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Man Arrested For Paying For Service At Best Buy With $2... - 4/6/2005 8:00:09 PM   
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The article is dated March 8th, but this is the first that I've seen of it. WOW is all I can say...just WOW. The man used fifty-seven $2 bills to pay for the installation charge on his son's CD player and ended up getting slapped with a pair of metal bracelets:

PUT YOURSELF in Mike Bolesta's place. On the morning of Feb. 20, he buys a new radio-CD player for his 17-year-old son Christopher's car. He pays the $114 installation charge with 57 crisp new $2 bills, which, when last observed, were still considered legitimate currency in the United States proper. The $2 bills are Bolesta's idea of payment, and his little comic protest, too.

For this, Bolesta, Baltimore County resident, innocent citizen, owner of Capital City Student Tours, finds himself under arrest.

Finds himself, in front of a store full of customers at the Best Buy on York Road in Lutherville, locked into handcuffs and leg irons.

Finds himself transported to the Baltimore County lockup in Cockeysville, where he's handcuffed to a pole for three hours while the U.S. Secret Service is called into the case.

Have a nice day, Mike.

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RE: Man Arrested For Paying For Service At Best Buy Wit... - 4/7/2005 3:40:45 PM   
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If he did not violate the rules for legal tender (which may specify a limit for numbers of low denominations ... a wheelbarrow load of coins is NOT legal tender, for instance), then they were flat out wrong, and their attitude leaves a lot to be desired in any case, given the situation detailed....

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"When I bought the stereo player," Bolesta explains, "the technician said it'd fit perfectly into my son's dashboard. But it didn't. So they called back and said they had another model that would fit perfectly, and it was cheaper. We got a $67 refund, which was fine. As long as it fit, that's all.

"So we go back and pay for it, and they tell us to go around front with our receipt and pick up the difference in the cost. I ask about installation charges. They said, 'No installation charge, because of the mix-up. Our mistake, no charge.' Swell.


So having suddenly gone from "no installation charge" to "demanding instant payment or else", it should be no surprise that an awkward form of payment was chosen ... if anything, they deserved a wheelbarrow load of coins!


< Message edited by Matthew -- 4/7/2005 3:48:38 PM >

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RE: Man Arrested For Paying For Service At Best Buy Wit... - 4/7/2005 3:51:25 PM   
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As far as I could read and understand...they were DEAD WRONGGGGGGGGGGGG...

For Baltimore County police, said spokesman Bill Toohey, "It's a sign that we're all a little nervous in the post-9/11 world."

This is bad excuse if someone asks me...tomorrow someone might go and kill dozens of people...and say..."I was just little nervous...maybe because of 9/11 trauma..."



But at the end...all this just shows the real face of todays modern (read : CRAZY) World we all live in...

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RE: Man Arrested For Paying For Service At Best Buy Wit... - 4/7/2005 6:24:44 PM   
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They should be sued!

Rusty Wallace, US NASCAR driver, was fined 10,000.00 USD. He paid this fine in PENNIES!!!! LOL!


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RE: Man Arrested For Paying For Service At Best Buy Wit... - 4/7/2005 10:38:38 PM   
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To he** with Worst Buy. I gave up on that chain long ago. Don't think I have set foot in one for over two years. Where is the corporate headquartes for that dump of a chain? I'd like to write them with my past issues at that store and this one in the press to let them know where I stand as a consumer.

Of course, it makes it money in the U.S. and hires some of America's high school rejects. Education in this country is disolving away and it needs to be recognized by a leader... Ahhh... let me stop. Too long on the virtual soap box.

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RE: Man Arrested For Paying For Service At Best Buy Wit... - 4/8/2005 6:22:35 AM   
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I never shop there either, I go in and get the price of an item, and if Circuit City is higher, they match it. If you purchase something at Worst Buy, and attempt to return it the next day, it's like pulling teeth from a Lion, they NEVER want to give you a refund, and make 10,000 excuses why they cant. They have lost me as a customer forever.


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