Sunday, November 28, 2010

one every minute..

There was an article in the L.A. Times Saturday about Eddie Zhao, a private investigator who works in the San Gabriel Valley and has acquired quite a reputation for helping individuals, mainly Chinese immigrants, who have been scam victims.

A victim of a scam himself, which is what brought him to America from his native China, Zhao has done a lot to help folks in the community to get justice, or to prevent being scammed.

When I read the article, the first thing I thought was how sad that people do such things to each other in the first place, with absolutely no compunction. Then I thought how sad it is that people are stupid enough to fall for these scams, because without suckers, the scammers would quickly be out of business.

Yet there is one born every minute, as the saying goes.

We've all been victims in our lives. Like the time my sister told me if I held on to her stinky big toe I would fall asleep. And I held on and didn't feel the least bit sleepy and kept waiting to fall asleep until she started laughing. I was as stupid as the woman Zhao tried to help who put out $100,000 for delivery of a chest of gold nuggets she had been told was unearthed at a construction site.

I mean, how stupid can people be?? If something sounds too good to be true, then 99.9% of the time it is too good to be true. You don't get something for nothing. Well, maybe if you are a politician you do but then you have to sacrifice your soul and integrity to get it so you really don't get something for nothing.

Whether it be that miracle diet or easy way to a fortune in the stock market or even chasing after bargain lobster and crab specials at a Chinese restaurant, it remains the same that if something looks too good to be true, then it almost certainly is too good to be true.

The definition of insanity keeps showing itself every minute of every day, though.


Elisabeth L. Uyeda said...

Rickie! I read some of that LA Times article - still have it, meant to finish it up soon. Got inspired by the headline - sounds so much like a cool character out of a mystery detective novel, EDDIE ZHAO, P.I.

A modern L.A. Chinese version of Japan's Zatoichi!

Rickie Miyake said...

The article actually wasn't that long.. or maybe since it was about the SGV it seemed more interesting so it didn't seem so long. It just amazed me how there are so many ripoff artists out there and how they have absolutely no scruples.