Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Weirdest Thing Happened This Weekend.....

After having dinner with some friends this past Friday, I went over to Entertainmart, which is a fairly huge new/used music and movies store.

I had already been shopping around for about 30 minutes, and while I was looking through some CD's, this young Indian (or possibly Hispanic) girl approached me.

The young lady handed me her business card, and without so much as a "hello", tried to get me to follow her outside of the store, for a "psychic reading". The way she was acting, was like I had already pre-paid for the service, and she was ready to get started.

She was already walking towards the door, and I had to call her back, to hand her back the card, and flat-out told her "I'm not into that shit!". And then she took back her card, and walked out.

I don't know who the fuck she thought she was trying to con! I'm not 100% familiar with that area, but I know there's no psychic reading place in that tiny shopping center.

My suspicion was that she was looking for a sucker to bring outside, likely to a car, to be jumped and robbed (beings it WAS after dark). Nice try - I might be country and formerly naive, but I've lived in the city for a decade now.

It's bad enough you get spam email and phone calls from idiots trying to sell you things you don't want or need, but a bitch nowadays can't even buy a Jefferson Airplane album without being harrassed by WALKING advertisements, trying to sell you entertainment, like psychic readings.

Besides - if I want some nutball to make up a bunch of bullshit about my future at the top of their head, I'll go talk to a "christian" - for free.


Gary said...

You should have kept the (fake)business card and reported her . .at least to the store proprietor.

I don't think you were being set up for a physical altercation.

This sort of tactic was pretty common up here a few years back up here in Washington. . .desperate for cra-ummm . ."clients", these scam artists resort to the nearest shopping complex looking for some sucker to bleed cash from.

They'll look at you with glassy eyes and tell you they see your soul (and future). . .just step outside. . .

You get a "card reading" for 20 bucks off the hood of a car . . .but if you want know it all? "Come back to my office", which is usually an empty studio apartment with a card table and a couple of folding chairs. . .nice tablcloth. . .a few candles to create theatre. . .

Unfortunately, some victims of this scam not only take the bait, but go back for more and more. . . until they've been bled of all the cash or savings available.

Jen said...

I see this all the time. I'm amazed that people fall for these scams. You should report this to the police so they can send out alerts. You can often report it anonymously on their website.

Scott said...

Thanks guys, and thanks for passing along that info.

I've been chased down by crazy men trying to sell me knockoff colognes, and of course I'm used to seeing panhandlers, but have never been approached with THAT scheme before! LOL

I may go ahead and report it tomorrow, now that you mention it. If there's one thing that works my nerves more than the anti-gay nutballs, is somebody bugging me when I'm trying to shop for music!! ;)