Sunday, March 18, 2012

Who said "There's a sucker born every minute?"

It wasn't P.T. Barnum!


According to the Albany Times Union newspaper's website, "the Times Union’s Advocate blog, written by Chris Churchill... is the newspaper's consumer affairs and government watchdog column, with a mission to expose unfairness and help set things right for our readers."

This week the advocate goes after gas stations that post prices fooling motorists into thinking they are selling gas cheaper than the guy down the street. After you pump you find out that instead of paying less you've just paid between 10 and 12 cents a gallon MORE!

But there's stuff in the paper that fools people-sheeple as well... I found TWO in today's edition:

In the Sunday TU classified section, there's a whole row of "Prayer to the Blessed Virgin [Never Known To Fail]" adverts.

I'm curious to know who changed the wording to say that YOU MUST PUBLISH the prayer in order to have it answered? Was it someone in a newspaper sales department? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't such ads previously say something like "say the prayer 9 days and when answered you must publish" --- something like that? Hmmmmm...

And in the PARADE magazine, an ad for the biggest suckers of all: If you are "lucky enough to find your zip code" (of course you'll find it, wink-nudge) then "you will be permitted" to order an overpriced crappy digital TV antenna --- PLEASE DON'T --- here are two excellent antennas you can Google up : Mohu LEAF-01 and the Winegard SS3000 Amplified Indoor UHF/VHF TV Antenna (SS-3000).

Don't become another "SUCKER!"
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