He has since issued a statement
Apologizing and hopes to rebuild his life..
brick by brick!
A former SAP vice president has struck a plea deal with prosecutors after he was caught running a side business selling Lego kits purchased using home-made barcodes. Thomas Langenbach, a former VP of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, was caught by store detectives at a local Target after he was observed sticking a new barcode on a Star …
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Ok, scoring some high dollar Lego kit for cheap then reselling, I can understand that. But why risk your scam and more charges over a shitty $49 child's push scooter and dish soap?
What strikes me as really odd is that since the bar codes aren't universal in size he seems to have printed them up specifically for the scooter and soap... I wonder if he's got a mental disorder and he just has to steal?
definitely seems like there are a few cogs loose in that head. Are you really going to start a black market lego's ring when you are most likely making good money as a VP at SAP if you are completely sane? This is beyond just taking the odd BIC pen, but actually creating black market bar codes wholesale. This sounds like something out of a Coen brothers movie.
Nah - Just Business as Usual:
Looting and Fraud brands one as a "key performer", once the "high performing" frauds are in management, it becomes a viable business model and when copied everywhere, the fraud becomes so high a percentage of GDP that no one really can be prosecuted.
But .... The legal immunity only works for corporations, not individuals! Individuals supposedly have morals so they are held responsible.
But this trove wasn't considered in Langenbach's plea bargain, nor were the 194 items he had listed on eBay at the time of his arrest, since the police couldn't prove that the items were fraudulently purchased.
Did it not occur to the police to check the boxes in his house for home-made bar codes? That would be a dead giveaway that the items were fraudulently purchased.
Maybe it's time for a new Idiot Of The Month award given to the best of the best idiotic moves made by IT personnel worldwide in a given time period and of course a yearly ceremony / celebration with vast amounts of beer for the top idiot . This one is at least worthy of the Idiot of the Month and i nominate the fella .
What a stupid jerk :)
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