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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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Paris Hilton

Well

She should have twigged

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Re: Well

I like your style, caller

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Coat

obvious question

is this crime being investigated by Special Branch?

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Facepalm

Groan

Groan

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Silly girl

Probably feels a bit of a plank now.

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Leave it out...

The girl's barking mad handing her money over like that. And to leave the thing in the trunk for all that time without looking to see? She wood have thought she was getting a treet out of that transaction. Hope they root out the perps and proseed to give them hard time for abusing this sap and taking the fruits of her labour!

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Re: Leave it out...

Unbeleafable! Take a bough dude

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obvious question

@Dave 64

obvious question #

Posted Wednesday 31st August 2011 13:03 GMT

Coat

is this crime being investigated by Special Branch?

No, the crime is being investigated by the woodentops

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Holmes

Oh Dear

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.

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u are a

that was treely clever. i could read that owl day long (owl - a tree based bird). i treely hope u get uprooted (ie upvoted). this message wood (will) now be trunkated (getit?)

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She did...

...when she tried to login.

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re:

C'mon, that's a downvote! :-P

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Photo of the offending iWood

http://gawker.com/5835890/woman-buys-a-block-of-wood-with-an-apple-logo-thinking-its-an-ipad

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Is she sure it's a fake?

I mean it doesn't play flash and it has angry birds (Well one South Carolinan angry bird).

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I agree with the author

She should just suck up the loss for stupidity.

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I'm impressed

That they went to so much trouble to make it look nothing like an actual iPad!

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Meh

How far has Apple fallen without Steve Jobs

Things will only get worse.

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Joke

Not far

from the tree?

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Coat

I bet she felt.....

a bit of a plank

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Pint

Well, at least they tried

B+ for effort. They painted wood and put an Apple logo on it.

Beats a box of rocks!

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I don´t need no stinking title

I thought it was the logo you payed for in the first place anyway.

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Go

Possibly

the perps are relying on that defence if they are caught, hence the extra effort.

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Could have been worse ...

... it might have worked, sort of.

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Legal requirement

You are licensed to run the software on one Apple-labelled device.

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It's Apple's latest prototype

Of the iPlank.

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Coat

And if she is pretty...

...iWood

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Coat

She must be barking for not checking it.

If she'd opened it up she'd have known straight away that it wooden work.

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Not the * she was expecting...

NOT the woodie she was expecting. Got wedged out of $300.

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Doh?!?

The scenario is excellent; South Carolina, McDonalds and a bargain..

A little like showing a herd of lemmings a cliff... there will be casualties...

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well..

i personally WOOD have checked in the box. Clearly this woman is as thick as two bargain ipads?

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Trollface

Value for money

It had an Apple logo on it, what more did she want anyway?

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Coat, Door, I know!

I hope she logged it with the correct authorities..

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iPlank

Can't do much with the wood. At least those buying laptops and getting potatoes instead means they could at least cook the potatoes.

Always open the box before you walk away and hand over the readies.

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A match made in woodworking heaven?

A wooden iPad for a complete blockhead...

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Is it at least Apple tree wood?

N/T

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Boffin

Without an Apple angle

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. :-)

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lol

Only in America.

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It's a new take on an old scam

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...

http://www.care2.com/causes/pastor-compares-atheists-to-terrorists-sex-offenders-suggests-national-registry.html

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Happy

It's older than that...

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! :)

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Stop

No

There are Apple idiots the world over... Most of them have yet to TWIG that they are part of a global con.

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Big Brother

You can run but you can't hide ..

..when Apple goes after them for breach of copyright.

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@PhilipN - Actually, there is no infraction...

The wood had square corners, not rounded ones...

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Logo

But is has Apple's logo on it! So that would really be a Trade mark violation which is usually much easier to make stick.

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Re: "You can run but you can't hide .."

"..when Apple goes after them for beech of copyright."

There FTFY.

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Yep

Especially if you use the right grade sand paper to give the paint a good keyed surface.

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not necessarily a trademark breach ...

... since it is not an electronic device.

They could even claim that it is just an indication of which kind of wood had been used.

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Devil

In other news

Apple begins patent lawsuit against two South Carolina men for the manufacture and distribution of replica iPads.

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speakers

Just a 2011 update to the 'psst..wanna buy some speakers' con that's been running for a long long time.

sucker and their money

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Dumb iGirl

This is a 'classic' scam, it was on The Real Hustle in the UK as the laptop scam. If you want to know how it works; re-read the article.

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Hang on.....

Have Apple phoned to ask for their prototype back?

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