What’s the worst you’ve been scammed?
Asked at Ol’ Factory Cafe in Sand City
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Follow-up: What is a creative way to punish someone who is caught perpetrating a scam?
KELLY MCKAY | Massage Therapist | Seaside
A: I was scammed, bait and switch, by a local major electrical contractor who came in my house to fix a fuse and ended up creating a bigger job for which they charged $3,000.
Prison Rules: The penalty should be oriented towards educating them not to scam again, instead of jail time.
ERIC WAYNE | Hotelier | Monterey
A: I bought a fake diamond at a club from a guy who demonstrated them cutting glass. They looked real.
Hit the Streets: They could help the homeless. They should collect or distribute food to needy people but not be incarcerated, where they might learn more scams.
PAM CLARK | Waitress | Carmel
A: I paid $80 for a cab fare in New York City to the airport and found later the set fee was $42.
Serving Size: The punishment depends on the extent of the crime; if they stole a lot of money they shouldn’t be let off easily. For less serious crimes, perpetrators should do community service.