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Guy Loses Playstation 3, Cops Replace It With an Xbox 360

What if you bought a refurbished gadget, only to be suspected of theft? And, then to add insult to injury were cleared but had the gadget replaced with a rival product?

That's what happened to a man in North Carolina, Dustin Waller, who bought a refurbished Playstation 3, which had been reported stolen, unbeknownst to him. The culprit is assumed to be the guy who sold the PS3 to the store where Waller got it, so when Waller signed on to the PS3, detectives tracked his IP address, came knocking, and hauled off the PS3.

When Waller was cleared, he went to get a refund, but was denied since it was against store policy. The store ended up replacing him with — get this — a Microsoft Xbox 360! I mean, when I buy a new console, I've put a lot of thought into the one I want. This would be like losing your iPhone and having it replaced with a BlackBerry, losing a MacBook Pro and getting a Sony Vaio. . . and so on, and so forth.

More interestingly, Waller thinks that the decision to give him back a 360 instead of a PS3 was made by the cops involved — so what do you think: were the cops geeks with a sense of humor, or just clueless about the differences between the consoles?

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