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It was a Diamond-Crusted BlackBerry

June 16th, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Insurance fraud seems to be all the rage with the DNC:

The Democratic National Convention may be long over, but its organizers have not forgotten the almost half a million dollars worth of electronics they seem to have lost.

Organizers of the Charlotte, N.C., convention have filed a police report for lost and stolen electronics, some of which they appear to have valued at as much as 62 times the listed market prices.

A reportedly stolen 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop? $75,537. The price listed on the Apple website is $1,199. A lost iPhone? $30,503. A lost Blackberry? $54,250.

The party of Other People’s Money has a cavalier attitude towards other people’s money?

Dog bits man story here, folks.

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Of course the insurance company will pay, with probably a little more on top for the DNC's trouble.
Does everyone forget they are dealing with a branch of the Chicago thugs:
"Nice little insurance company you got there. Be a shame if something happened to it."
Why anyone would have business dealings with that gang of thieves is beyond me.
1 year ago
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Devil's Advocate time here, folks --

You don't report the value of lost electronics in terms of what the current list price is. You report what it would cost to replace it -- which includes apps, un-backed-up data, and so forth. (Your smartphone isn't backed up, is it? Of course it isn't. Now, if you lost it right now, what would it take to get a new one up to speed with what your current one has? How much information on your smartphone would be unrecoverable?)

I agree that a $75K Macbook sounds excessive. But comparing that number directly to the $1,199 list price is unfair.
1 year ago
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Don't be ridiculous.

Most software is now downloaded, and can be re-downloaded for free. Every single iPhone app can be re-downloaded an re-installed an infinite number of times, simply by entering the correct ID in the App Store. If the data is valuable -- certainly if it's *that* valuable -- of course it's backed up.

And if your iPhone or MacBook aren't backed up, it's because you told them not to, and on purpose. iOS defaults to free iCloud backup, and Time Machine is one of the easiest (and best) backup solutions around.

This is insurance fraud, plain and simple.
1 year ago
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That's pretty ballsy. Did they think nobody wuld notice?

Before I place a bet on the outcome, I think I'll take a glance at the donor records of the insurance company executives.
1 year ago
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They thought people would notice. They thought no one would dare call them on it.

And really, are they wrong?
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