If you were at the fair this week in Jackson, Mississippi and saw a bunch of Toshiba laptops that you thought looked awfully like blocks of wood and paper binders, well, you were right. Two men were arrested after trying to sell the blocks of wood—which were covered in bubble wrap and secured with duct tape and Toshiba labels—to an off-duty state trooper.
The local sheriff’s department offered much-needed context for the bust.
“By the time you take it and get it home, you find you’ve purchased a block of wood, you may as well throw it in the fireplace. It’s no good,” said Lt. Jeffery Scott, public information officer with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.
The men face charges of trademark infringement and illegally selling goods bearing counterfeit labels. They face up to $10,000 in fines and five years behind bars, which, if they can find a file and some duct tape, they can try selling to other inmates as DVD players.
Men arrested in wooden laptop scam [WLBT] (Thanks to Howard!)