OK; time for the unfortunate truth. The example cited is sort of amusing for someone trying to prove an already-formed opinion with limited facts. The real reason most people shouldn't lease a car is that they can't do high school mathematics with what is essentially a complex formula.
There are multiple factors in any lease, including MSRP, capitalized cost reduction, cap cost, money rate, residual value and more. In some, but not all, cases leasing may be cheaper than owning. I leased my 2017 Premier (MSRP 39,650) for $241 per month for 36 months and $1,000 out of pocket at lease inception (that's all front end costs).. Therefore, I paid $9,676 for 36,000 miles over three years. Assume I could have bought the car for $35,000 (pretty good deal; $4,650 off MSRP, right?) Take into account the $7,500 federal tax credit (assuming for the moment that I had enough taxes to use it all), and the upfront cost would have been $27,500. Now subtract the $9,676 from that amount, and the car has an implicit value of $17,824. Now compare that to the FMV of the three-year old Volt with 36,000 miles. I don't see much difference. Oh, but wait, I only paid sales tax on the $9,676, and I didn't pay sales tax on the $17,824; which in Connecticut would be $1,132. So now you're at just about $19,000. And I didn't include the lost investment income on the amount not paid up front to buy the car; let's conservatively call that another $1,000. Now we're up to at least $20,000 of selling price that you'd have to get after three years. And you bear the risk of selling for that price or more.
Particularly with electrics and hybrids (the focus of this forum...), where the technology is changing constantly, some buyers don't want to take a risk on the three-year out value of the car. That risk belongs to the leasing company.
Rip-off; I don't think so. But every lease is different and, in fairness, most people can very quickly glaze over at the math involved. And most people probably glazed over my analysis. [Let me know if I missed something important] So, yes, most people should probably stay away.