Not what you expected

@dawnald (84155)
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?
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@celticeagle (115553)
• 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.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
Dang, I guess I had better stay away from Asian women...
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@celticeagle (115553)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Feb 13
Haven't you heard things about asian women online? I have for years.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
21 Feb 13
yeah, but no details or anything...
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• United States
16 Feb 13
I would find it annoying but if the information is at least would my interest, I'd probably let it go. As for the toilet stall issue.. all I can say is....
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• United States
16 Feb 13
at least worth* sorry...
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
Why stall when you can go into the first one? :D
• United States
20 Feb 13
LOL I have no words
@moshfeq (19)
• Malaysia
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 :(
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• Malaysia
16 Feb 13
Forgot to mention (though obvious) that these are typical scam emails. Some emails ask to deposit money, some ask personal information such as phone number, address etc.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
16 Feb 13
I head for the first one first but if a mssI go to the next clean looking one lolol
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
I have now started going for the first one...
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
20 Feb 13
Good luck!
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.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
Lemmings. lol
@jillhill (37399)
• United States
16 Feb 13
Isn't it strange that we do pass up the first stall...And yes it does annoy me when I think I am going to find pertinent info about something I really do care about!
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
Very odd. I had to think about it every time I went in, or I'd go straight to the 2nd one.
@toyota4k (1212)
• Philippines
16 Feb 13
I haven't seen those headlines but I ignore scams on my e-mail going straight to the spam folder.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
This wasn't a scam, it was an article about scams.
@ElicBxn (60441)
• United States
16 Feb 13
They always go for the headline that will make you most interested in opening the email - even if they barely touch on the subject once you do.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
Hmph I expected better from AARP.
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@GardenGerty (93698)
• 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.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
I expected a lot more than I was given...
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• Philippines
16 Feb 13
it is annoying yes. you feel as you are betrayed. but just think on the bright side, you said it was interesting, i assume you learned something from reading the email.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
I had heard of most of them, but not all.
@wolfie34 (26877)
• 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.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 13
Some women are pretty disgusting and disgraceful too! I had to laugh. The upstairs bathroom at work today had a sign up on how to properly wash your hands...
• 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.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Feb 13
Even the one they did talk about just basically said that scammers hit people up for money, hardly any details about it.
@alberello (4756)
• Italy
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!
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Feb 13
yes, lots of scams, but I was expecting an article about romance scams based on the headline...