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Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza Was Excited To Splurge On This, Until It Was Stolen!

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail wasn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

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Actor Vincent Piazza is great at playing tough guys. He's had reoccurring roles on The Sopranos and Rescue Me and is best known as gangster Lucky Luciano on HBO's Boardwalk Empire—a part for which he's won two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Offscreen, however, the handsome Piazza has a reputation for being one of the nicest, most considerate actors around. (Maybe that's how he won Ashlee Simpson's heart.) Vincent is a born and bred New Yorker and the fun Buyer's Remorse story he shared with us came about because he's an urban dweller...

Racked: Can you tell us about a time you've had Buyer's Remorse?

Vincent Piazza: Yes... I once spent $50 on a big umbrella because it was built really well and I always felt pushed around by people with big umbrellas ducking and weaving on city sidewalks. For once I wanted to have the space. I was pretty excited.

Well, within 48 hours of owning it, and one glorious walk to a restaurant in my neighborhood, it was lifted while I was eating. So I guess someone else shared my feelings. I was not only out $50—plus the $5 for a new cheap street umbrella—but I got all wet in the process. I probably got sick from that day too, so figure in a doctor's visit and cold medicine—it just compounded.

· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]