Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Trickster

Peterborough Today:

Here is a story, a modern day fairytale, from the Peterborough evening Telegraph, told as a warning to you all but also the first tale in a long time which features a trickster - that most interesting of archetypal characters. It also features a fool but he is not named as such:

It really should have been titled 'the laptop that turned out to be a gold top'

A man bought what he thought to be a laptop computer, but when he got home and opened the box he was amazed to find it contained three litres of milk.

Two men were offering laptops for sale from their Ford van, which was parked on the roadside, close to the Somerfield store, in Eye Road, Peterborough.

Thinking he had a good deal the victim gave the men £150.

When he arrived home he opened the box to find three cartons of milk where the computer should have been.

The men were selling the fake goods on Friday afternoon.

Iain Allan, from Cambridgeshire police crime management unit, said: "This is another example of someone being conned into buying something.

"Never buy anything from someone you do not trust.

"If you see a trickster, I advise you to report him to the police straight away."

Anyone with information on conmen should call police on 0845 456 4564 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

15 March 2005

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