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Do I Look Like a Fool?

I had just left my office parking lot, and was sitting in the line waiting for a red traffic light to turn green. It had been raining all day, and was it was still pouring down. A minivan comes to a stop beside me in the lane to my right.

The driver rolled down his window — it was a younger guy with a shaved head. He motioned with his hand for me to roll down my window. I figured he needed to ask for directions or something. I flipped the switch to roll down my passenger side window.

“Dude!” he said shouted with a big smile, “You just won a new entertainment system!”

I immediately rolled my eyes.

“No, really,” he said. He pressed the button on his door to roll down the back window of his van.

My window was going up before his got half-way down. He waved at me and shouted, “Seriously, dude!”

“Go away,” I said just before my window closed all the way. (Thinking now, I wish I had said something stronger, ’cause that would make me seem tough and edgy.)

He apparently gave up on me, and pulled up a little further in his lane. I pulled out my cell phone and took a picture of his license plate just before the light ahead of both of us changed to green. I took one more picture before he got out of range.

This makes me wonder what are these kinds of guys looking for in a sucker? What about me or my car told them that I might be stupid enough to fall for whatever con they were trying to pull?

And even if I fell for the set up, what exactly were they expecting me to do? I mean, we were in heavy traffic, with rain falling, and we were in different lanes for opposite directions. If I were the idiot they hoped I was, I’d have a hard time figuring out how to connect with these guys to collect my “prize.”

I really hope (though I realize it’s probably a lost hope) that there aren’t people in this world dumb enough to fall for this kind of set up. That was ridiculously lame.

“Oh, wow! Really? I won a new entertainment system by just sitting in my car at an intersection! I’m really lucky today!”


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