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Woman pays US$200 for iPad that turns out to be mirror
婦人付兩百美元買iPad 竟然只是一面鏡子

A customer tries a new Apple iPad at Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York on March 16.
一位顧客三月十六日在紐約蘋果商店旗艦店試玩一台新一代的蘋果iPad。

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照片:法新社

There is an old adage that says if something is too good to be true, it is probably a good idea to avoid it. One woman, who purchased what she thought was a killer bargain for an Apple iPad on Nov. 8, found out the hard way that this bit of wisdom was all too true.

Jalonta Freeman of Arlington, Texas wanted to get some gas for her car at a service station when a man pulled up in a car beside her and offered to sell her an US$800 iPad for just US$200.

Freeman thought it sounded like a great deal, especially as a Christmas gift, and could not resist the outstanding deal.

She paid the man US$200 and he gave her a Fedex box with the iPad inside. Her sister opened the box and the iPad she thought she had purchased turned out to be a mirror that was pasted with the images of the front and back of an iPad.

Ms. Freeman said that she felt stupid because she was taken in by this scam, but became philosophical about the whole ordeal and told others to never purchase anything from anyone on the street.

(Liberty Times)

俗話說,若某事好得不可能是真的,或許最好還是避開。一名十一月八日以為用無敵划算的價錢買到一台iPad的婦人,就吃了苦頭,並發現這句至理名言說得太對了。

德州阿靈頓的潔瓏塔.費曼,開車到加油站要加油時,遇到一名男子在她旁邊停下車來,用兩百美元的價格向她兜售一台市價八百美元的iPad。

費曼心想,這聽起來非常划算,尤其是買來當耶誕禮物,她抗拒不了這個很棒的交易。

她付了那名男子兩百美元,他給她一個裝有那台蘋果iPad的聯邦快遞紙盒。她的姊妹打開盒子,發現那個她以為買到的iPad,是一面貼了iPad正、反面圖片的鏡子。

費曼說,她覺得很笨,因為她被引誘上鉤受騙,但談到這起慘痛經驗,她變得很有智慧,奉勸其他人,千萬不要隨便向路人買任何東西。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. adage n.

俗話;諺語 (su2 hua4; yan4 yu3)

例: The adage “The early bird gets the worm” is not always true.

(「早起的鳥有蟲吃」這句諺語,並非任何情況都能印證。)

2. pull up v. phr.

停車 (ting2 che1)

例: Please pull up in front of the gate and drop me off.

(請停在大門前,讓我下車。)

3. ordeal n.

痛苦的折磨 (tong4 ku3 de5 zhe2 mo2 )

例: Susan was deeply traumatized after enduring this terrifying ordeal.

(蘇珊受到這起痛苦的折磨後,身心嚴重受創。)


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