TexMex said:Can you imagine going to a trading standards office and saying. "I bought this gear, that I was led to believe, is cheap due to being stolen, but it turns out that it's actualy just cheep because it's rubbish. Can I do the vendor for misrepresentation?"
On one of those police video programmes, I saw one where this guy called the police because he had been robbed. When they sent a patrol car to his whereabouts he explained to the policeman about how he had given this guy $100 for crack, the guy then ran off with the money. And they say drugs make you slow-witted
When I worked in a plumber's merchants this woman came in claiming to have some fell-off-the-back-of-a-lorry jewellery for sale. 9 carat gold she reckoned, but a plumber who had popped in for a few things took one look and told her that it was blatantly just polished brass (and plumbers know about brass), then she legged it. I wanted to say "let's have a look at one of those rings" just so I could point out the lack of hallmark on it, but as soon as you start conversing with these people it can be very difficult to make them go away.