The Seamy Side of the Hobby -OR- What a Stupid AFOL

A ridiculously wealthy Bay Area tech executive was busted for scamming his local Target to buy tons of LEGO at highly discounted prices. There’s loads to learn from the entire story over at Wired, but here’s the Cliff Notes version. First, millionaire’s steal. (Shock. Surprise. Horror.) Next, the old barcode switcheroo is still a thing, particularly so in the digital age. (If that excites you, please click through the image above to read the full article…like…now, you freak.) Finally, LEGO can be addictive, a fact I know intimately. (I’m typing this at 12:54am despite the fact that I have no idea if anyone will actually read it.) My head hurts, not only from the wackiness of this story, but from how close to home the descriptions of his home office hit:

But when police searched his home on May 8, they found something else: “meticulously sorted bins filled with Lego pieces, and hundreds of Lego toys, some displayed next to bottles of booze on the family bar, others snapped together in front of a whiteboard as if they were being staged for photography. And many more were in boxes, jammed into an office closet.”

You know you just cringed.

2 Comments to "The Seamy Side of the Hobby -OR- What a Stupid AFOL"

  1. Paul Romano's Gravatar Paul Romano
    May 28, 2012 - 7:54 am | Permalink

    I wonder what happens to all his LEGO now? Re-possessed? Donated?

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