All good points but at some point you do have to cut people lose and let them learn as they go.
In all that happened to your friend, he learned one of the most
important things to watch for when selecting an aircraft. That is to pay attention to the little numbers on the right hand corner. Right?
Had he spent 5 more secs looking at those numbers, he would have noticed something was off. For whatever reason he did not, it cost him in terms of the situation he was put in by leasing said aircraft.
I bet now, he pays attention to the aircraft's detailed info. Right?
Lesson learned. A tough one? Probably. It cost him a bankruptcy.
But a lesson learned non the less.
and being exploited by someone who understands how to game the system.
You can never counter human ingenuity. For every system put in place, someone, somewhere is figuring out a way to go around it. That's a fact of life.
It's no different in relation to this game or any other.
someone lowballing a lease to trick me into footing their maintenance bill and getting the aircraft back shiny and new when I bankrupt.
What proof is there that said player's intent was to fool your friend?
Honestly, your friend made a mistake. The same mistake most players that are play currently made. The same mistake I made when I first started playing.
Seems like the only difference is we didn't cry foul when pushed to the ground. We picked ourselves up, pat the dust off, and continued to move forward.
Wasn't that considered learning the ropes?