Opening with a quote from this morning’s Southland Times (online)—
EDITORIAL: It’s a wicked inversion that law abiding citizens are in lockdown while we still have scammers roaming around.
A doorstep trickster needs a bucketload of hubris to be showing up at a time when only essential-service providers are meant to be going about their work. But what these guys lack in conscience they make up for in confidence.
The fake private investigator who showed up at the door of a Balclutha property wore some trappings of authority, a blue padded vest similar to police issue, and was well-spoken.
All of which lent a measure of plausible menace to his insistence that he wanted to speak to the homeowner about an overdue account …
—all good clean fun, so long as he kept his proper ‘social distancing’.
For myself I’m always happy to politely request that “you don’t mind if I get a photo of you, and can you come back tomorrow after I’ve verified you? Excuse me just a sec while I close the door and go fetch my camera, I’ll be right back” … it actually works. Not that it happens all that often these days, and I just don’t know why. Spouse says it’s possibly something to do with my open friendly welcoming ways with cold-callers.