I can’t stand a con. I can’t stand it when someone lies to me even when I know they are lying and hell, sometimes they even know that I know they are lying. Yeah, you been there too. It’s probably one of the reasons why I despise Trump so much…he’s all of that crap.
I mean, America is really a GULLIBLE society. Even today, I see on Facebook where someone “shares” and “likes” a Kroger coupon, or a Taco Bell coupon, or even a post where if you share it…you’ll get a $1000. And PEOPLE fall for this shit…over and over and over again…and then they watch Fox, and they fall for that crap too. Seriously, do they ever learn? So trusting the “too good to be true” doctrine is not difficult to me. Very few things in life come FREE or without strings attached.
Why am I so distrustful of people. I’m not distrustful of all people, but sometimes if that person gives off that “aura” of dishonesty or con, then yeah my radar goes up and I’m skeptical of anything and everything they say or do. I don’t know when this gift I call my “antenna of distrust” began. I can think of a couple of earlier instances where I wasn’t quite as observant to someone trying to scam me or lie to me, but one in my adulthood is very easy to remember.
Let me set the scene for you. I was a 22 year old sailor and working the lab. It was my last year in the Navy. I was stationed in Charleston, SC and worked in the laboratory. For a few weeks, almost every day a corpwave (female sailor) would come over to my area and make small talk with me and another tech that was working with me. She would laugh and make jokes and flirt really heavy. Both myself and my co-worker were both married, so I wasn’t really interested in her. She was a very pretty girl and I gotta admit that she was heavy on the flirting part. The more she came to the lab and my area, the more flirty she got. Now, I wasn’t Tom Selleck back then, but I wasn’t an ugly baboon either…something just didn’t sit right with me, so while I entertained her stories and jokes, I always had my guard up. My buddy on the other hand was much more receptive to her (just falling short) advances.
One day she comes over…looking good of course and she calls my buddy over to where we were and she pulls in close and whispers that she wants us to “come over to her house tonight”. I said to her, “What for?” She could tell I was slightly irritated, but maybe she could see the other guy getting pulled in…she continued, “I got something you guys are REALLY gonna like”. I said, “What is it?” She said, “I can’t tell you, but if you come over to my house tonight, you’ll not be sorry!” She gave us her address and directions and told us what time to be there.
As soon as she left, I told my buddy, “I’m not going over there, I think it’s some sort of scam or something”. He said, “No man, I think we should go over there…it might be fun”. “NOPE” I said! And I didn’t go, but he did.
Next day at work, my buddy comes up to me and says, “Man you ain’t gonna believe this shit! When I got to her house and walked in…there were chairs lined up in rows, like 20 chairs. She had refreshments and people started coming in and sitting down. The next thing I know, there’s an AMWAY salesman speaking to us all and telling us how much money we can make by selling AMWAY. He didn’t sell any Amway, and I didn’t fall for the tactics used to scam people. I’m a firm believer in “if it seems like it’s too good to be true…then it is”.
Needless to say, the beautiful young lady didn’t seem to make it to our department anymore. I’m not saying I can spot every scam…I can’t. But I can tell you that I still have that “antenna of distrust”, and it works more often than not.
Now, going back to my very first paragraph above…my “antenna of distrust” went off the charts when I first heard of Donald Trump, way back in the mid 1980’s. I could describe how I feel about him, but to be honest…the person that describes him best was when Mitt Romney gave Trump a character reference in the spring of 2016.
I just love quoting this… Mitt Romney said,