Five Steps to Con a Mark

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Pleasant experience fleecing a mark on a flight to Pearl harbor

Submitted: April 28, 2017

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Five Steps to Con a Mark

 

 

 

 

Dedicated to Jennifer Crusie


 

 

The Dempsey Dynasty Con System

 

-get a smile

-get the mark to agree with you on something simple, a “yes” response is all you need

-make the mark feel superior

-give the mark something

-get what you want and get out

 

Stealing an idea looks a lot better if you make it sound  like it’s being appropriated for a good cause.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Henry the Traveller

 

-Seating Arrangements

 

-The Mark

 

-The Con

 

-Getting Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Henry the Traveller

  I am a widower wanting to do something more interesting in my last few years than indulging in solitary morbid contemplation which is why I’m sitting in a window seat (economy) on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu.  This is fulfillment of an idea planted many years ago by a working colleague, Charlie Mann, who in an earlier life had been a U.S. Navy pilot.  I respected Charlie because of his sanguine descriptions of night landings on aircraft carriers and because he had emphasized the need for all mankind to experience the holy ambience of Pearl Harbor.

 

-Seating Arrangements

I took my window seat feeling happy about the fact that I had arranged it some weeks earlier, a little service provided by United Airlines when  I first arranged my flight.  Things had been very busy during the boarding and I looked up to see that the passenger in the middle seat was a young lady, about the age of my early twenties granddaughters.  She smiled gently and commented that she wished she could have had the foresight to book a window seat.  I told her it was not hard to do and that United was very easy to work with.  Shortly after takeoff I excused myself to go to the restroom so that I could avoid the busier times which I knew would come later.

 

-The Mark

As I made my way down the aisle towards the restrooms, a tall young guy came up and stood self consciously in front of me.  “I’ll give you fifty dollars to trade seats” he said.  I knew I had my Mark and smiled, he smiled back.  “I thought I saw you looking at that lady back in the waiting room” I lied. “Yes” he answered .  I said “You sure have a lot more in common with her than an old guy like me.  I’ll do it but I think she’s worth one hundred dollars so think about that and let me know on my way back”

 

-The Con

 

He stopped me again on my way back.  “OK” he said, one hundred it is, reaching for his wallet”. “Just give me a moment to check with the flight attendant to make sure we’re not violating any rules” I said “I’ll be back in few minutes” 

 

I smiled at the flight attendant, we nodded and I turned back down the aisle pretending to have talked to my fellow passenger.

 

“Sorry my friend” I said to the Mark as he rose to meet me in the aisle. “She strongly refused to be considered as a negotiable entity and offered me one hundred and twenty five dollars not to make the trade. “I’ll give you one hundred and twenty five” he said but I told him I already had that.  “For one hundred and fifty I might be able to convince her because I can see how important it is to you”.  “OK” he said, “If you can do it you got a deal”

 

I sat back down in my seat and said to the young lady that I had just seen an old acquaintance and wondered if she would mind my trading seats for the flight.“I’m sorry to even suggest this selfish change but I’ll arrange it for you to take the window seat.”  “Alright” she said condescendingly with a smile.  I told her the flight attendant was ok with it as long as we switched back about 30 minutes before landing. “Thank you so much” I gushed,” just let me go back with the good news”.

 

 

 

-Getting Out

“It was tough but I convinced her by saying that she could have the window seat.Please don’t mention anything about money because, although she accepted,  I think she’s a little sensitive and could easily be turned off by the whole idea”, I told the Mark. “Tell her you gave up your seat so that I could be with an old acquaintance of mine”.He gave me the one hundred and fifty dollars and moved forward, happy about thinking he had done something for me as well as getting his own way.

 

“What did you do to my brother” said the young boy, about 10 years old, when I took my new seat next to him. I explained that his brother had asked for the change and wondered about their trip.  “We are going to Honolulu with our grandmother and I’m going to a kid’s camp” he said nodding to the sweet looking little lady in the window seat.  “Great, you can teach the other kids how to catch a fart in a sleeping bag and maybe your brother thought your grandmother would like some company”  as I smiled to her and she smiled back, replying with a “Yes”.


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