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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Thursday, February 9

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Several months ago, a Maryland man was indicted for his scheme to cheat would-be attendees of Oprah tapings into paying him to get them there and get them in. Today, to avoid a possible prison sentence of seven years, he has pleaded guilty and promised to reimburse the 60 people he scammed. In its report, the AP helpfully reminds readers that tickets to the show are free. As for the deluded fans, many of whom are seniors, their best hope now seems to be that Winfrey will hear of their plight, assume the mantle of Our Lady of the Con Victims and take pity.

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