The Old Geezer: You make a difference

Walt Trandum

All the statements and claims we hear every day, kind of make us wonder what the truth might be about everything. During my long life I have seen and even been involved in projects that were meant to improve people’s lives. Always it has been to their advantage by being something that would work to the best interests of the people involved or the cause or function they are trying to help. Occasionally I have met people who were running some kind of scam. Maybe relating some of those experiences and observations would be of interest to the readers of this article.
First we have to talk about what is a “con” and what is just a “sales pitch?” The definition I find of the first act is “A swindle in which the mark, or victim, is defrauded after his or her trust has been won.” There are big “cons” and little ones. A “sales pitch” is an effort to influence the subject to purchase or use something. Most of us are driving the car or living in the house that we purchased after a “sales pitch” convinced us we were getting a good deal.
Over the years when found myself in the company of some folks who turned out to be “con”. people. I may have had some suspicions, but had to find out by listening They probably got me a couple times when I didn’t suspect it was happening, but mostly I watched them with some awe. Once they get on a roll, there is no way you can stop them or get them to agree that what they are saying might not be true. If you catch them in a lie, they just keep talking and there is no way to shame them. It doesn’t matter if you have absolute proof that something is false, they just keep talking.
I think the people who are by nature “con” persons. It has been something that they were either born with or was passed to them in their formative years. Maybe it was just something they got from lying to their mothers or teachers and it worked.
Every day of our lives we are bombarded with sales pitches on the television or in the newspapers and magazines we read. Many times the sales pitch includes words that say “absolutely free”. We all know that it can’t be true and I have so much time on my hands that I have pursued a few of those claims. The other joker is giving a huge percent discount. I always wonder what the price was in the beginning. I remember a furniture store in Portland that had a going out of business sale that lasted for years and years. I should go there some time to see if they ever made it.
Every day I go to my Post Office box and find some letters or brochures either offering me a great deal on something I would never use or already have. There are always requests for funds for what might be a legitimate cause and if I do send them a few dollars, I am sure that my name will go out to hundreds of organizations or projects.
There are a lot of good deals out there and the trick is to find them when you have the money. .
We may have a plethora of “cons” going these days but the good guys are the winners! Lets all stay in the game!
If you find someone trying to sell you something that sounds too good to be true and you don’t buy it, then you make the difference!