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Man Buys Fake Painting in Chicago, Doesn’t Get Refund

April 7, 2009

Living in any big city, anywhere in the world, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Merchants take advantage of customers, the technology that we rely on runs amok making average citizens its victims, and bureaucracy, whether it’s city government, utilities, or a faceless multi-national corporation, catches ordinary citizens in its gears forcing them into extraordinary situations.  Chicago is no exception.  Enter Chicago Tribune‘s column “What’s Your Problem” where staff writer Jon Yates twice a week takes on the Goliaths that readers need help with.

Yates’s current headline caught my eye: “Buyer getting the brushoff on fake painting.” Apparently a certain Chicago auction house sold a Florida dealer a fake 19th century painting. It reminded me of the fraud and fakery exactly a year ago,a debacle the outcome of which has been unclear.

In a city that is ruled by a rusty bureaucracy, it’s fun to read Yates each week as he helps the little guys take on the giants.

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