Hey, $249 seem a little steep for that iPod you’ve been eyeing for some time? Just got a twenty in your pocket and that’s it? Dude, no problem, Jonathan Baldino has got the perfect solution for that: swap bar codes! That’s exactly what the 19 year-old college student from California did at a local Target store in Denver.
Having no funds left to his teeny name, Baldino thought of a great trick a friend back home told him of doing. Finding “Barcode Magic” on Google faster then you could say, “Dude this ain’t too smart,” Baldino downloaded the trail version and installed it for some fraudulent usage. First he needed some legit numbers for his phony price scam, so he scoped out the electronics department at Target and copied down the numbers of a headphone set. Took them back to the dorm, inputed the data in Barcode Magic, printed the barcode, and went back to Target. It’s there he stuck on the phony barcode to the iPod box and walked up to an unsuspecting female checker who most likely wouldn’t know an iPod from a Tic Tac. The scam worked and like all dumb thieves, Baldino went back to try his hand again. Ooops, security was on it and he was nabbed.
A very apologetic Baldino pleaded with the police to just let him go by writing:
“I will NEVER EVER DO THIS EVER AGAIN and I am once more terribly sorry,” Baldino wrote in a statement for police. “Please let me go for I am terribly sorry!!! I’m only a kid! Help me out. I just want to go home. I did this not knowing of the serious penalty that lies behind it. Please! Please! Please!”
Remember folks, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. You can read the rest of The Adventures of Baldino and His Cheap iPod Purchase via the Denver Post.