Dear Fellow Reflectivites,
I've been a ham for almost 37 years and have found for the most part
that we're a pretty honest bunch of "characters." As in any other
endeavor, there are a few worms. It seems on a percentage basis hams
would be a bit more honest than the general populace. Over the years I've
had numerous dealings with other hams via the mails and only had a
problem once. Fortunately for me, and unfortunately for the other guy he
was in the next state to me. I fixed that up in a hurry when this guy saw
me at his front door. I simply smiled at him and politely asked for the
item I had purchased and never received. The poor guy, my age, started
to get very nervous and I thought he'd have a coronary. I thought this
was great, as I hadn't even threatened him yet!! (I never threaten people
as it then gives them an opportunity to get away, devise a plan or have
you arrested!) Apparently someone unexpectedly invading his private
little world was extremely uncomfortable. Bottom line, I got my money
back in cash. Obviously there is some risk in doing this. This guy could
be a psycho and blow you away or unleash his pit bull on you. The other
problem is distance vs. cost involved. Just might not be worth it, unless
you have a convincing person who lives near the sleazebag.
For long distance problems, don't threaten to contact the police or
JUST DO IT!!
I recently assisted someone I know in California track down someone in NY
who had defrauded his client out of approximately $8000 in CDs.
Unfortunately we didn't catch the guy, he's still on the run, but what a
pittance to pay to totally screw up your life for perhaps years to come.
There are almost invariably excuses (a few may be true.) In this last
case I contacted the wife (allegedly separated) who was so afraid of
party to the fraud, that she was very cooperative (after screaming at me
for about ten minutes and then learning what it was about!!)
Regarding payment, if I'm selling something-I insist on USPO Money
Orders. I cash them at my local P.O. as soon as I get them.
I hope some found this amusing. I'm not an enforcer or knucklebreaker,
though I do work in a form of law enforcement and deal with a lot of
Art, N2KA. .
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