26 June 2008

Thanks for visiting the elderly, *ssface

I have a dozen blog posts I need to write but tonight I just can't because I am so furious.

My parents, as you know if you read this blog, are elderly. They don't get out much anymore, so they love to have visitors. Even the lawn guy has gotten used to getting coffee and cookies and having a nice long chat on the days he mows.

About a week ago, one of the "kids" from the old neighborhood called. He is about 55 now, LOL. He, David, was the second son of my parents' good friends Don and Blanche. He said he wanted to come visit on Wednesday.

They waited and worried all day yesterday, leaving him several phone messages (YOU know how old people are about schedules, right?). At about 6 pm, David called and said he had gotten a later start than he planned, yadayada, and would arrive between 10 and 11 today.

He came over. Mom talked his ear off for about 45 minutes. When there was a break in the conversation, the first thing he did was to ask to borrow money.

How much money? $6500.

I wasn't there but Mom said he had some story about how he has a work of art that needs to be photographed and reproduced so he can make money and the artwork is huge and out of state and he can't afford to travel because he is totally destitute, and oh by the way, his friend is waiting over in the Burger King parking lot and they have no gas and they are 100 miles from home and they have no food and they are starving.

Mom said David admitted to screwing up his life terribly and that he was very apologetic and said he had hurt a lot of people. She didn't give me the details but she said he told her.

She and dad gave him some money - not $6500 but I bet it had at least a few zeroes - and said they don't expect to ever be repaid. She also packed some sandwiches for him.

"We couldn't let him leave hungry," she said, with a pleading look in her eyes.

It just kills me that this scam artist waltzes in, after having burned all his bridges, knowing that there were at least two good, kind people he could use. I don't know what his deal is, but I have been around long enough to know how parasites suck off the elderly and the gentle.

It's not the money. It's the chutzpah. It's the idea that this jerk can pretend like he really wants to see my parents and then use them and their big hearts.

I have no idea if he is destitute or if there is an artwork or what the real story is. All I know what if David sees me coming, he had better run.

23 comments:

g said...

that's terrible. My great aunt was swindled in her 90s by a preacher, and lost almost everything.

You have to wonder, though. The impulse to help is such a positive thing. You kind of have to admire the generosity your parents exhibited. I guess she should have just given the sandwiches.

NotAMeanGirl said...

That completely sucks! Not that your folks were so generous to him but that he had the nerve to ask for it! I... people like that should not be allowed to reproduce.

Lisa said...

Oh, I'm angry FOR you. The fact that he would prey upon their kindness like that. I don't blame you... If I ever see him, he'd better run too! I'd be happy to kick his ass FOR you.

I hope karma kicks him in the balls!

Deidre said...

I've seen that happen in families before but not in neighborhoods. I can understand why you are angry, he presumed on the fact that your parents are good people. I'm sure they looked at him and could see the boy he once was instead of the person he is now.

It was sweet of your mom to give him the sandwiches though, I'd have done that too.

~ap said...

you can report him to the police. in fact, i most certainly would. i mean, if he's doing this, he's doing more. i hope your mom put bad meat on the sandwiches, and karma was instant.

:)

Sister Wolf said...

Man, that is some effed up shit.

I hope your parents won't let him do this again. I'm sorry I can't kill him.

Project Christopher said...

I'm astounded.

I'm curious, are HIS parents still living? If my child went to my friends to ask for money I'd be mortified.

I'm glad your parents are smart enough to realize the likely possibility that they'll never see the money again, but there's a fine line between a good heart and enabling someone like that. If they ever want to toss money out the window again, I could use some new running shoes!

SUEB0B said...

No, Christopher, both his parents have passed. They left him their house, which was paid for, but he remortgaged to the tune of $250k - all gone. Now the house is for sale with no buyers and yadayadayada.

Count Mockula said...

What a scumbag cuntface douchenozzle! I'm sorry for dirtying up your comments section, but that just makes me mad!

Average Jane said...

I'd be furious, too! It's bad enough when relatives mooch, but it's downright criminal for a non family member to pull that crap.

Mary Alice said...

I just wandered into your blog from somewhere and I have to agggghhhh. What kind of car were they driving? So I can find it and slash his happy tires and yank the money out of his little egocentric hands. What a jerk...and your parents....well.....I have elderly parents too...it can be trying.

QT said...

This is so unfortunate. As someone said, there are those that can't hide the impulse to help. That guy will get his due.

jessica said...

My mouth is hanging open. Wide. Wow.
The two of us could probably take him...

Karen Sugarpants said...

What the hell? I'm angry right along with you - the nerve!

Maggie said...

wow. parasitic blight. why is it that people like that seem to feel that the world owes them so much? he may admit he's messed up, but he sure isn't doing a lot to rectify that now is he?

Suzanne said...

Wow, that's is just evil in so many ways. I don't understand what allows people to use others like that. Count Mockula took the rest of the words right out of my mouth.

mar said...

argh! i want to punch that guy in the neck.
that's not really an appropriate response, is it?

meno said...

Oh my God! That god-damned low-down no-good asshole.

I HATE people who use other people.

West Coast Grrlie Blather said...

David's behavior screams "substance abuse problem."

I hope he has the chutzpah to return, I hope you're there, and I hope he calls you stupid.

TraceyTreasure said...

Can you post a picture of him so that we can all look out for him? I hope he has enough $en$e to pay your folks back if he turns his life around. You are so lucky to have generous, kind-hearted folks. I would have sent him packing without cash but with a full belly.
Hugs!

TraceyTreasure said...

BTW - West Coast Grrlie Blather made me seriously laugh-out-loud. :) I hope you got a kick out of that comment too!! You have some great friends!!

mothergoosemouse said...

What utter gall on his part.

Your parents are wonderful people, and it's wonderful that you look out for them.

Lumpyheadsmom said...

That's awful. I suppose it's too late to ask your parents to cancel the check?

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