by: the Common Constitutionalist
What happens when you give stuff away? Logically you think demand for the item would rise. I’m not talking about giving away a free pencil eraser with every hundred dollar purchase. I’m talking about something of real value.
By the way – for those under the age of 25, a pencil eraser is an old-fashioned manual delete function.
I’m talking about giving away free televisions or smart phones, etc., with no strings attached. Do you think you might have a line encircling your store three or four times over? Of course you would.
Or what if you were a dog or cat owner and someone steals your animal – holding it for an exorbitant ransom – and you pay it. Just don’t harm the animal, you say. There will be no police involvement – no investigation of any kind.
The animal is returned safely and all appears to be well – except that it isn’t. Because of this one incident, you have now become a citywide target for every criminal wishing to make a quick buck.
By simply giving in the first time, the criminal element now considers you a patsy and your animal the unwitting victim.