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WhenEbay goes bad
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Posted: 2004-05-01 7:47 pm   Permalink

From Fark.com

eBay loser goes literally ballistic
By Tinoula Awopetu, Court TV

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (Court TV) Gerald Newburger really doesn't like losing. A year after getting outbid at an online auction for a collection of used band uniforms, the New Orleans native traveled to New York to confront his rival bidder with a gun.

Newburger, 44, was pretty sore over losing a 480-piece collection of second-hand matching band and dance uniforms, which he had hoped to resell for a profit. Despite his loss to Robert Malinovsky of New York, who placed the winning bid of $360, Newburger resumed bidding offline.

According to Poughkeepsie prosecutor Richard Fiorile, Newburger exchanged e-mails and phone calls with Malinovsky for several months trying to convince him to sell.

After long-distance negotiating proved unsuccessful Newburger decided to try a face-to-gun approach.

Newburger allegedly broke into Malinovsky's home and threatened his wife with a gun. Malinovsky himself was not home at the time. No one was injured during the confrontation and Malinovsky's wife called police after Newburger left sans uniforms.

Officers apprehended Newburger in a taxi 30 minutes after the incident on his way back to the train station. A handgun was found in his briefcase.

Newburger, who admits to being in the Malinvosky home, denies he ever waved a gun at anyone. He claims the gun fell out of his briefcase when he reached inside it for a piece of paper.

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Posted: 2004-05-02 3:28 pm   Permalink

That has to be the most excitement Poughkeepsie has seen since Batteries Not Included big hit, "City of Sin" or The Great Vassar Eyeshadow Scandal of 1965.

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Joined: Jan 12, 2004
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Posted: 2004-05-03 01:17 am   Permalink

Don't forget the catching of a serial killer back in 2000 (not a joke).

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Joined: Mar 26, 2003
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From: bay area
Posted: 2004-05-03 11:47 am   Permalink

Snipe at your own risk!

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