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Taking Advantage of the Less Able

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Something we're pretty sure is universally annoying: those aggressive skincare kiosk people at the mall who accost you while you're walking down the corridor and insist you smear some of their gunk on your hand. Well, for one woman, it turned out to be a lot more than annoying when one of the "Organic Skin Care" kiosk people at her local upscale mall swindled her autistic uncle out of nearly $300 and then refused to issue a refund on the unused products—instead blaming the family for allowing her uncle to be in the mall alone. You can read the entire disturbing account here. [Consumerist]