Tesco Sold Clay iPad To Kent Baker (Then Police Arrested Him For Fraud)
“I COUDN’T believe it when I saw what was inside the box. Maddie was devastated,” says Colin Marsh, who paid £470 for at Tesco in Whitstable, Kent. “I took it back to Tesco, but they said they couldn’t give me a refund and would need to carry out an investigation. 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. I was in there for three hours. It was then they told me the iPad had been activated in my name. I just thought ‘how can that possibly be?’ It didn’t make any sense.
“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? I eventually got in at about midnight, and told my wife what had happened. Maddie had woken up and was sitting on the stairs. She came running in and wouldn’t stop crying for 20 minutes. It was bloody awful to see her like that.”
It turned out that the iPad had not been activated in Mr Marsh’s name. Tesco gave him a refund.
“You just can’t treat people like that. It’s absolutely disgusting. I’m not after loads of compensation or anything, but I’ve not even had so much as an apology from Tesco. It’s disgraceful. I just want this to act as a warning to other people, because I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through what my family and I have.”
The best line comes from Tesco spokesman Jack Pearson: “We were very disappointed to learn that the product we sold to Mr Marsh had been tampered with.”
You sold him clay.
File under: at last her can make his own brick to sell as the ‘surplus’ Samsung TV someone at Anorak Towers once bought (you know who you are).