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A friend who worked in a second hand record shop told us about a Japanese guy who regularly bought "rare" records in their shop. One time, he was looking for a signed copy of "Never Mind the Bollocks".

They didn't have one. Four people and one magic marker later, they did. Ker-ching!

How have you been ripped off? Who did you rip off? Are you a British Gas customer?

(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:28)
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Glitish Brass
I was supposed to but I didn't.

Believe it or not, there was a time when some of the people helping you change your gas and electricity weren't complete shits. This was, however, a brief window of about six weeks, coinciding with my employment.*

Being a nice person, temporarily out of a job, I thought I'd give it a go for a few weeks. It sounded good to be able to help people save money. Believe me peeps, I really did believe that was what I was doing. I was scrupulously honest, and had a pretty good time for a few weeks, always telling people if switching wouldn't help, never forcing anyone (I wouldn't know how) and just kind of getting on with it. I made ok money, never loads like some people, and enjoyed meeting new people. It was fun.

Until I started to realise that I never, no matter what I did, made as many conversions as my colleagues. I didn't mind that, really, but I was intrigued as to how they did it. We each spoke to the same number of people, each did the same hours.. What was going on? It all became horribly clear when one colleague asked me to hold his clipboard while he filled in a few last details. Naïve and curious, I asked what he'd missed. 'Signatures', he said. This charm deficient scum was forging application forms, based on real people's details -' I just need your name for this survey love, just to show my boss I've been talking to people. No, course you don't need to sign anything'.

Torn by fear of a knife in the neck if I snitched, and my basic honesty, I managed to get the words out and tell my Manager. I'd like to say that the perpetrator was sacked on the spot, that each of the people he'd dealt with was contacted and told to check their suppliers, that his commission was withheld. I'd love to say that, but no. I was told that 'sometimes, you have to be a bit creative' and while I was never actually, explicitly told to lie or forge, it was certainly implied. So I quit, there and then, and am proud that I did.


*If anyone reading this begs to differ and thinks that any of these people are decent and honest please either a) tell them they are in the wrong job now before they have to work it out for themselves from the gnawing self hatred that gradually overwhelms them or b) if it's you, Leave. you will feel better, you will stop feeling like you need to be disinfected after work. Leave, now.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:00, Reply)

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