Teens Settle Lost iPod Dispute; Plan To Use Publicity To Help McGruff
from the about-time dept
Remember the case of the stolen iPod? That was where a teenager (or perhaps her mother) sued her (formerly) close friend after the friend placed the iPod she had borrowed on a schoolroom desk, where it was promptly stolen. After this story got out, some people offered to donate an iPod and iTunes credit to end the lawsuit, but the mother of the girl refused. However, it looks like the case has now been settled. Engadget points us to the details of the settlement. The girl who borrowed and lost the iPod will give her own iPod to the original iPod owner -- but rather than use it, they will auction off the iPod, hopefully capitalizing on the fame of the case to drive up the price. They'll then use the proceeds to begin a "junior CrimeStoppers program" in their neighborhood. Believe it or not, it seems that the girls worked all this out between themselves without getting the mother who refused the donated iPods involved. She claims the trade is "an insult" -- even though this iPod is a video iPod with a lot more storage, rather than the iPod Nano that was lost. What's really odd about the whole case, however, is how little attention was paid to figuring out who actually stole the original iPod. If it was just in a classroom, the number of suspects can't be all that high. One more chapter in our ever so litigious society -- though, it's nice that the girls figured out how to come to an amicable settlement (even if the mother wasn't thrilled with it).