Alexander and Christine Clement, a couple of sixty-somethings from Long Island, came up with what they assumed was a foolproof scheme to get all the free Jell-O pudding they could get their hands on. They’d purchase boxes of the dried mix, take them home, make the Jell-O, then — ostensibly while the dessert was setting — fill up the empty boxes with sand and return them to the store for a full refund. Then they’d go home and eat their fill of pistachio and butterscotch pudding, all the while congratulating themselves for having saved a total of $1.40 with their cleverness. For a while, the scheme worked like a charm.
The entire thing reads like a fascinating and hilarious episode of Law and Order: Old People.