Sic et Non aspires not only to be a beacon of reason and sanity — which, plainly, it’s achieved with consistent success since its first entry (as measured, among other things, by the derision it’s unfailingly attracted from the unreasonable and the . . . well, from certain other types) — but to be useful in daily life.
Herewith, accordingly, a couple of important notices:
1) You might want to reconsider your use of those environment-friendly reusable grocery bags — that is, if you value your life and the lives of your family:
2) And — have I posted about this before? — don’t send money to friends suddenly stranded overseas without first being certain that they’re even there.
I received the following email early this morning, from an acquaintance:
I’m writing this with great grievance, My family and I came down here to Manila, Philippines on a short vacation, Unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed, All money, credit card and cell phones were stolen away from us, luckily for us we still have our passports. Our credit cards can’t be charged by the hotel as we already reported it as a stolen card and the card company had canceled it, we can only get a new one when we make it back home safely. We’ve been to the Embassy and the Police but they’re not helping issues at all, Our return flight leaves soon, we’re having problems settling our hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills. We are really freaked out here and we really need your financial assistance, I promise to reimburse you as soon as we return back. Please let me know what you can do so i can proceed by giving you all the details on how to get the funds to us here via Western Union.Kindest Regards,
This is scarcely the first such email that I’ve received. And it’s not only that I travel a lot and have many friends who do so as well. In fact, it’s not even because my friends seem to have a propensity for being mugged while abroad.
No. This is — brace yourselves! — a scam.
Or, if it’s not, I really am the callous and hard-hearted “monster” — that was the term one poster used for me yesterday — of my detractors’ fantasies. Because I’ve never, ever, stepped forward to help a single one of my friends when they’ve been caught in these situations.
The first time I encountered this particular criminal approach was early on the morning following a party at a friend’s house in Orem, Utah, that had gone until roughly 10 PM.
We were impressed to learn that she had just been robbed at London’s Heathrow Airport and badly needed our help. We marveled because she’d said absolutely nothing, just a few hours before, about her imminent trip to London and had seemed extraordinarily calm and relaxed when, plainly, her flight had probably already left. (How she still managed to catch it remains a mystery. I don’t believe that she and her retired BYU-professor husband own a private jet.)
Anyway, don’t send money to these scam-artists. And tell your friends and relatives not to do so. This may seem obvious to you, but the criminals involved wouldn’t keep sending out such emails if they didn’t bring in income. So somebody’s falling for them.
You and your friends and relatives should send your money to The Interpreter Foundation, instead.