Not what you expected
Shingle Springs, California
February 15, 2013 12:32pm CST
So I get these e-mails from AARP. Some of them have useful tips, or information about health, jobs, travel, etc. Yesterday, I got one about avoiding romance scams. It said that a lot of romances that start online end up with one person sending the other one money. And then it went on to talk about a bunch of totally unrelated scams. Mind you, the information was somewhat interesting, but it didn't match the headline. They weren't romance scams, and I feel like I was drawn in by the headline, and fed something else. I didn't like that. Does that annoy you? A couple of days ago there was one that had tips about things you could do for your health. The first one kind of surprised me. It said that when using a public restroom you should go into the first stall. Most people go past it to another stall, so the first stall tends to have fewer germs. Funny, I always go for the 2nd stall or the third one. I think I just assumed more people would grab the first one. What about you guys? Do you all automatically go farther back? What would you have expected to read about if you had seen those headlines?
3 people like this
• Boise, Idaho
16 Feb 13
Yes, it does annoy me. I have heard some men say that they don't want any foreign/asian women because they just want money. First stall huh? Makes sense. I usually go to the second or third too. I wonder why. I expect to read what the headline says I would think. ALthough I understand how they must get their readers interested.
16 Feb 13
Almost every week I get such type of email that a person is begging me to handle a large amount of cash (usually several millions of dollars) and he/she will give me a good percentage of the cash. I am getting bored of this kind of emails :(
18 Feb 13
Haha! I always go past the first stall. I guess it makes sense. If everyone thinks that way, then nobody actually uses the first stall. As far as the other question, I hate when I read stuff like that, where the headline doesn't match. I read one that said, "Tricks $3,000 this year." aso I read it and it was ways to save money but it was obvious ways like; cancel your cable, turn the lights off when you leave, buy food in bulk. I was like, yeah, those aren't tricks, that's common sense.
• Marion, Kansas
16 Feb 13
I would expect more about the romance scams than what you were given. I knew about the toilet stalls, think I read it in Prevention a long time ago. I always take a look at whatever stall I go into, sometimes the first one is cleaner but other times it is not.
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 13
Thinking about it I actually go into the first stall, if it looks clean I will use it, sometimes men can be so disgusting and disgraceful that I have to go into the second cubicle because the first one is well you know YUCK! They have a crafty way of ensnaring you by giving a juicy headline, kind of like a honey trap, then you can't help but read the other stuff, which as you say is totally unrelated.
• United States
15 Feb 13
I think that there is a certain irony in doing sort of a bait-and-switch in an article that is supposed to be about romance scams. I, too, would have been expecting that the article be wholly devoted to romance scams; they are certainly prevalent enough to warrant an entire article, and a writer could easily find enough information to support an article specifically devoted to that topic.
15 Feb 13
Well laying around there are all kinds of scams, this, unfortunately, does not surprise me at all! But the thing that I'm very surprised, when I read your discussion, I will focus the attention on the fraud of lovers! Frankly speaking, I never expected we got even with these points! The rest where you have described the bathroom as stables, and more, they know almost the taste of the classic urban legends. Take care!