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Last month there was a story in the news about some juice hound in Freetown who was arrested after a company delivered the wrong sized TV to his house. Instead of returning it he kept it and ended up getting arrested. Sounds like the guy got a pretty raw deal right? After all, if free stuff comes to my house I’m keeping it.
Except there’s more to the story. Way more. This is Nick Memmo:
Memmo said that he originally bought and paid for a 74-inch flat-screen TV on Amazon, but when the 86-inch arrived, delivered by a third-party shipping company, he chose not to return the larger model. The police found it mounted on to his wall. “
I looked into all the laws and said, ‘You know, it’s a scratch ticket. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,’” he said, adding that “Amazon said I had nothing to worry about. I made no wrong decisions at that point.
It’s not like I ran out of Walmart,’ he continued. ‘I didn’t set out looking for this.’
Fair. Except he forgot to point out some really important details….
The shipping company, however, disagrees. They allegedly made numerous calls to Memmo before they finally went to police. Several days before his arrest, police attempted to question Memmo. “I answered what questions I could without putting myself in jeopardy,” he said. “I said, ‘Do I need to hire an attorney?’ and they said I wasn’t under investigation at that point. They were just asking questions. I answered a lot of questions with ‘I don’t know’ just so I didn’t jeopardize myself.”
After Memmo realized the error, he says he went online to research whether he was within his legal rights to keep the larger television.
He found a Federal Trade Commission website that read: ‘If you receive merchandise that you didn’t order, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.’ Though the website does say that, it is referring specifically to scams where dishonest companies send unsolicited merchandise and then demand payment. ‘I hung the TV with no fear in mind,’ he said, ‘because I didn’t think I’d done anything wrong.’
Yea, it’s one thing if free stuff shows up at your house and you keep it. It’s another thing if the company calls you back, asks for it, and you’re like, “But I read on Legal Zoom that I don’t have to, so I’m an expert now.”
He also willfully lied about signing for the delivery, and continues to stick to his lie….
He has been vague about whether he signed for the mistaken delivery, and claims he doesn’t remember whether he was home when it arrived. ‘Even if he dropped 10 TVs at my door, I wouldn’t have noticed,’ Memmo said, explaining that he receives large deliveries constantly at his home.
A police report says that Memmo claimed to know nothing about the TV and said that one of his employees, who are frequently at his home, had signed for it. The officers said they could clearly see a large television inside his home.
The shipping company claims that Memmo signed for the incorrect delivery, which Memmo disputes. He also said that he never informed them he was someone he is not. According to Freetown Police Department, they were informed by the delivery service that two televisions had been delivered and one was delivered by mistake. “The delivery service contacted police after several unsuccessful attempts to recover the television. Police then visited the residence where they spoke with the male in an effort to recover the television. Unfortunately, he refused to cooperate,” the FPD said.
Bro, the crossfit done fried yo brain. You signed for the TV, knowing it was the wrong one. You realized it right away which is why you researched whether or not you could keep it. The moment the delivery company and the cops called you up you should’ve realized the jig was up. Instead you persisted with your Legal Zoom, threw your “employees” (who for some reason live with you and your crotch fruits) under the bus, and ignored the police, hoping they’d get bored and forget about you. Sadly for you that’s not how this works:
‘Memmo clearly lies, refuses to answer his telephone and will likely lie about receiving a summons and will not show up to court,’ read an application requesting an arrest warrant. Memmo was shocked when the cops arrived early in the morning to raid his home. ‘They surrounded the house and knocked on the door with flash lights coming through all the windows,’ Memmo told Boston 25 News of his arrest. ‘They told me to come outside then handcuffed me.’
Yea, turns out the cops don’t like it when you treat like maroons.
Memmo is now facing jail time. He says if he knew he would be arrested, he would have paid for the larger TV or returned it. ‘I don’t even watch TV,’ Memmo said. ‘That’s the worst part of it.’
Almost like you should’ve spoken with an attorney instead of Googling “You Siri, can I keep this shit?”
So let this be a lesson to you all – if free shit shows up at your house, don’t get too attached to it. Cross your fingers and hope the company doesn’t want it back. If they do, just be happy you had a good run while it lasted. Whatever you do, don’t ignore them and the police and assume it will all go away.
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