10/8/2013 6:01:00 AM Column: This scam has some men coming back for more
Jerry Jackson Courier columnist
Wife Pat has this cousin, Ray Estabrook, who has lawyered for just about all of his adult life in Santa Rosa, Calif., but whose roots were in Houston, Texas. He's a graduate of that city's San Jacinto High School.
Now, many of you non-Texans may not be aware of the significance of that San Jacinto reference, but it's the battleground where General Sam Houston's Texian troops defeated the Mexican army led by Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836, less than two months after the March 6 fall of the Alamo, with the battle bringing about Texas' independence. And the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site includes - in addition to the 1,200-acre site itself - a monument and the Battleship Texas.
The monument is 489 feet tall, and from its observation perch visitors are afforded a nice view of the city and the Houston Ship Channel and harbor. (As an aside, I recall a picture postcard depicting the monument that a high school buddy of mine, Ross Craig, sent to me back in the 1950s. He drew a line from the observation platform to ground level while providing an estimate of his finding as to how long it takes spit to fall from that vantage point to the ground. It was kind of a neat experiment that he pursued, but hardly scientific because he wasn't equipped with a stopwatch at the time.)
But enough of Texas history and back to a public service warning that the aforementioned Ray received from San Jacinto High's alumni association in its September 2013 newsletter, The Campus Cub. It was written by that guy Anonymous, who really gets around, and was headlined "Older Men Scam." It was accompanied by a photo of a geezer who looks a lot like ME! (Time, you know, wounds all heels.)
Anyway, here's the cautionary conundrum:
"Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in dark parking lots, etc. This is the first warning I have seen for men. I wanted to pass it on in case you haven't heard about it.
"A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular customers at Home Depot, Costco, or even Wal-Mart. This one caught me totally by surprise. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naïve enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.
"Here's how the scam works: Two nice-looking, college-age girls will come over to your car or truck as you are packing your purchases into your vehicle. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. (It's impossible not to look.)
"When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say 'No' but instead ask for a ride to McDonald's. You agree and they climb into the vehicle. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.
"I had my wallet stolen June 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, again on the 17th, 20th, 24th and the 29th. Also July 1st, 4th, 5th, twice on the 8th and 9th, and very likely again this upcoming weekend. So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of us older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant.
"Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found even cheaper ones for 99 cents at the Dollar Store and bought them out in three of their stores. Also, you never get to eat at McDonald's. I've already lost pounds just running back and forth to Home Depot and to Wal-Mart.
"So please, send this to all the retired men that you know and warn them to be on the lookout for this scam. (The best times are just before lunch and around 4:30 in the afternoon.)"
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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@Jerry Jackson "how long it takes spit to fall from that vantage point to the ground." [???] It wasn't spit time and trajectory he was testing for but what I did to a group of unsavory characters in a northern Ameri-zona canyon at over 600 feet straight down! I was so proud. I personally have never been able to cure myself of looking and my wife and friends understand and accept me even in spite of my fallibilities. I do know however if a college girl is coming onto me it has got to be a scam which I love to have run all the way through just to pretend again that I'm still as hot as I think I am. [NOT] I am also as funny as I think I am!!! I did go to home depot, Costco, and anywhere else I could look for this type of assistance from college girls but all I found was an area completely full of old wise men such as myself! The college girls must have been busy.