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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2055 on: December 16, 2013, 01:59:57 PM »
None of this amounts to a beggar, moocher, or scammer label. But when I drove by house last week, there was a new sign. I couldn’t read it well because, well, I was driving, but the words “Donate Here” with an arrow pointing to their trash can and recycling bin was hard to miss.

There were soliciting drive-by donations to themselves.

Maybe the fine print is that they were soliciting aluminium cans.  A trash can and a recycling bin are more likely to collect trash than cash.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2056 on: December 16, 2013, 02:59:20 PM »
None of this amounts to a beggar, moocher, or scammer label. But when I drove by house last week, there was a new sign. I couldn’t read it well because, well, I was driving, but the words “Donate Here” with an arrow pointing to their trash can and recycling bin was hard to miss.

There were soliciting drive-by donations to themselves.

Maybe the fine print is that they were soliciting aluminium cans.  A trash can and a recycling bin are more likely to collect trash than cash.

Unless that was all they had to use an receptacles.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2057 on: December 16, 2013, 07:20:57 PM »
I was shopping the other night and overheard a Walmart-sanctioned scam.  There was an announcement that if you wanted a free knife, there was going to be a knife demonstration at a booth in the store, and everybody who came to the demonstration would get a free knife.  I was shopping in the vicinity as the guy was going through his spiel, and I was in the aisle across from his booth when he got to the crux of the thing.  Everybody there *could* get a free knife, iff they bought the $50 knife he was selling.  It was a buy one get one, not a free knife.  Liar, and scammer, as that's false advertising.  And apparently Walmart-sanctioned, as he was using one of their official booths and making announcements on their loudspeaker system, plus I overheard him saying that if you wanted to buy a knife, you were buying it from Walmart, not him, and you could just buy it when you checked out your groceries.  I'm assuming there's some sort of fine print that allows them to advertise something as free that is really buy one get one, but I'm not sure how that works.  Still, I consider it a scam.  I'm *so* glad I didn't waste 5 minutes listening to his spiel, but lots of people did.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2058 on: December 16, 2013, 09:27:10 PM »
I was shopping the other night and overheard a Walmart-sanctioned scam.  There was an announcement that if you wanted a free knife, there was going to be a knife demonstration at a booth in the store, and everybody who came to the demonstration would get a free knife.  I was shopping in the vicinity as the guy was going through his spiel, and I was in the aisle across from his booth when he got to the crux of the thing.  Everybody there *could* get a free knife, iff they bought the $50 knife he was selling.  It was a buy one get one, not a free knife.  Liar, and scammer, as that's false advertising.  And apparently Walmart-sanctioned, as he was using one of their official booths and making announcements on their loudspeaker system, plus I overheard him saying that if you wanted to buy a knife, you were buying it from Walmart, not him, and you could just buy it when you checked out your groceries.  I'm assuming there's some sort of fine print that allows them to advertise something as free that is really buy one get one, but I'm not sure how that works.  Still, I consider it a scam.  I'm *so* glad I didn't waste 5 minutes listening to his spiel, but lots of people did.

Back when I was a retail merchandiser at WM stores, those knife guys were there. I got so sick of their spiel. And it was amazing how many people bought their wares!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2059 on: December 17, 2013, 08:08:34 AM »
We have had those. But if you came in at the end of the day when the demo guy was leaving, he/she would give all the leftover knives away for free. They are pretty cheap knives, though.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2060 on: December 17, 2013, 08:51:04 AM »
He was demonstrating the knife cutting through wood, a hammer, etc.  My question is, though, why they always demonstrate the wonders of a knife by cutting through things you'd never cut with a knife.  He was talking about how you wanted a really sharp knife for fresh bread, otherwise it would just be a pile of crumbs.  And then it sounded like he demonstrated how sharp it was by cutting a hammer (wasn't watching, so not sure if he cut the handle or head or what) and wood.  But when I went by at one point and saw him, it looked like the knife was pretty thick and had strangely angled sides (sort of like serrations, but on the side).  I'd imagine that it would make a mess of crumbs, too.  Maybe I'm wrong, but it would give a better idea if he, you know, cut bread with it.  I'm pretty sure I would have heard him say if he was doing so, because I could hear every other word of his demonstration from the opposite side of the rows, he was that loud.  I think every person there did their grocery shopping with him in their ears.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2061 on: December 17, 2013, 10:47:52 AM »
'Tis the season to play "Match It!" You can win by correctly matching the items in List A with the CL ad posters in List B in our local CL as of this morning. (Note that only those asking for freebies are included here just to make it thread appropriate.) A gold star and a 4-piece box of Godiva chocolates to anyone who is 100 percent correct!

List A                                                                             List B
Wants a decent car                                                           Mother with no money but a daughter
Wants a Christmas tree and toys for kids                            Single working parent (address provided)
Wants money                                                                   Poor graduate student
Wants iPhone (used okay)                                                 One senior/2children/2 mid-age adults
Wants a "Project Motorcycle"                                             Low income senior
Wants a Kindle                                                                 Single student mother
Wants "extra organic foods"                                              Struggling family

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2062 on: December 17, 2013, 12:34:27 PM »
LOL Amara! And I want to know the answers  :P
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2063 on: December 17, 2013, 12:42:38 PM »
A lot of those could fit everyone on the list. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2064 on: December 17, 2013, 01:03:09 PM »
What is an "extra organic food" anyway? Is it the organic food that's farmed on an organic planet?

No pesticides were used within 3,000 miles of this food!
Completely cruelty free! If the rabbits wanted some, we just let them have at it! (Sorry for any chewed bits...)
Absolutely nothing has been genetically modified! We went back in time just to make sure, and collected a bunch of seeds from 500 years ago. Sorry if it's nothing like what you're familiar with, but it's ALL NATURAL and EXTRA ORGANIC!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2065 on: December 17, 2013, 01:58:56 PM »
What is an "extra organic food" anyway? Is it the organic food that's farmed on an organic planet?

No pesticides were used within 3,000 miles of this food!
Completely cruelty free! If the rabbits wanted some, we just let them have at it! (Sorry for any chewed bits...)
Absolutely nothing has been genetically modified! We went back in time just to make sure, and collected a bunch of seeds from 500 years ago. Sorry if it's nothing like what you're familiar with, but it's ALL NATURAL and EXTRA ORGANIC!

Maybe they have some organic food, but they want more? Not extra organic, but extra food? Blast misplaced modifiers.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2066 on: December 17, 2013, 02:11:14 PM »
I once had some neighbors who constantly tried to get high-end free stuff from people with a big sob story.  There were three able-bodied young adults in the household who were unemployed by choice.  The big obstacle to them holding a job was that they liked to stay up all night playing with the electronics they already had.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2067 on: December 17, 2013, 02:12:25 PM »
CWM, thanks for the huge laugh! And yes, they do mean any extra "organic foods" you have lying around that you have paid big bucks for but don't plan to use. As for the car, they provided their address (and directions) so it can be delivered right to them.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2068 on: December 17, 2013, 02:26:36 PM »
My cousin's teenager has listed two items on his Christmas wish list. An Xbox One ($625) and a 60" flat panel television ($900). Now my cousin is asking for suggestions for what she should buy.

My response? Nothing.

Let him save up $1500 to buy them.  >:D
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2069 on: December 17, 2013, 05:09:04 PM »
My cousin's teenager has listed two items on his Christmas wish list. An Xbox One ($625) and a 60" flat panel television ($900). Now my cousin is asking for suggestions for what she should buy.

My response? Nothing.

Let him save up $1500 to buy them.  >:D
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