French teen jailed after walking away with PlayStation 4 for just $10 by weighing it in supermarket's fruit section
The teen, identified in French media as 19-year-old Adel, would have gotten away with the trickery if he hadn't decided to get too greedy and try the ploy a second time
A French teenager was sentenced to prison for walking away with a brand new PlayStation 4 for a little over $10 by passing it off as a bag of fruits in the weigh-in section and, in the process, duping the supermarket where it was being sold.
According to the Daily Mail, the incident occurred at a supermarket in the city of Montbéliard in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of Eastern France. The teen, identified in the French media as 19-year-old Adel, would have gotten away with the trickery as well, that is, if he hadn't decided to get too greedy and try the ploy a second time.
To pull the scam off the first time around, he picked the device — which, in its brand new state, is worth about $388 — and proceeded to take it to the fruit section of the store to weigh it and determine its cost. Having done so, he then put a sticker on it which reflected it's new, heavily discounted price and walked to the self-checkout.
With no one to stop him, Adel paid $10.26 for the 6-pound bag of what he passed off as "fruit" and walked out of the store. He then went on to sell the PlayStation for $114, earning himself a nice profit and using the money to buy himself a ticket to his home town of Nice.
Having succeeded in his little scam, the 19-year-old decided to tempt the idea once again. He returned to the very same supermarket the next day to try his luck but was arrested by the police and subsequently charged with theft.
Last week, on January 24, a magistrates court in Montbéliard — a city with a population of just a little over 25,000 — found him guilty of his charge and sentenced him to four months in prison. While he'll be spending time behind bars, however, he can take solace from the fact that he is now a hero to the internet.
After news of his scam went viral across social media, thousands gave their opinion on the story, with some comments definitely ticking the funny bone. "Dude should have tried with iPhones. Labeling them as Apples would have been technically correct…the best kind of correct," one wrote.
Another explained how this trick was as old as time. "People used to transfer price stickers from cheaper products to more expensive ones," they posted.
"People will buy one product, once outside the store they will hand the receipt over to another guy, who steals a second unit with receipt in pocket for legal protection," adding, "People will take a product from the shelf, go to customer service to complain that it is broken. Either they get the money back for a product that was never sold, or they walk out of the store with a product they never paid for."