THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
The events depicted in this article took place in the US five years ago...
At the request of the scammers, mothers, friends, cats, dogs and everyone involved, the names have been changed.
Out of respect for the ones who got ripped off (like me) the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.
There’s a famous saying that I wish I understood better before (and you should do now):
“You should never mix pleasure with business”.
As humans, it’s only through uncomfortable experiences that we get to learn, evolve, and occasionally become a little less trusting in people...
Like that one time when I was scammed by a so-called “friend”, or should I call him money lover instead?
The ugly treachery, the deception, the utter disgust of a lie, the lust for gold…
(Sorry, I’m writing this down after my drama class. We rehearsed Shakespeare, ha-ha.)
“As humans, it’s only through uncomfortable experiences that we get to learn, evolve, and occasionally become a little less trusting in people…”
Needless to say, I felt like a character in a Scorsese movie when in the end, trusting your friends is as dangerous as playing with a Cobra.
Don’t get me wrong, I like money and the freedom it affords you, like most people do. It helps me materialize my dreams, but I don’t look forward to making money by playing with people’s trust.
Here’s how the story began...
Once, after shopping for some groceries at the supermarket, I was looking at a beautiful Mustang in the parking lot, it was a recent model. You could tell that the owner was really fond and took care of it often, as it looked brand new, elegantly detailed & shining bright like a diamond.
Then, some guy said: “It’s so beautiful, it makes you ashamed of the car you have, doesn’t it?”
Turned around to realize that the owner of this beautiful beast was in fact, an old friend, which for the purposes of this article, we’ll call Fred Moneyhungry Lyingfriend. Well, just Fred, actually.
Fred, if you’re reading this, remember, these are just facts. And I still hate you!
Anyway, Fred and I studied together in high school and became best friends really fast. We had the same taste for music, chased after the same women, practiced the same sports, but mostly we shared the same passion for cars, spending countless hours fantasizing on the cars we dreamt on having, competing on who could do better in a race.
Then Fred moved to another city with his girlfriend after graduating because of a job opportunity and naturally, that’s when the “good times ended”. Years later he got back to run his own business and that’s where the downfall begun.
I was excited to realize that my best friend for years got back in town for a new beginning. For the first weeks, it all felt good, like the old days.
Fred opened a business of his own, a car detailing business that represented everything we dreamt of as students:
Working with all kinds of cars and making them look just dandy.
Or at least that’s what he said...
Everything was going great since my best friend had turned into my personal car detailer, but I soon found out he was neither a friend, nor a real detailer...
The first months, I was intrigued on why my car would get so dirty so fast, and why all of a sudden I had a few swirl marks on the paint that were not there before. Fred graciously explained me about the product he was using for my car and “VIP customers”. When I confronted him about these things, he came up with lame excuses that any cheap car detailer may tell (yeah, I’ve been scammed enough times to tell) like:
But as I persisted, he started getting annoyed, insisting I should trust a friend. I was delusional, thinking that a “true friend” wouldn’t change me for a handful of dollars, like this Judas eventually did. After all, I paid for the service like a regular customer and he was doing great with the business. I was gladly paying premium because I wanted him to succeed.
“Everything was going great since my best friend had turned into my personal car detailer but I soon found out he was neither a friend, nor a real detailer...”
Concerned that I was paying a hefty fee for “getting scammed on a monthly basis”, I talked about it with my then-girlfriend (who also ripped me off emotionally, but that’s another story).
I wanted to hear what she thought about it as she became friends with Fred's wife. I did not expect her reaction.
Intrigued, she immediately asked: “Is the product called [Insert exaggerated generic name here]?
To which I nodded suspiciously. How could she know about it? Was I the only one not in the loop? Something was odd.
She referred to a recent conversation with Fred’s wife where she told her about the massive success she was having with catalogue sales from a personal distributor who, as a favor, provided her cheap chinese knock offs for all sorts of products. It was working so well that it expanded incredibly fast, and eventually became part of the stock Fred acquired for his business...
So that was it!
That cheap moron was using a chinese ripoff of a detailing product that obviously did nothing but progressively damage my car, my wallet, our friendship and probably the whales, or something like that.
Everything started to make sense to me.
For about 90% of the time, Fred only wanted to hang out at his business where I ended buying something, but it didn’t bother me as I was “helping a friend”. Even in high school, he always looked up for his benefit first and then shared something with me, making it look like he was acting cool.
“... a chinese ripoff of a detailing product that obviously did nothing but progressively damage my car, my wallet, our friendship and probably the whales, or something like that.”
Sad and broken because of the news, I went to talk to Fred about it, and his reaction definitely settled things for me:
“So what, dude? Your car is looking mighty fine, we’re fine. Besides, if it took you this long to realize it, that means you are fine with the service you’re getting”, he replied with a smirk on his face.
We were done.
I walked away.
He did nothing about it.
And he was right. I didn’t realize it because our friendship clouded my better judgement. Fred managed to impose on me as friendship meant nothing to him anymore. He was just a business owner doing the bare minimum to get the maximum return by lying.
After that experience, I naturally became really uneasy with every car detailer afterwards, and still managed to get scammed a couple more times. But I did something this time...
I decided to become an expert on DIY detailing products. Obviously there are plenty of bad options out there, but one day I found the solution to all my troubles (car detailing troubles, that is).
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