Barnum Had it Right…Everyday There’s One Born!

Lucas Perie recently offered for sale on eBay a very simple ink drawing of a Hewlett-Packard TouchPad on plain white copier paper. He clearly and honestly stated in the ad and description exactly what people would be bidding on and the ad included two photos of the drawing, one of the front and one of the rear of the HP TouchPad. As you may know, the bidding on the original auction reached close to $100,000.

Well, just when you think people aren’t that crazy, along comes living proof that P.T. Barnum was more than correct when he famously said, “There’s a sucker born everyday.” I was browsing the headlines this morning and came across one more example of just how correct old Barnum was.

A South Carolina woman thought she was buying an iPad for dirt-cheap, but ended up with a block of wood. According to a police report, two men approached 22-year-old Ashley McDowell in a McDonald’s parking lot to sell her a new iPad for $300. They explained they were able to offer her a discounted price because they bought the iPad in bulk. McDowell made the purchase after negotiating the men down to $180 (a steal compared to paying at least $500 in the store). But when McDowell came home and opened her new gadget, which was in a FedEx box, she found nothing more than an iPlank: a dressed-up block of wood. The “tablet” screen had black tape around the perimeter and small square-shaped iPad icons such as Safari, mail, and photos taped to the front. After discovering the fake, McDowell called the police and filed a report. As you might imagine, social media aren’t being kind to the victim or the criminals in this case. One person tweeted, “Idiots. Everyone involved.” Another was surprised that the thieves created such an obvious but complex replica. One put a positive spin on the situation, saying the fake iPad is “actually kind of awesome found art.” (via Adriana Diaz News)

There must be a million old adages that cover this kind of greed and stupidity. Let’s hear some of your favorites. Leave them in the comment section below.

2 thoughts on “Barnum Had it Right…Everyday There’s One Born!”

  1. David Hannun, not P.T. Barnum, said “There’s a sucker born every minute.” An interesting story about the Cardiff Giant.

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