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Good prank, bad ending

October 14, 2009 - Per Peterson
This is just funny. A woman in Ohio being driven around in a rented limousine pulled up at a coat store and announced she’d won the lottery and would pay for everyone’s purchases, police said, but she ended up causing a riot when customers realized it was a hoax, the Associated Press reported. Angry customers threw merchandise around and looted, leaving the store looking as though a hurricane had passed through it, police said. Linda Brown was arrested Tuesday after an hours-long shopping spree that began when she hired a stretch Hummer limousine to drop her off at a Burlington Coat Factory store, police Sgt. Lt. Michael Deakins said. Brown walked to a cash register and loudly announced she had won the lottery and would pay for each person’s merchandise up to $500, he said. She told people she won $1.5 million, but in reality didn’t have a dime. She was driven to the cops by the driver of the Hummer she hired. Great practical joke, Linda. And that joke isn’t what disturbs me about this whole thing. What bothers me is the people’s reaction after finding out they had been hosed. I can see them being upset, but to tear up the store and loot items is going too far. We know people like to get things for free, and now we also know people can get pretty ticked when they get that free stuff taken away.


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