July 19, 2007

Best eBay deal ever

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/6903433.stm

From the BBC news web site:-

Police are trying to trace the owner of £44,000 mistakenly sent to a 16-year-old boy who bought a Playstation Two for £95 on eBay.

Hilariously, the BBC report, straight-faced, that the package arrived with the PS2, but “minus two games”. You’d think that forty grand in crisp blue notes would pretty much make up for that, but sadly for the boy, the police are holding on to the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act. However, if the money remains unclaimed and/or unproven to be the proceeds of a crime, then the boy and his family may be allowed to keep it. Bargain! (But also, lamest, most incompetent criminals ever. I like to think that it went like this:

Quick! The coppers are closing in – they’ll be here any second now. We’ve got to dump the loot, right now. What should we do?

Don’t panic; I’ve got a plan. You know that PS2 I was getting rid of? If I can just get to the Post Office before they nick us…


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