Man rigs Maccas monopoly game for $32 million
Bloody hell, this Mcstory has got all the ingredients necessary to make a McDonald’s themed sequel to Office Space. Did you hear about the cheeky inside con-job from the Maccas worker who handled the McDonald’s Monopoly tickets? F**ken read on to find out more about this scam worth more than $32 million dollary-doos!
Right, so we’ll go out on a limb here and assume you know what McDonald’s Monopoly is. The annual McCompetition based on Milton Bradley’s family-destroying board game. You get a little peel-off Monopoly piece with your chips and/or drink or whatever and you scratch it to see if you’ve won. Or something like that. It’s not that important.
What is important is that Jerome Jacobsen spent years in the slammer for masterminding a lucrative scam as the head of security for Simon Marketing, the company charged with transporting the peel-off Monopoly pieces from the printers to the packaging factory.
It’s said that one day he just developed the urge to see ‘if he could’ steal a piece worth $25,000. As you do. Our reactions to thoughts like this are the kind of thing that separates those getting their backdoors smashed to pieces in a jail cell from the rest of us. It’s OK to ask yourself if you could get away with stealing the piece. You think about it, you have a little fantasy about buying a desert island, and then you go back to work. You don’t actually follow through on the notion. It’s called impulse control.
Jerome, though, as you can see lacks impulse control. Or at least he did at the time. He gave the piece to his brother-in-law. When he realised he’d gotten away with it that time, the plan escalated. You can read all about it here, but essentially, he would sell the prize-pieces to co-conspirators including a cocaine-trafficker, a supposed mobster, and a bunch more crafty crooks. Eventually, the FBI became involved and 52 people were indicted for their part in the scam.
A McDonald’s Spokesperson said, “The goal was to catch these guys red-handed, and that’s what we did,” a McDonald’s spokesman told The Washington Post. “We hope Americans will see that we were innocent victims along with our customers, and we got scammed by a sophisticated web of crooks.”
Andrew Glomb, the former cocaine-trafficker, told the Daily Beast he still talks to Jacobsen. “Every time I talk to Jacobson, I always tease him, I say, ‘You got any tickets?’”
Final thought: No wonder I never won anything better than a free cheeseburger on that game. All the good pieces were already spoken for.
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