Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes: Cannondale Road Warrior 800 & H400
Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
Trying to scam a scammer...not gonna happen.
A bicycle related scam. Every single day a guy would ride up to a border crossing checkpoint near San Diego on a bike. He said he wanted to go across the border for a few hours to shop. The border guards were suspicious. They search the guy. They search the bike. They x-ray the bike. Find nothing, and let the guy across the border.
This goes on, day after day, month after a month. Finally, one of the border guards can't stand it anymore. He says to the guy "If you will tell me what you are bringing across the border, you can come across on my shift without getting searched". The guy's answer: "I'm smuggling bikes."
Sounds much like the urban myth my mother used to relate 25 years ago, only that involved removing wheelbarrows from a factory, and in that story the guard didn't ask until it was the worker's final day at work.
As described elsewhere:
"One way of doing this is to take a look at some of the many web sites which catalogue Internet ruses, hoaxes and scams. Many of the incidents which are cited are sketchy and anecdotal. However, they should not be underestimated as a source of ideas. For example, what kind of stories does it seem that people want to believe?...
"Take the case of the employee with the wheelbarrow.
"Every night for twenty years, an employee left the factory pushing a wheelbarrow full of waste materials. On the day of his retirement, the guard told him: "Iíve seen you walk out of here every night, and I know youíve been stealing something. But I canít for the life of me see what it is!"
"Wheelbarrows" said the employee.
"This is a classic tale of misdirection...
"Needless to say, the above stories have been taken from hoax and scam web sites."