The announcement, like all shocking Canadian news, resulted in polite shrugs from the populace. However, when Sears then announced that the shutdown would be accompanied by a liquidation sale, Canadians flocked to their local Sears to purchase all the outdated fashion, scratchy towels, and overpriced appliances their hearts desired.
Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine"A cassette boombox? Don't mind if I do."
But when it was discovered that instead of the promised discounts, Sears was in fact raising prices, it resulted in perhaps the greatest scandal in Canadian history. Well ... since that one prime minister straight up choked a protester, anyway.
Canadian media was soon flooded with photos of customers peeling off the stickers on their "clearance" purchases, only to find that Sears was raising the price of these items that were supposed to be on sale. Although Sears promised to clear up any "erroneous" pricing, customers encountered different results. One woman found a 20 percent off jacket that had jumped in price from 49 dollars to 69, basically negating the supposed deal. When she asked a cashier about the discrepancy, she was accused of tampering with tags. No wonder Sears went out of business. There's evil, and then there's just lazy.
Bank Of America Tricks A Customer Into Committing A Crime, Then Has Him Arrested
San Francisco resident Matthew Shinnick was trying to sell two bikes on Craigslist. He asked $600 from one buyer, and received a $2,000 Bank of America check instead (this was in 2006, when checks still existed). When Shinnick inquired about the discrepancy, the buyer replied that the extra amount was "for [your] trouble." Understandably suspicious, Shinnick took the sketchy check to his local Bank of America branch in Knob Hill and asked them to ensure it had come from a valid account.
The teller confirmed that all was well, so Shinnick signed the check and asked for it to be cashed. He then patiently waited to receive his money, no doubt daydreaming about all the other unexpected surprises he might encounter in this magical world wherein Craigslist sales go better than you expect. Then four police officers entered the bank, kicked Shinnick's legs apart, and put him in handcuffs. The teller, realizing that Shinnick's check was phony, chose not to inform the man who had openly asked her about its legitimacy, but instead watched him sign it, thus becoming party to a felony, before calling the police on him.
Coolcaesar at the English language Wikipedia"Only we're allowed to rip people off in our banks."
What followed was a day of hell for Shinnick, who sat handcuffed in the bank lobby for 45 minutes, then spent a further five hours in custody before being allowed to call his parents. Shinnick was finally released after his dad posted bail, and although all charges would soon be dropped, the experience cost Shinnick about $14,000 in legal fees, and also ruined whatever hilariously misplaced faith he had in Craigslist at the start of all this.
Bank of America claimed no wrongdoing, stating that they were simply fulfilling their obligation to report a potential crime, and also scoffed at Shinnick's request for reimbursement. They argued that they were protected by a legal precedent that "shields institutions and people from liability when reporting suspected crimes to the police." They were right, given that Shinnick never received a cent from them, although critics pointed out that a far more appropriate action would've been to do literally anything else.
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