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SAP Executive Arrested In False Barcode Scheme

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Sam I Am, May 23, 2012.

  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Wow. The guy is a Vice President of a major business software company. He has to be making very good money and he resorts to doing something like this? Not even that, he does it himself rather than getting someone else to do it for him. :eek:mg:

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    Thomas Langenbach: SAP Executive Arrested In False Barcode Scheme, Resold Stolen Lego Boxes on eBay

    It's not a surprise these days to see people using their smartphones to scan bar codes; after all, businesses large and small use QR codes and bar codes to digitally package hidden content, product information like pricing, or even contests and sweepstakes within those black-and-white boxes. With scanning being so commonplace, nothing seemed out of the ordinary when Thomas Langenbach, the vice president of SAP -- a top maker of business management software solutions based in Palo Alto, Calif. -- was found scanning boxes upon boxes of Lego toys before purchasing them.

    Little did anyone know, the 47-year-old Langenbach was actually engaged in a giant scam. Allegedly, Langenbach had been covering the store's barcodes with his own, so when he would bring the boxes up to the register, the clerk would scan the boxes but Langenbach would pay a heavily-discounted price. For example, this tag swapping allowed him to buy a Millennium Falcon box of Legos worth $279 for just $49. The store clerks were never the wiser.

    But Langenbach's scheme didn't end there. Once he bought the discounted Lego boxes, the SAP executive would take to eBay (under the name "tomsbrickyard") and sell the items. Langenbach reportedly sold more than 2,000 items on eBay, raking in about $30,000.

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  2. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    And it wasn't even for personal consumption. While 30k is not chump change, but it sure does seem pretty penny ante for such a highly placed exec.
  3. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    This doesn't even sound right. The risk vs reward are way out of whack for what this guy was making.

    I bet he was trying to see if he could get away with something to make a more secure product.

    At least that is the only thing I can think of.

    Oh, and I am not making an excuse for him, it was illegal and should pay the price for it. just saying I don't think we know the whole deal yet. And if we do the guy is just plain nuts.

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