A fool and his money are soon parted, said poet Thomas Tusser in 1557.
Thanks to those who shop for electronics in McDonald’s parking lots, that idiom holds true today.
The Smoking Gun provides the details: Ashley McDowell, from Spartanburg, S.C., was at the fast food restaurant when two men asked her if she wanted to buy an iPad. They showed her a brand new iPad and told her they’d give her one just like it for $300.
She talked them down to $180 and they gave her a FedEx box from the trunk of their Impala.
Lo and behold, when she opened the box, she found out she was an iDiot.
Instead of a much-beloved tablet computer, she was the proud owner of a piece of wood painted black and adorned with Apple and Best Buy stickers.
Police say the scam is unusual only in that the crooks took the time to create a crude facsimile of the sold item.
Note: The original version of this story incorrectly said the men offered to sell a stolen iPad.