Sunday, November 11, 2012

Woman scammed with $200 mirror instead of $800 iPad

People still haven't learned that old maxim "you get what you pay for." Jalonta Freeman of Arlington, Texas knows the truth of that old adage now.

As reported on Friday, Freeman was at a gas station, when suddenly a man drove up to her and offered her an $829 iPad for a mere $200. All right, we doubt he gave her the full amount, including the extra $29 (a 64GB iPad with cellular functionality is the top-of-the-line iPad, and sells for exactly $829). What a bargain, right?

Well, we'd never go for it. However, Freeman did. She also did so without taking a close look at the merchandise. "He was, like, OK, I gotta hurry up and go and stuff."

She looked at it later. It was actually a mirror. The back of the "iPad" looked vaguely like an iPad, but the front was covered by a piece of paper which, when pulled back, revealed nothing but a mirror.

Freeman told KXAS-TV (in the embedded video), "That's messed up. That's so wrong. I would never do anybody like that. Get a job."

Wait, Jalonta. This is the person's job. Haven't you ever seen the movie, "The Grifters?"

At any rate, this is not the first such scam that a would-be iPad owner has fallen for. Last year, at a South Carolina McDonald's, a woman thought she was buying an iPad, but instead ended up with a $180 piece of wood.

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