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Necessity is the mother of invention (and hoaxes)

The other day I asked if the Prius sudden acceleration hoax in California might actually be the greatest negative campaign stunt in American history.

Well, the folks over at Jalopnik have been digging into the story and it turns out the guy who owned the car was $750k in debt and might have been behind on his car payments. Oh, and he also has a history of making insurance claims on big-ticket items that go missing.

All in all, it looks like the Prius sudden acceleration hoax is just an imaginative remake of an insurance scam and not a devilishly brilliant smear campaign against Toyota.

I knew Detroit wasn’t that clever.

[Hat tip: Kevin]

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2 Comments

  1. Heesa Phadie says:

    Wow…I’m actually really curious as to how this will end up. What do you think? I mean…the old man looks pretty guilty…what do you think will be the end all outcome of this thing?

  2. Free Refills says:

    It sounds like it was a hoax to me. But it is still horrible for Toyota. After all, even if the news is that it was a hoax, the story will still use “Prius” and “sudden, uncontrolled acceleration” in the same sentence.

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