Wasted a scammers afternoon and gas money using a fake facebook account for insulting me weeks earlier.
Back in September I went to look at a pair of moose antlers on facebook marketplace that my dad was interested in. He lives in a small cabin on my property and thought the antlers would look cool over his front door.
We get there, and the dude is clearly high on coke. Jittery, keeps wiping his nose, etc. We met him at a storage rental place, so he had to let us in with his code, and we were stuck in the facility until he let us back out.
We get to his rental unit and he gets the antlers out. They were very clearly fake. He'd said he'd spray painted them brown to make them look like they were still in velvet. It was obvious he'd sprayed them to try to make them look real. The weight was off, the color was off, there were several large cracks in them and you could see they were white inside, not bone colored. There were also several points broken off an the material inside was white and powdery, again, not bone. He kept insisting they could be fixed with some epoxy. Finally, tapping your fingers on them made a drum noise, so they were hollow inside.
At this point, I hadn't said a word at all. I was just along for the ride with my dad. Dad politely tells the guy that we're going to pass, he thinks they are fake, thanks but no thanks.
This guy goes off the deep end, screaming at us, calling us all sorts of names, insulting us, our mothers, etc. Then he starts screaming at us that we were locked in there with him and weren't leaving until he was ready to go.
Dad and I get in the truck, and luckily another customer was coming in to their unit and we were able to get out of the locked gate when they came in.
We both thought it was hilarious, how off the wall this guy acted and how fake the antlers looked in person.
I stew on this for a few weeks and finally come up with a revenge plan. I didn't say a single word to the guy and he insulted my entire family tree, wife, intelligence, etc.
I create a new facebook account with the dumbest old person name I could come up with. Then, I use a bunch of "Hide the pain Harold" photos to populate it with. Then start adding as many friends as I can, posting dumb crap about old black and white movies, my prostate, etc. Spent a few days craploading this account as much as I could.
Then, once the account was 2 weeks old and I could get on facebook groups, I go to a few of the groups I knew this guy was on and find some of his items he had for sale. Luckily, he had 2 large bookcases for sale. Great, something big and awkward to move around.
Next, I do some research and find the most pain in the butt location in my city to get to. I pick a place that has no highway onramps so it takes at least half an hour to get to it off the highway.
I message him, and I ask if he would deliver since I only have a sedan. AND HE SAYS YES! For $50 to cover his gas and a helper because they would take 2 people to move around.
We setup a date and time, and I tell him I'm going to meet him at a nearby grocery store, since my house is hard to find.
Finally, the time arrives. He messages me that he is at the grocery store. Now I come up with every annoying old person slow thing I can think of. "I'm putting my shoes on". "My wife is in the shower and I can't leave in case she slips" then "oh, we've not gone anywhere in so long because of this china virus, my car battery is dead"
Mr. Scammer finally asks for my address and says he will find the place. I get on google maps and find the most pain in the butt street to get to, knowing he's driving a full size van and towing a trailer with the bookshelves. So I find a street in the very center of a old badly laid out neighborhood, got on street view, and look for where the house number stop, and pick a number a few above that one. I test it in google maps, and google maps isn't smart enough to know that house number doesn't exist! It just points you at the end of the dead end street!
So I relay this address. Of course I make sure to mess it up a few times and get him lost in the process. After about 90 minutes he messages that he can't find that house number but he's on my street, can I please come outside?
I reply back with "No Thanks."
Him "No thanks, what?"
Me "I walked out there and saw them, not interested in buying."
My facebook account blows up for the next hour with him trying to call me, video chat, sending all kinds of horrible messages about how I'm a liar and a cheater.
I never respond back. I check it occasionally and about every 2 weeks he sends me a nasty message still. Dude had no idea who it was that messed with him, or why it happened. I'm kind of debating about doing it again.
submitted by MediocreFisherman
Almost got kidnapped, i'm in shock
First of all sorry for my grammar mistakes, english is not my native language.
Long story short I (24F) went out to a bar with a friend of mine (22F); it's a really small bar few people know of but it's fun if you just want to have a drink and chat. It has a "speake easy" downtempo kind of vibe.
Anyway we had two drinks each and went out so we were practically sober and aware of our surroundings.
In my country, there's this "code" between kidnappers in which they leave a random object above your car (like a cup of coffee for example) in order to "mark" your car so that other kidnappers can know that car is driven by a potential victim.
So, we went out the bar and my car was parked right in front of the door and the first thing I saw was a random cup on top of my car and two random guys standing a few feet from my car facing us drinking coffee.
My friend jokingly said: "Hey! You got a free cup"
And I jokingly answered: "Yeah I bet somebody is trying to kidnap us"
Now this is were everything turns bad because the guys immediately after my comment changed their expression in their face. I thought it was all in my head but then we got in the car my friend said to me: "Lock the doors. Move Fast. Be smart."
She noticed too.
At this point I started the car and one of the guys standing in front of my car starting walking towards us (specifically towards my car door since i was the one driving) while the other ran across the street to reach a car they were driving (i saw this in the mirror).
I hit the accelerator in reverse mode to get out of the parking spot and the guy almost starting running to reach my door while the other was hopping into a white jeep cherokee and the only thing i saw was the green traffic light standing 500 feet away; i hit the accelerator again in order to lose them.
Everything that happened after that it's just me driving as fast, smart and carefully as I can in order to reach my friends' apartment safe.
I am home now. With my mom, dad and sister.
While everything was happening I was surprisingly serene, but now I am thinking of everything that could've gone wrong and didn't. Thinking about how much my family would've suffered..., it breaks my heart. The story may not sound as much but honestly I can't sleep and I just need a hug.
Ladies: be careful. Be smart. Be present and move fast.
Thank you for getting this far in the story. I appreciate you are taking your time to read what I have to say.
Edit: I've been reading you and I want to say thank you for your kind words and advice!! Receiving this much love and encouragement makes me feel like I'm being hugged by you all. I've been considering buying a taser for a while to keep me safe and now that this have happened... I might go and pick one today. Also, thanks for the awards!!
Edit2: Many people are wondering if leaving an object on top of your car is actually a thing or wondering if it is a strategic move or a dumb one. I know it seems dumb but the logic behind doing that is that while you're distracted taking away whatever they leave on top of your car they grab you from the back and take you away.
Also I must clarify that every single bar in that area was already closed by the time we got out and not a single one that I know of serves drinks in a disposable cup neither let you leave with your drink in hand since it's illegal in my city.
Edit 3: Since a lot of people are asking: I'm from Mexico. A country in which 10 women per day are kidnapped, raped and killed for no other reason that: "she seems like a good laid and an easy target."
submitted by MythosMedusa