Why You Should Never Buy an iPad in a McDonald’s Parking Lot [Scams]



McDonalds. One goes there for burgers, french fries, and occasionally a tasty McFlurry. One should not go there to buy an iPad, however. A young woman has learned that lesson the hard way.

Matt Burns of TechCrunch:

“Per a police report, Ms. Ashley McDowell, age 22, was approached by two black males in a McDonald’s parking offering to sell her an iPad for $300. They said they purchased said devices in bulk and were passing the savings onto consumers. How nice. McDowell explained that all she had was $180, which the kind gentlemen accepted anyway.”

Turns out that Ashely had been one-upped by the two men.

“You see, Ashley then exchanges her money for the iPad and drives home where she then opens up the FedEX container, for the first time, to find that *shock* it was a scam. She had purchased nothing more than a rather strange and surprisingly elaborately decorated wooden block, framed with black tape and sporting a replica Apple logo and iOS icons. The police report also describe a sort of “Best Buy sales ticket.”

The most amazing thing about this whole story is that the crooks took the time to create an “elaborate” wooden iPad replica in the first place. Perhaps it was a safety precaution in case Ms. McDowell had asked to see the device? We’ve heard that McDonalds can have dim parking lot lighting.

  • photografia

    Can we nominate Ms. McDowell for a Darwin award?

  • W.T.Effyall

    Hey, if these guys were really slick, they would have sold her AppleCare as well.

  • AlterThending

    Why is it so dirty? Were they smoking crack on it before the sale?

  • B066Y

    Something about a fool and their money…

  • StrongHeart

    interesting you said “black males”. would you have written “white males”?

  • their =/= there

  • Haroh Garcia

    Grammar checker is not working?

  • Brandon Dillon

    I knew someone would bring this up. Don’t get butt hurt and bring Al Sharpton and get a parade started. It is part of the description of the criminals. Why? Does it bother you that they are black?

  • Jamie Burns

    For ten grand I have a card that gives unlimited flights on all the airlines — never expires.

    Maybe she’s interested?

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  • Yes

    It’s the way the government puts these things in our head and we say things like black and white like its normal…..in this case its two black males which is a description…..but i love it when people say that man is colored…..last time i checked black isn’t a color…..white is……White people and their stupidity.

  • jimfan0106

    I wonder if “Find My iPad-Woody Edition” works on that?…lol

  • Craig Brown

    As an artist, I can tell you that neither black nor white are colors. They are tones. Who’s stupid now?

  • jimfan0106

    Fingerprint Dust

  • dcj001

    You do know what the letters “NAACP” stand for. Right?

  • People Suck

    you can’t be too careful with buying iPads anywhere except a legit storefront – i was scammed on Amazon with a Used-Like New iPad2 (by a third party seller) provided no tracking info, no response to email 12 days later, no iPad2 and it was marked as Shipped after 1 day.. f*krs .. have to wait nearly 3 weeks before i can file a claim too.. altho i’m confident that Amazon will give me my $ back or my credit card company will.

  • Brandon Dillon

    Beat me to it

  • Jordan Clay

    I only have $4,000….do you accept western union or paypal

  • Russ Anderson

    Not yet… 

  • zagatosz

    Haven’t people heard that if sounds to good to be true its probably not legit.
    Greed will get you in trouble every time.

  • God

    I’ve seen worse looking “art” sell on Etsy. She should sell it.

  • God

    I think the box would have to explode for her to get that one.

  • Happygolucky5654

    stupid people shouldn’t carry that much cash

  • chillyman

    hahahahaha this cracked me up, i haven’t laughed this hard in a looooong time.  

  • Chris

    wow…what an uncommon form of betrayal

  • Gereon

    Greedy, stupid….hmmm … Whoever made this thing was having a lot of fun preparing it because they WANTED the buyer to see it sooner or later. Seriously, what does everybody think would have happened if she had insisted to open the box before paying for it?I don’t think that whoever was approached by these guys, would have had a chance to leave with his money still in his/her pocket. Getting home “unharmed” was the best to happen to her, that’s how I see it.

  • scapelle

    Why on earth did she have $180 in cash on her?

  • Linus

    If she’s smart (wich she’s not) she could probebly sell it on ebay and probably make a profit.

  • Yes

    Then I guess we’re both dumb?

  • Kylerjai

    Crack? Really? The part about the guys being “black” didn’t bug me as part of the story but I knew some dumb a$$ would use it to insert a feeble attempt at racial humor. Maybe she cooked meth on it after she realized she got ripped off.

  • Kylerjai

    This reminds me of the people in NYC in the 80’s who would buy VCR’s and TV’s that were actually just boxes with rocks in them.

  • FenTiger

    “We’ve heard that McDonalds can have dim parking lot lighting.”Their customers aren’t too bright either… boom tish.

    A fool and their money are easily parted.

  • GH

    I suspect the full description must be this one: “Per a police report, Ms. Ashley McDowell, white, age 22, was approached by two black males…”