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You're on the wrong forum. There are certain ones that track people down lol. They're quite good at it.
...Oh yeah, that's right. Makes everything I've recently said kinda pointless.:frown2:You got screwed because you handed a perfect stranger $1000 and did not walk out with a motor.
That's it. It's that simple.
It does make me feel a bit better thinking of Alex stealing my money as a "scumbag tax." I grew up in a town where there weren't really any scumbags running around, so I've never really had to deal with them up until now.I'm so sorry to hear about your ordeal. I'm sure it must be maddening, but I agree with others. Don't waste any more of your life beating your head against this wall. Occasionally, we all must pay the scumbag tax – and decent people can only hope to minimize the impact. Those storied resolutions where the good guy wins and the bad guy gets what coming to him are pretty rare. Scumbags are a particular breed. They don't run the same software as decent folk. They live their lives in a deliberate way - purposefully maintaining the status of having little or nothing to lose. That enables them to become specialists in petty deceptions, scams, etc. while staying just a click off the grid and being just anonymous enough to be slippery. Scumbags constantly move from place to place – job to job – staying just a step out of reach from creditors, courts, and cops. As long as they don't cross the wrong person or get too greedy, scumbags often cruise their whole lives – living just on what they can hustle-up. So they're always hunting for situations to exploit, people to deceive, or ways to benefit from cracks in the system.
I'm 46 years old and I grew up 20 minutes from Detroit … so I've dealt with (and been stung by) my fair share of scumbags. I won't pretend I have them all figured out, but in my experience, scumbags tend to be likeable, persuasive, and charismatic – a practiced personality used to disarm and charm the unsuspecting decent folk. Every word that comes out of their mouths is intended to make you like them, believe them, and trust them to hold-up their end of a bargain. But you have to realize, these are the same guys that avoid paying child support, the same guys that know how to delay an eviction, the same guys that sign-up for utilities under a pet's name, etc. Plus, they all know how to cleverly turn their problem into your problem. They're good! The rub is, we all intuitively know scumbags when we see and hear them, but we're handicapped by that little liberal splinter in our minds that says, “Don't judge a book by its cover.” So even when our intuition is screaming STOP! STOP! STOP!, we still occasionally fall victim to the scumbag charms. And then it's too late.
Unfortunately, petty theft and property crimes are WAY low on the law-enforcement priority list – plus you can't hunt them down and shoot them yourself. So the best you can do is try to detect and avoid scumbags all together, just understand you will never defeat them – simply because you play by the rules and they don't. In the end, seeking restitution from the scumbag is a futile endeavor. It will only suck more money and energy out of your life. So don't bother. He didn't win. You'll always be the better man, and he'll always be a scumbag.
Receiving parts, THEN paying money = smart man.Yo Brett if it helps you feel better I bought a drive train off of craigslist recently and because of this thread i was more cautious than even normal. We agreed on the price and i agreed to help him pull it. He was like well do you want to handle the money and bill of sale now or after? I handed him the cash when everything was in my possession ha ha. Definitely had my kimber .45 on me.
Ive done the same, I found a 2011 dodge Ram I liked with leather and everything, drove 2 hours and found it had been a rental and had another previous owner, bald tires, caved in rear bumper, a lot of missing screws in the wheel well liners. Decent price but they said it was mint. Walked my ass away and never talked to them again.Nah man, don't let one asshole make buying parts any harder than it needs to be. There's assholes like that on Facebook sales sites, Ebay, etc. Some people just want to screw people over, no matter what. Just go into it expecting there to be a catch, be prepared, and if you aren't getting exactly what you want right now, walk away with your money in your pocket. I've walked away from car deals I've driven over two hours for because things weren't like in the ad, etc.
Hmmmm...... Let me think for a little bit...OP. You wouldn't happen to be in school while working would you?
I’m not taking some guy to small-claims court because of $1000 when I have school and a job to worry about.
Due to school and work taking up damn near all of my time, I knew would have to file in small claims.
I missed school and work to make the court date.
Because of school and work taking up damn near all of my time, I couldn’t get ahold of any legal professionals that would give me the time of day.
I decided “**** it, I don’t have time to deal with this case. Maintaining my grades in school and my reputation at work are both a helluva lot more important than some asshole that probably steals for a living.”
Naaaaahhhhhhh,:grin2: I don't think I work while going to school. Only a stupid 19-year-old dummy would do that.It also didn't help that I'm in school, working part-time after school, and working full-time on the weekends. I have little to no time to track Alex down.
Yeah, I've never heard of this Hot Bench show either. But hell, I don't give a dead bull's last **** if my case is aired on TV or not.Idk, if it's legit it could be a decent "**** you" to Alex and a good chance to publicly embarass him (to some extent, since I've never even heard of it).