Innocent Man Thrown In Jail For Clay iPad Stunt


What’s worse than buying a brand new iPad, getting home and opening the box — only to find out that what you’ve bought isn’t an iPad at all, but rather a lump of clay?

Well, trying to return said lump of clay, only to find yourself arrested under suspicion of pulling the prank yourself.

That’s exactly what happened to 47-year-old UK resident Colin Marsh, who recently bought an iPad from his local Tesco supermarket as a present for his ten-year-old daughter, just to wind up being thrown into a jail cell for three hours. “I took [the iPad] back to Tesco, but they said they couldn’t give me a refund and would need to carry out an investigation,’ he said.  ‘Two days later, I got a call at about 8pm from the police asking if I could come down to the station to answer some questions. I just thought they wanted to know what had happened, but the next thing I know I’m being bundled into a cell.”

While Marsh was freed from jail, he remained on bail for nearly two months until police discovered that the iOS device was activated under a different name in Wales.

“I’ve run my own successful businesses for 22 years, and I own my own house. Why would I want to scam Tesco out of a £470 iPad?” the innocent man has said.

Tesco has apologized for the problems caused, and noted that it is “disappointed” to find its products have been tampered with.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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