Weird transaction today, good ending, no crimes.

Weird transaction today, good ending, no crimes.

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    Weird transaction today, good ending, no crimes.

    I had a snowmobile advertised on Craigslist here in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Its kind of a tough sell, a 2006 Polaris RMK 900 with under 1000 miles on it. Not a popular sled because the preceeding year had serious engine defects. I got a call at 6:30 last night, caller ID says "Cell phone, Florida". The guy says he is about 50 miles north of me on a winter RV trip and they are buying the exact same sled early morning from a guy in Reno, and want to buy mine with trailer before noon. We discuss things and settle on a price, in cash. Then he asks me to deliver it and meet at the town market, for an extra payment for fuel, as motorhomes really eat gas. OK, I'll play, I have friends that need visiting there. He shows up, not in the pickup with hitch he said he would, but a car without one. He has his dad (about 50, seems nice enough) with him, he inspects the sled and likes it, and flashes a stack of cash. Now, I'm not too worried, because the usual CL robbery involves baiting someone to show up with cash, not a registered vehicle. He asks if i can follow him back to his brother's, near a small town known for drug addicts, although I'm not feeling the junkie vibe that I am good at detecting. OK, I have my .45 on my hip and an LCP in my Carharrt. Driving along I called a buddy on the cell and gave him a plate number road name, and description, told him I was going out of cell range and he should hear from me in two hours. Then the car pulls over, the guy comes back and says 'Dad's going to go back and get a 2 inch tow ball, I'll ride with you, I said OK. While he was going back to tell dad, I pulled .45 from right hip and put it under left thigh. We go down a long dead end forested road, and up a driveway. "Bro" comes out showing neck tattoos. Now I'm a bit concerned, but spot the motorhome and the other Polaris. The guy then pulls out $5500 in twenties and tens, neatly rubber banded in $500 bundles. I didn't see any signs of counterfeit, so I count it, sign some papers, all the while not letting anyone get behind me. We shake hands and i went home happy and relieved. Much ado about nothing, but my lesson is that it's not always as bad as it appears. Improvise, adapt, overcome. These guys are heading to Idaho, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, etc. I wish i could go.
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    A crap shoot that worked out... they don't always... Glad it worked for you......
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    WOW, glad it worked out for you, but I don't think I would have done that.
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    No way I would've let someone ride with me. You've either got bigger child makers than me or something!
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    Sounds like your spidey senses were working for you... but a little unsettling, no?
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    Glad it ended well,It's very possible we could be critiquing how some guy was selling his snowmobile and got killed,they found him in the stolen vehicle with the tag number he gave his buddy etc
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    I'd have told him give me the money and I'll leave the trailer chained to the parking lot lamppost until you can get back to pick it up. I don't live in the popular world of paranoia, but I don't purposely place myself in risky situations either.
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    I'm glad it worked out. I'll bet it was a little unnerving tough.

    It is really sad statement on our society when we are forced to be overly cautious and expect the worse in innocent situations like this. The bad guy lowlifes have made us distrusting of everyone. I wish it wasn't this way.

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    Whew.. you've got some bigger ga-ho-knee's than I.. glad all is well for you. AND you have cash for new toys, say the ones that go bang.
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    Good ending to a crazy tale!

    One thing I've found is that plenty of people really do lack the total understanding of what creates a bad situation. They don't pay attention to details and think nothing of changing stuff up midstream; never realizing how it might be perceived. I've been in some similar situations and I'm firmly convinced that these sorts of folks just don't have a clue. At least that's the way I'm going to take it since I'd rather not think that I'm overly paranoid and need to lighten up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TX expat View Post
    Good ending to a crazy tale!
    One thing I've found is that plenty of people really do lack the total understanding of what creates a bad situation. They don't pay attention to details and think nothing of changing stuff up midstream; never realizing how it might be perceived. I've been in some similar situations and I'm firmly convinced that these sorts of folks just don't have a clue. At least that's the way I'm going to take it since I'd rather not think that I'm overly paranoid and need to lighten up!
    There it is. I have been buying and selling a lot of items over the past few years and have run a cross some good business people, and many others who are totally clueless, but almost all of them have been good, decent people. Sometimes I have to do the dance to make a deal, or decide to walk away. I am a big boy and can handle myself in an altercation, but always remember the motto "Be prepared" and that "a fight avoided is a fight won". I live on the State highway and can sell things just by putting them in front yard. Last week i sold a 1952 Jeep M38A1, a full-size Aermotor windmill, and a P-38 fighter drop tank while making money doing work to another Jeep. My partner and I have been doing the "pickers" thing for around 15 years, and run across all kinds when knocking on doors. Most of them are nice folks, and a pleasure to meet, but a few are not. As we do so with a pocket full of cash, my local Sheriff thought that was a great reason for a CCW and we spent a lot more time talking about that than what his basic personal interview required. He said he would like to try that when he retires. I have called him back a few times about possible meth labs sites and stolen property dumps. In order to be good at the business of buying and selling odd items from strange locations, I have to be able to adapt, think fast, and pay attention to small details. Situational awareness goes far beyond self-defense, it is important in business and in personal interactions.
    Last night at the Elementary school play, I told a friend about the snowmobile deal, without mentioning weapons (and he does not know about my CCW), and he says kinda loud "Did you bring your gun?" . I am surrounded by parents in a school gymnasium and it got a little quiet around me. I responded "I was a Boy Scout, were you?", and the surround conversations continued. THAT may have been the worst moment of the day, almost getting made. Later on I was talking to a school official that has a ccw, and he told me after the last shooting he has seen a lot more people picking up the kids armed, but very poorly concealed.
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    No thanks I usually bring a buddy and don't take risks like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arborigine View Post
    Last night at the Elementary school play, I told a friend about the snowmobile deal, without mentioning weapons (and he does not know about my CCW), and he says kinda loud "Did you bring your gun?" . I am surrounded by parents in a school gymnasium and it got a little quiet around me. I responded "I was a Boy Scout, were you?", and the surround conversations continued. THAT may have been the worst moment of the day, almost getting made. Later on I was talking to a school official that has a ccw, and he told me after the last shooting he has seen a lot more people picking up the kids armed, but very poorly concealed.
    If I were them, I'd work on the conceal part. Now is NOT the time to get the MWAG call at a school. I can picture all the dads standing around, waiting for their kids just looking at one another.
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