| The great Canadian barbecue scam involves Jefferey Wilson, a 42-year-old Toronto man. Wilson is accused of having visited several Home Depot stores around the Toronto area beginning in May, where he would remove the price tag from an el cheapo Weber barbecue (retail $219.19) and affix it to the Genesis II LX S-440 NG SS, a “high performance” grilling rig amped up stupid by three burners and 43,500 BTUs worth of pure cooking power. The Genesis retails for $1,999.|
Wilson would then use a “fraudulently” obtained Home Depot gift card to purchase the deluxe barbecue for the bargain price — before selling it to the highest bidder on classified ad websites. He has been charged with 18 counts of fraud under $5,000.