy some mirrors and head to Texas!

09 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
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Teknowaffle     
I worked support for a company that had the same name as a type of tv made in East Europe. We would get calls often from people looking for tech support for the TVs, not noticing that on our website we had nothing remotely resembling TVs, and I heard often "I bought one of ya'lls Teevees from a roadside vendor".

Who the fark is buying TVs from a roadside vendor? You buy peaches and corn from roadside vendors not TVs.

/Several people wanted me to call Eastern Europe and talk to the TV tech support for them. I kindly told them to fark off and die.

09 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
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JackieRabbit     
Silly girl. She should have done her research first. Had she, she'd have known that the $200 iPad can only run the mirror app. You gets what you pays for!

09 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
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PsyLord     
Ric Romero Protip: always check the goods out before you hand over the cash in a private sale.

09 Nov 2012 11:20 AM
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Mitrovarr     

Tylak: She seems like a nice person. I think she just learned a $200 lesson. And she didn't seem bitter.


Either she's not a nice person, or she's an idiot. Goods are not legitimately sold at extremely low prices out of the back of people's trunks at gas stations. She was trying to receive stolen goods (or at least didn't care if they were stolen or not) and instead she got robbed herself; rarely is karma so fast and effective.

09 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
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The_Sponge    [TotalFark]  
I've seen the steak scam attempted at a local gas station a couple of times.

/CSB.

09 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
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telejester     
I worked support for a company that had the same name as a type of tv made in East Europe. We would get calls often from people looking for tech support for the TVs, not noticing that on our website we had nothing remotely resembling TVs, and I heard often "I bought one of ya'lls Teevees from a roadside vendor".

Who the fark is buying TVs from a roadside vendor? You buy peaches and corn from roadside vendors not TVs.

/Several people wanted me to call Eastern Europe and talk to the TV tech support for them. I kindly told them to fark off and die.



I made a purchase from a "roadside vendor" once. Had to get penicillin the next day to clear it up.

09 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
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Eckyhade     
For an extra $600,000(what I lost) to $100,000,000 Mr. Corzine will let you play the futures market.
And this ashwipe still walks the streets!

09 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
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Delawheredad    [TotalFark]  
Years ago it was the television dodge. There would be an expensive television box with a small hole in it so that you could see the picture tube and know something was in the box. When you got it home from Shady Sam the Stealthy Salesman it turned out to be an old black and white, non functioning junker.

-- Same scam. Different millennium

09 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
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ernst_k     

xen0blue: without even reading the article, i'm guessing there is a 99/100 percent chance she had a role in reelecting our president


So a .99% chance? Not very high...

09 Nov 2012 11:24 AM
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Theaetetus    [TotalFark]  
An Arlington woman says that a new iPad she thought she had bought at a great price turned out to be a fake.

Jalonta Freeman said she bought the item from a stranger who approached her at a gas station near Highway 360 and Green Oaks.

"He pulled up beside us, and he was like, 'Hey, I've got some iPads and stuff, and I've got some laptops if you all are interested in buying,'" she said Wednesday.

He offered to sell a brand-new iPad worth $800 for just $200, Freeman said.

With Christmas coming up, she and her family thought it sounded like he was selling stolen goods, and they wanted a piece of that action. So they quickly looked around to make sure there were no witnesses, gave him the cash, and he quickly drove off, she said.

09 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
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rhiannon    [TotalFark]  
"That's so messed up," Freeman said. "That's so wrong. I would never do anybody like that. Get a job."

Pretty sure that is his job.

09 Nov 2012 11:27 AM
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Thank You Black Jesus!     
The ppppowerbook story almost made me wet my pants. Good stuff. Maximum trolling.

09 Nov 2012 11:28 AM
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The WindowLicker     

xen0blue: without even reading the article, i'm guessing there is a 99/100 percent chance she had a role in reelecting our president


You're right, Texas reliably goes blue in most presidential elections!

09 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
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YouPeopleAreCrazy     

HST's Dead Carcass: I used to see scams like this all the time all over Northern California. Guy in a rented van pulls up with tons of speakers for sale... CHEAP! He even let's you try out a pair right there in the parking lot, then sells you a closed box claiming these speakers are demos and scratched up and you don't want these ones, etc, etc.

For a mere $100, you get empty speaker cabinets with a cinderblock stuff in them!


Actually, those are (usually) real speakers. Just not worth the $3,000 he says they are. Maybe $50.
A few years ago, one of their distro locations was right around the corner from where I lived at the time. I got approached several times.

Wiki here
'For example, when bench tested by a member of the public, the Denmark Audio system was proven to be of very low quality, and was described as sounding like a "hornet's nest".'

09 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
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Eckyhade     

Mitrovarr: Tylak: She seems like a nice person. I think she just learned a $200 lesson. And she didn't seem bitter.

Either she's not a nice person, or she's an idiot. Goods are not legitimately sold at extremely low prices out of the back of people's trunks at gas stations. She was trying to receive stolen goods (or at least didn't care if they were stolen or not) and instead she got robbed herself; rarely is karma so fast and effective.


YES! correct. However, back in the late 60's and early 70's my uncle owned a dress factory in New York. He used to pay me $50 bucks to go down to the factory after hours and sleep until a truck arrived. The drivers used to count the dresses. Everytime they would claim between 7-10 dresses short. I would recount them. Still 1500 dresses. They would take a dress, fold it up, hang it inside another dress. Of course if you know the scam you can see the extra thickness. Then they would offer bribes of color TV's, suede jackets, $100 pool cues, $250 Italian shoes...
I didn't relent, my uncle started paying me $150 night to get the correct count. But I did buy some really nice leather jackets from those ashholes.
I am now a well respected and successful business man myself.
LESSON LEARNT

09 Nov 2012 11:33 AM
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talkertopc     
A girl I knew might not have noticed, she spent her time looking a glamour picture of herself and her computer wallpaper at work was also a modeling picture of herself.

09 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
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cig-mkr     
Who would think a brother would do that to a sista?
The duct tape around the edges should have given it away.

09 Nov 2012 11:38 AM
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Prank Call of Cthulhu     

xen0blue: without even reading the article, i'm guessing there is a 99/100 percent chance she had a role in reelecting our president


No, I thought the narrative was supposed to be that the folks re-electing Obama wanted "free stuff." $200 doesn't sound very free. Maybe someone needs to start an "Obamapad" meme, similar to the discredited "Obamaphone" one.

09 Nov 2012 11:39 AM
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trippdogg     
She's an idiot - I got the exact same iPad for $99.

09 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
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Hydra    [TotalFark]  

Jument: "Don't buy nothing on the streets from nobody," she said.

English, muthafarker?


Triple negative?

09 Nov 2012 11:41 AM
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Mrbogey     

Eckyhade: For an extra $600,000(what I lost) to $100,000,000 Mr. Corzine will let you play the futures market.
And this ashwipe still walks the streets!


It pays to have the entire US Gov't in your address book. More so after this past Tuesday.

09 Nov 2012 11:44 AM
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Parson1122     
Some of the best electronic equipment I have ever bought has been from someone at a gas station from the back of a car or van. Usually the stuff isn't in boxes and wires have been cut or ripped out. The if the price is right, I don't really care.

09 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
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2xhelix    [TotalFark]  
I can't believe that she's actually trying to defend her own stupidity in the comments section
i.imgur.com

09 Nov 2012 11:52 AM
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doubled99     
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2012-11-09 11:01:37 AM


And the lesson here is don't buy stolen goods.




I beg to differ. I get great deals occasionally. Black market. The real capitalism.

09 Nov 2012 11:57 AM
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madcan34     
It seems you just can't trust complete strangers selling popular electronic gadgets for prices too real to be true anymore.

What's the world coming to?

09 Nov 2012 12:01 PM
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doubled99     
Had to google the ppppowerbook thing as I had never heard of it. Amazing what some people think is "hilarious"


Cool story, bro.

09 Nov 2012 12:03 PM
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