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#1 Hum

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:02

Like many bargain hunters this past weekend, Robin Crowley of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, thought she found a deal on a new iPad Air. Robin told CTV, “I actually researched in the flyers for Black Friday deals and Target as far as I was concerned had the best deal.” Buying what was sold as a brand new iPad, the shopper was surprised when she opened up the sealed box and turned on the gadget.

The device did not default to a setup screen, but instead Robin said she found the personal information of the tablet’s previous user which included, “Hundreds of pictures of friends and family. Her complete schedule that was on the calendar there. There was three pages of apps that she had obviously added.” The tablet’s address book also contained contact information of over 207 people.

With further investigation Robin deduced that the device was used by a California woman and she noticed that there was a demonstration label on the box. She’s unsure if the previous owner is an Apple employee and due to the Thanksgiving holiday CTV received no response when they reached out to the company.

 Robin works for the Waterloo Regional Police and said that she worried about what could have happened with the personal info. “If I was her I would be pretty upset and I also think if it got into the wrong hands that could be pretty dangerous,” Robin said adding, “As soon as I finish night shift I am going to go to Target and talk to them, see about returning it so that I can get a brand new one cause as far as I’m concerned, that’s not brand new.”

Lisa Gibson of Target Canada sent a statement to CTV that read: "The privacy of our guests is of paramount importance and this is the first time we have heard of this type of event. We are investigating it with our partners at Apple and are happy to keep you posted as we learn more."

 

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:54

That's quite typical.

 

If a deal looks too good to be true it probably is.



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:26

That's quite typical.

 

If a deal looks too good to be true it probably is.

 

Exactly.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:27

I just bought a 'new' GPS navigator at Wal-Mart.

 

And because of the horror stories I have read in the News, I opened the box at the register, to make sure it wasn't a piece of wood inside. :p

 

I say 'new', because there were clearly a couple of fingerprints on the screen, and something that looked like spit.



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 00:43

New to you then. :p



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 00:45

I just bought a 'new' GPS navigator at Wal-Mart.

 

And because of the horror stories I have read in the News, I opened the box at the register, to make sure it wasn't a piece of wood inside. :p

 

I say 'new', because there were clearly a couple of fingerprints on the screen, and something that looked like spit.

 

[point at Growled]  He has a piece of wood that he stole from you.. 

 

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#7 Growled

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 00:57

^ Don't tell him. :D



#8 shozilla

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 01:42

^ Don't tell him. :D

 

Ooops...  Sorry...

 

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#9 Growled

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:06

I think you did that on purpose. :p



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:26

[looking around] me?   oh you were talking to the dog behind me... carry on.

 

[innocently whistling]

 

 

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:37

I bought a pet rock once, really, I did, on purpose!