Imagine you’re sitting at home one evening, maybe drinking a beer and relaxing with your kids, when a huge ass moving van rolls down your street. At first you wonder who in their right mind would start moving at such a late part of the day, but you quickly shrug it off and keep doing your thing.
Three minutes later someone knocks on your door:
“Hi, I’m John and I came all the way up from Louisiana. I was wondering if you wanted to buy any furniture from my truck?”
Three things go through your mind:
- Furniture?? Why the heck are you selling furniture at 6 at night?
- Where the heck did that truck come from?
- Who are you?
This case of the shady truck happened to my mother-in-law last night, and she thought it would be something I’d enjoy hearing (she was right :)). It seems this buffoon had been hitting up the others in her neighborhood too, and fortunately everyone passed on their generous offer. (Though I wished they had peeked inside to tell us what was in there!)
Now I wasn’t at her house witnessing this event, or a part of any of the conversations there that were taking place, but with the few facts I have I’m 99.9999% sure he was out trying to offload some hot products. From a van he must have stolen and/or had someone’s furniture “accidentally” not make it to their proper home. (Why else would you be in a huge moving van?)
So today I’d like to take a poll and see how many of you would have taken him up on his offer :) Since I don’t know any facts on this merchandise or their prices, let’s assume he was offloading whatever furniture you happen to be on the look out for right now, and that it was SUPER cheap (as most stolen goods are). You don’t know 100% that they’re stolen, but the guy isn’t helping you think otherwise either.
- A) Pay the man and get your heavily discounted furniture
- B) Politely decline and tell him to go on his merry way
- Or maybe C) Do something else like call the police or blog about it? ;)
You know me by now that I’d never consider this in a million years (I’m afraid of going to jail!!), but I’m pretty sure others would accept this luck in a heartbeat :) And I wouldn’t hold it against you if you’re one of them! So let me ask you: Would YOU capitalize on this offer? And has anything like this ever happen to you before?
I’m gonna try and recreate their steps and try to get to the bottom of it all here today, but if you don’t hear from me again alert the authorities! They’re holding me for ransom and/or trying to sell me to a different neighborhood! ;)
PS: I can only think of one other reason they’re going door to door: The original owners didn’t want any of the furniture anymore, and told the movers to just “get rid of it.” So they try and unload it for some cash before sending it to the dump… a likely scenario, but not nearly as juicy ;)
(Photo by vxla)