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Repairman Steals Hard Drive And Charges To Reinstall It

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the new-geek-squad-terms-of-service dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 181

Phase 1: Break into a realty office, and steal a computer hard drive.

Phase 2: Ask if they will pay you $50 to fix the computer.

Phase 3: Get charged with theft and receiving stolen property!

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181 comments

A Bethlehem Computer Repairman? (-1, Flamebait)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864331)

This shit went down right in Jesus' hometown [biblegateway.com] !

Theft makes baby Jesus cry!

Re:A Bethlehem Computer Repairman? (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864431)

Bethlehem PA [google.com] brotha.

Re:A Bethlehem Computer Repairman? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864481)

Bethlehem PA [google.com] brotha.

Oh? How far away from that is Bird-In-Hand, PA [google.com] ?

Re:A Bethlehem Computer Repairman? (1)

Sinning (1433953) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865287)

Approximately 80 miles Bethlehem to Bird-In-Hand [google.com]

Re:A Bethlehem Computer Repairman? (2, Funny)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865575)

Why go to Bird-In-Hand when you can go through Intercourse to get to Paradise? Too close to Blue Ball?

Pennsylvanian Humor (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864797)

A Sunday School teacher asks a boy where Jesus was born. The boy answers "Allentown." The teacher corrects him, "No, it was Bethlehem." The boy replies, "Well, I knew it was some place along Rt. 22"

Re:A Bethlehem Computer Repairman? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864461)

Lame

Re:A Bethlehem Computer Repairman? (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866333)

Nazareth?

I Wonder How That Conversation Went (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864343)

"So, uh, I heard your computer wouldn't start because it's missing a hard drive. This is very common in our neighborhood. You're lucky though, I happen to be fully bonded and certified at returning computers without hard drives to their normal working states ... "

Michael Scott could see through that.

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864569)

Happens with car batteries all the time. Steal the battery, wait in repair shop down the road to help customer who has had their battery stolen.

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865099)

If you own a Prius, you can easily spot the thief from their hernia operation scar.

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (1)

Golddess (1361003) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865745)

The difference, of course, being that the "new" battery has no "data" to speak of, any car battery of the same specifications would get your car rolling again just as well.

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (4, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864609)

Quantum RAID with drive level parity.

Allows you to recover from the complete disappearance of your drive, and any new drive you choose to buy, will have all your data on it.

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (2, Funny)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864659)

Quantum RAID with drive level parity.

Allows you to recover from the complete disappearance of your drive, and any new drive you choose to buy, will have all your data on it.

The catch, you ask? You won't be certain your data is there until you look...

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (2, Interesting)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864761)

Police then discovered Lutes' car, with a computer repair sticker on the door, was seen parked in front of the office on the night of the break-in.

Reminds me of that fantastic Christopher Walken quote from True Romance [imdb.com] .

Cocotti: They snatched my narcotics, and high-tailed it outta there. They would've got away with it, but your son, f**khead that he is, left HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE in the dead guy's hand.

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (2, Informative)

Romancer (19668) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866225)

Quotes from this guys profile on skillwho.com:

"i am here to help with all computer related needs, anything that needs done can be done."

I guess anything really means anything.

http://www.skillwho.com/users/computers/pa/bethlehem/kevin-lutes/43e1a4e7-eea7-4516-bbbf-61ee2bd5e9e6// [skillwho.com]

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864817)

Michael Scott? More like Stevie Wonder.

Re:I Wonder How That Conversation Went (3, Informative)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#27867023)

A girl in my dormitory dropped her computer and destroyed her hard drive. Being the CS guru that I am, I assured her I could fix it... sans harddrive. She had already sent the Harddrive back to the manufacturer. There was now a gaping hole in the bottom of her laptop where her harddrive used to be. I told her I could STILL get it to work.

"But there's no harddrive!"
"Don't worry, I can fix it."

So I take her USB drive, load DAMN SMALL LINUX on it, plug it into her computer, and voila! You should have seen the look on her face when I booted up Mozilla and had Facebook running on a computer without a harddrive.
The media likes to portray us geeks as sorcerers, and sometimes, you can see why.

She's back on the internet, she's got webmail, she's got facebook, she's got text editors, she's got practically everything she needs for school. (Naturally, I ask her if she's doing anything later, and of course she's 'busy.' Oh well.)

Summary error... (5, Informative)

SCPRedMage (838040) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864363)

He charged $50 an hour. For 40 hours of "work".

Re:Summary error... (1)

curtix7 (1429475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864833)

i was gonna say, seems like a lot of work for 50 bucks

Re:Summary error... (1)

pla (258480) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866305)

seems like a lot of work for 50 bucks

I've taken machines from boxes-o'-shrinkwrapped-parts to running XP in under an hour or actual work (I wouldn't count the two "click once then go away for half an hour" steps as billable work unless they failed for some reason on the first try and I needed to babysit it). I'd feel bad about trying to charge a full hour for just that part...

And as for the file recovery, you generally have two situations - Either the old HDD works just fine (except for a broken Windows install) and you just need to copy it over to the new one, or no one has any shot of recovering it. So another hour, tops.

Re:Summary error... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865107)

$2,000 makes it a better read. People are thinking, "How poor are the people in this town that they would risk imprisonment for $50?"

Re:Summary error... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865457)

How did he charge for 40 hours of work in that time frame?
The article date it May 5th. The break in happened April 28th (Tuesday). They called him and had him come in the next day, April 29th (Wednesday). If he returned in Friday (May 1st) then that means he worked 13 hours a day for 3 days. Of course you have to take into account the time he picked it up and office hours for bringing it back on Friday. It just doesn't work out or he one dedicated guy.

Re:Summary error... (1)

SCPRedMage (838040) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865547)

You know, I've heard the guy called a lot of things, but "smart" just wasn't one of them...

Re:Summary error... (1)

hurfy (735314) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866591)

Hey, there were THREE lines in the summary...at least one was bound to be wrong......

How to tell when someone is screwing with you... (4, Funny)

Morphine007 (207082) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864377)

... they tell you that they can retrieve the files that you had on the hard-drive that was just stolen from your office.

/facepalm

Re:How to tell when someone is screwing with you.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864681)

... they tell you that they can retrieve the files that you had on the hard-drive that was just stolen from your office.

/facepalm

P.S. I'll sell you your hard drive, er, I mean a hard drive similar to yours with all your files on it...uh.. well how much will you pay me for your hard drive? :)

Re:How to tell when someone is screwing with you.. (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865245)

Well... check the current state of your genitals and orifices: that will certaintly provide some clues.

Re:How to tell when someone is screwing with you.. (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865533)

And without coming up with some technobabble that the data was still present in the interface buffer and you just need to subject the system to your multiphasic polydynamic transducer to get it to flush the buffer to the new drive to recover all the files.

Re:How to tell when someone is screwing with you.. (3, Interesting)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866197)

Don't forget to modify the deflector dish.

Hey does that mean that Geordi was actually working with the Borg? Seems like a bit of routine. The Borg attack. He modifies the deflector dish to do something clever. The Borg leave. I bet he deliberately caused all those problems with the holodeck too.

Re:How to tell when someone is screwing with you.. (2, Insightful)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 5 years ago | (#27867247)

Well the problem is that the people probably turned on the "appliance" and it didn't work. So they called their repair guy who said he could recover the data for them. He was able to scam them because they didn't know how the computer worked.

[John]

Phase 4: ??? (2, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864399)

Phase 5: Profit!

Re:Phase 4: ??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864625)

Phase 4 is: Review your math skills and realize that $50/hr x 40hrs = $2,000 not $50.

Re:Phase 4: ??? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865261)

no Phase 5: getting butt-raped in jail by tito

Re:Phase 4: ??? (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865577)

wtf? He was fairly badass fighting the Nazis, but I'm fairly sure he is dead, and not in a US prison.

mcall? (1)

Thornburg (264444) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864417)

How often does a story on the Morning Call get posted to slashdot?

This would be like reading about the construction on Route 309 in the Wall Street Journal, or something...

(I'm from the Lehigh Valley, in case that wasn't clear).

Re:mcall? (1)

CajunArson (465943) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864621)

The crime's in Bethlehem and it probably won't be making any other papers either. And the construction is usually on 22 (and has been since about 1950) but that tends to back up 309... another story entirely.

Re:mcall? (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864703)

In case you didn't know, Emeril is opening his first restaurant in the Northeast at the Sands casino going up in Bethlehem.

Yeah, I know. I had the same opinion.

Re:mcall? (1)

caffeinemessiah (918089) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864831)

How often does a story on the Morning Call get posted to slashdot?

That just what I was thinking! One would imagine it would be on the Express Times. Wow...so /. has more Lehigh Valley folk than I thought.

Re:mcall? (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865805)

Rated you up because you're from the LV, and I gotta support my droogs. The best part about it is that its one less technician to compete with. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Speaking of which, I've got to call them tonight and offer up my repair services.

Charges filed... (4, Insightful)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864453)

Here's what I'm curious about: how did he get charged with theft and receiving stolen property?

Was it just that he had possession of the stolen property, so they knew that one would stick, so it was a lesser included offense, just in case they couldn't prove the theft?

Re:Charges filed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864545)

They probably can't prove that he was the one to break in and steal the hard drive.

I would hope no jury would find him guilty of both. When I had to do jury duty (didn't try to get out of it) I was scared straight. To think that those 11 people could be between me and freedom was a sobering thought.

Re:Charges filed... (1)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864839)

Actually, he could probably be convicted for both if it was proven that he didn't break in, but instead commissioned the theft. I don't think there's a "Conspiracy to thieve" charge, so they went for the next best. Thus, he's the proximate cause of the theft, and received the stolen property.

Granted, that's all *really* convoluted. So it'd probably never happen.

Re:Charges filed... (2, Informative)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865447)

I don't think there's a "Conspiracy to thieve" charge, so they went for the next best.

That's why it's simply "Criminal Conspiracy". That way it can be paired with any crime.

Perhaps they just can't prove whether he had conspirators or worked alone.

Re:Charges filed... (1)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865531)

See, this is what I get for being Canadian. Most of my US Criminal Law knowledge comes from Law & Order, and early teenhood spend reading various law sites in a vague interest to becoming a lawyer.

Well, hold on there.... (2, Insightful)

raehl (609729) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864849)

...wouldn't incompetent jurors favor a criminal career path?

If jurors are competent, innocent people would remain free and guilty people would go to prison.

If jurors are not competent, sometimes innocent people will go to prison and sometimes guilty people will go free.

so, the more incompetent jurors are, the lower the penalty for criminal behavior.

Re:Well, hold on there.... (1)

Ceiynt (993620) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865355)

I think a lot of it has to do with the quality of the lawyers silver tongue as well.

Re:Well, hold on there.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865559)

so, the more incompetent jurors are, the lower the penalty for criminal behavior.

I think your logic is simplistic.

What is "criminal behavior"? I'm not sure that this term, as commonly used, actually means committing crimes. It certainly has no legal significance.

While legally we are innocent or guilty of specific crimes, not all innocent people are equally likely to be brought before a jury or found guilty by an incompetent jury.

The knowledge that juries are incompetent may make it more wise/important to appear "straight" - avoid physical proximity to crimes, "criminal behavior", association with "sketchy" people, etc. even if you are a completely law-abiding citizen. And it may make it more wise to avoid committing lesser crime A that can be mistaken by an incompetent jury for greater crime B.

Re:Charges filed... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864859)

Here's what I'm curious about: how did he get charged with theft and receiving stolen property?

Was it just that he had possession of the stolen property, so they knew that one would stick, so it was a lesser included offense, just in case they couldn't prove the theft?

He stole a camera too...

Re:Charges filed... (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865051)

Here's what I'm curious about: how did he get charged with theft and receiving stolen property?

He stole it, then sold it to himself.

He was also charged with sexual assualt, of himself, because when they picked him up he was looking at porn.

Re:Charges filed... (2, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865629)

He was also charged with sexual assualt, of himself, because when they picked him up he was looking at porn.

No, that was consentful by way of a handshake agreement.

Re:Charges filed... (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865735)

Yes.

This is why you'll sometimes see murder suspects charged with 1st degree, 2nd degree, and manslaughter for one dead body. It gives the jury the option to choose which charge they think actually applies based on the evidence.

Re:Charges filed... (1)

Renraku (518261) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866133)

Theft is taking something for your own that legally belongs to someone else.

Receiving stolen property is selling or attempting to sell property that you know or believe to be stolen. If you're in the business of buying/selling used goods, you must take due diligence to ensure that either the item isn't stolen, or that the person that sold it to you can be found if need be.

And it would have worked too. (5, Funny)

UseCase (939095) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864573)

If it weren't for those meddling kids!!!!

$2K (1)

JoeF (6782) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864583)

From TFA, he wanted to charge $50 per hour for 40 hours.

he could have swung it if.... (4, Insightful)

goffster (1104287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864717)

He replaced good hard drive with
a bad hard drive when he stole it.

Re:he could have swung it if.... (1)

CDOS_CDOS run (669823) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865211)

The kicker is the office probably didn't notice the missing hard drive, he probably told them. He didn't even need to leave a dummy HDD, he just needed to shut up. {of course this is conjecture}

Re:he could have swung it if.... (1)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865821)

Hey, now I know why I've been hanging onto that hard drive that spews SMART errors. I knew there was a good reason to hang onto it.

How do a idle story go on to the main page? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27864723)

And without an idle logo?

Just curious.

He should have put in a blank hard drive (5, Insightful)

pfunk (19705) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864787)

He should have replaced the hard drive with a blank formatted hard drive. Then when the realty office tried to start the system and it wouldn't boot, take the computer back to his office or shop and retrieve the "lost" data.

Re:He should have put in a blank hard drive (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865253)

Look, if the guy was smart enough to think of something like that - he undoubtedly wouldn't be doing stupid stuff like stealing a HDD and trying to sell it back to the folks he stole it from for 2 large.

Re:He should have put in a blank hard drive (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865609)

Criminal? Yes. Greedy? Yes. Stupid? No.

Pulled off correctly this would be a very lucrative scam. Scrap all the repairman shit - just openly steal drives from businesses without a good backup policy, and demand ransom.

This guy didn't have the brains, organisation, or discipline for that though.

Re:He should have put in a blank hard drive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865855)

Not too stupid if it works....

every time I see this type of comment I think: (2, Funny)

Joe Snipe (224958) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865329)

Dear AskSlashdot:

I am planning on stealing Hordware/software/company secrets/customers from my company/boss/girlfriend(mother)/government, but I don't want to get caught because that's bad. What's my best course of action and is there anything I should look out for?

Re:every time I see this type of comment I think: (2, Funny)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865763)

If you're stealing customers from your girlfriend...can I have her number?

Re:every time I see this type of comment I think: (2, Funny)

damien_kane (519267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866557)

If you're stealing customers from your girlfriend...can I have her number?

You want him to steal you too?

Re:every time I see this type of comment I think: (2, Funny)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866851)

I was going to make a joke about dead hookers and floorboards here, but then I decided I like not having to explain macabre humor to the FBI.

Article comments are good too (3, Interesting)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864799)

I think the comments are good too. "yeah, he did the same thing at another company, we just didnt report him. he will be reported now." and the link to his meetup page [meetup.com] , "am looking for a new way to improve my business"

You couldn't make stuff up this good.

[John]

Re:Article comments are good too (1)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864911)

Haha, he even helped the police by providing a mugshot.

Re:Article comments are good too (3, Funny)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865059)

If you look at another of his profiles [skillwho.com] , it has a picture of his company's logo.

I think I know what the problem is.... The mouse, is connected to the monitor.

Re:Article comments are good too (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865337)

Heh, "have great interest in helping others with many things that they can't figure out for themselves",

Re:Article comments are good too (2, Insightful)

iceOlate (1094287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866637)

Notice also that he has only ONE friend (which is the default friend for SkillWho, which basically means NO friends, no recommendations, and no friends on his meetup page. He has no references, and I'm sure what he refers to as his education is complete BS as well. In this business, reputation is VERY important, and he had none, and now he'll be lucky if anyone will hire his dishonest dumb ass anywhere... I don't know why anyone would have hired him in the first place. Piece of shit got what was coming to him...

Re:Article comments are good too (2, Funny)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865109)

I'm willing to consult to him on his business model. I'll charge him $2000 a week.

Criminal masterminds... (4, Funny)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864941)

Reminds me of the (somewhat) local story I read this morning. A man shop lifted a bunch of clothes from a department store, on is way out he stopped at the front desk to fill out a job application. Sure enough he listed his real information. When the cops showed up he was busy putting away all the stuff he had just walked out with.

He beeped on his way through the door but still was allowed to leave (those things beep so often most employees probably ignore them now). If he didn't give them his personal information, he probably would've gotten away with it.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (0)

Joe Snipe (224958) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865397)

What? He stole clothes, but put them back, so what did he steal? He set off the alarm but was allowed to leave so how did he get away? Are all of your local news reports in zen koan form?

Re:Criminal masterminds... (2, Funny)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865659)

What? He stole clothes, but put them back, so what did he steal? He set off the alarm but was allowed to leave so how did he get away?

Apparently he stole your reading comprehension.

He never said anything about the guy 'putting them back', you fabricated that one all by yourself.

He set off the alarm but was allowed to leave so how did he get away?

He got away by leaving.

Are all of your local news reports in zen koan form?

I'm pretty sure you have no clue what a 'zen koan' actually is.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (1)

damien_kane (519267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866675)

Apparently he stole your reading comprehension.

He never said anything about the guy 'putting them back', you fabricated that one all by yourself.

When the cops showed up [at the store] he was busy putting away[^H^H^H^H back on the shelves] all the stuff he had just walked out with.

When the cops showed up [at the man's house] he was busy putting away all the stuff he had just walked out with [into his dresser/closet].

Pick one

I'm pretty sure you have no clue what a 'zen koan' actually is.

From Wikipedia: A koan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement in the history and lore of Zen Buddhism, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet may be accessible to intuition.

I think GP got it about right, in that GGP's post was not quite complete enough to warrant rational understanding, but, with varying perspective, could be taken a number of ways.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (1)

mrbene (1380531) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866939)

Context:

A man shop lifted a bunch of clothes from a department store, on is way out he stopped at the front desk to fill out a job application.

Both the text shop lifted and on is way out indicate that he left the store. IE, if I go into a department store, pick up a bunch of clothes, fill out an application, then put the clothes back on the shelf, I will not have shoplifted.

Additionally, the text putting away is slightly more likely to indicate "to put in a new location" rather than "to return to the original location", and had just walked out with fairly strongly indicates that he has left the store. I disagree that the original post lacked enough information to generate a rational understanding of the situation. I agree that it could have been more clearly related, to reduce the onus on the reader to understand complete context.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865829)

No, you just rolled a 1 on your reading comprehension check. It made perfect sense.

Man takes clothes from rack. On way to exit he stops to fill out job app. Heads for exit. Stolen clothes beep at door. Employee lets him leave. Afterwords, employee realizes he was dumb, calls cops, sends them to address listed on job application. Cops get to his house while he's putting stolen clothes in his closet.

Simple enough?

Re:Criminal masterminds... (1)

sandmaninator (884661) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866115)

The OP gives a very unclear description of the events.
When the cops showed up he was busy putting away all the stuff he had just walked out with.
I take "just walked out with" to mean "just walked out of the store". After re-reading the account for the 3rd time, I figured he was "putting away all the stuff" into his car parked just outside the store.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (1)

cwiegmann24 (1476667) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866555)

Or the cops showed up at his house, where he was putting away all the clothes he stole. Perhaps into a dresser.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866801)

Or, given that the address mentioned on the job application was stated as the reason he was caught....see what I already said.

It wasn't unclear. A bit convoluted. But perfectly clear.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865889)

He was at his house putting the stuff up. He listed his real address on the job application.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865579)

A retail store I worked in had an unwritten policy that they will take a return on items without receipts and give store credit in the amount of the lowest price the item has been on sale in the last 3 months. One day I saw a person pick up an item from the shelf, walk over to the Customer Service desk and attempt to return the item for store credit. We grabbed him, Police was called but since this man swore up and down that the item was his and he just didn't have proof of purchase he got to leave scott free. On the bright side, Police confiscated the item until he provided proof of purchase within 30 days (he never did and we got the item back) but I have no doubt he had gotten away with it many times before.

Re:Criminal masterminds... (1)

lord sibn (649162) | more than 5 years ago | (#27867217)

Lots of places (like mine) offer a financial incentive of a few dollars to respond to the pedestal giving that warning "BEEP" sound. However, there are rules to follow as well. Do not chase a customer. Do not accuse a customer. Do not follow a customer out of the building. And under no circumstances, ever imply that the beeping is a result of theft. Even if the person openly stealing stuff, offer to deactivate the tag that set off the alarm and let them go.

This is like a lock on your front door - it serves only to keep honest people honest.

The thing I think is actually funny is that the employee door is also a fire exit; and that alarm goes off all the time. So if there is ever a fire, nobody will look up or care.

SlashFark (3, Insightful)

rindeee (530084) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865019)

Wow, so Slashdot is trying to be snarky like Fark these days. It's kind of like that one kids dad who picks him up at school wearing baggy pants and a hoodie. It not only doesn't work, it's embarrassing for those who have to see it.

Re:SlashFark (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865863)

Mostly it just makes him look like either a pedophile or a serial killer.

Error of scale (2, Funny)

sjames (1099) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865049)

He had the right idea, but got the scale wrong.

Had he stolen 1 MILLION hard drives and then demanded $2000 each to put them back, he would be "too big to fail" and then he would just have to give everyone a $1 off coupon on their next HD install.

He could have done worse though. Had he hacked in and disabled the drive remotely, he would be up for a MUCH longer sentence.

Re:Error of scale (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865607)

He could have done worse though. Had he hacked in and disabled the drive remotely, he would be up for a MUCH longer sentence.

He could have done even worse. Imagine what would happed had he downloaded a Metallica MP3...

Suddenly, I understand why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27865199)

my computer repair business isn't making enough money to pay me minimum wage!

reminds me of the liquor store thief video (1)

Uberbah (647458) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865545)

...on Youtube [youtube.com] .

stupidity or hubris? (4, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865861)

When I hear stories like this, (and they are legion) I have to wonder if the tech was really that stupid, or did he believe that a lack of computer expertise in his customers meant they were that stupid. Speaking as a geek, I've noticed a tendency among a (fortunately small) subset of geeks to believe that having a deep expertise in one area makes them generally more competent in everything, including areas completely out of their expertise, like, say, crime.

When I was in college, two roommates apparently had such a misunderstanding, which led to a "foolproof plan" to pay off their student loans and retire in geek luxury. Their criminal career lasted a mere 24 hours. I still have the front page showing them spread-eagled against a cop car.

Sometimes I wonder if extreme geeks -- meaning not the truly hyper-intelligent, but the self-sequestered wannabes -- lacking normal social interaction, have less of an understanding of basic morals than the rest of us.

Re:stupidity or hubris? (1)

iceOlate (1094287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866761)

He definitely lacked the social interaction skills, as you can see he has no friends, recommendations or references on his online profiles...

Re:stupidity or hubris? (1)

GrifterCC (673360) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866831)

Wut was teh foolproof plan??? I have studet loans aswell!!!

Re:stupidity or hubris? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27867075)

When I was in college, two roommates apparently had such a misunderstanding, which led to a "foolproof plan" to pay off their student loans and retire in geek luxury.

Details, please?

Proof Geeks are smart (1)

J4 (449) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865885)

Because only a geek would be stupid enough to think he could get away with it.

The real equation

Normal person == stupid
Geek == normal person cognitive issues

I hope he likes anal

Sounds Vaguely Familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27866039)

This case sounds a bit like the Florida Elections Commission charging for recounts.

This was my companies business model (2, Funny)

revjtanton (1179893) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866113)

I'm ruined...

A lesson to all: (1, Flamebait)

Trojan35 (910785) | more than 5 years ago | (#27866253)

It's amazing how many people that know something better than me--say, fixing a car or being a web developer--assume that they know everything better than me and everyone else in the world. Those people are the most dangerous stupid and if they don't have morals will often land in jail.

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