Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hands Up

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 9:00 AM

It takes only one finger to express Sarah Gibson’s feelings toward the scammer who tried to ruin her Crossroads bike shop’s good name recently. But plenty of local hands have offered the bird to help the owner of the Acme Bicycle Company emphasize her point in an online photo gallery.

All the mean faces, moons and raised middle fingers are directed at a woman known as Michelle Garcia. That’s the name that UPS told Gibson was on an account opened in Acme’s name in California and used to send fraudulent checks all over the country. None of the checks had Acme’s name on them, but UPS bills for about $4,000 in overnight shipping charges did.

For an explanation of the incident in Gibson’s own unpuncuated prose, see the April 5 entry on Cyclofiend’s blog.

Fortunately, Gibson says, UPS isn’t holding Acme responsible for the charges. But local and California law-enforcement officials have given her little reason to hope that the con artist will ever be caught. “They didn’t have a bad attitude about it,” Gibson says of KCMO police. “But their primary focus is people who are sticking guns in each other’s faces.”

So Gibson must be content with sticking fingers in Garcia’s face via the Internet, the vehicle through which the thief probably got Acme’s mailing address in the first place.

-- Crystal K. Wiebe

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