From the description of the tricks, I am really suprised people fall for this stuff. “Oh, just put ‘republican’ there, it’s just a formality.”
No one thinks to call the police when they hear that kind of line?
Well, I guess I myself thought about it but didn’t actually do it when someone did something similar to me. I signed a petition to have some thing or other put on the list of propositions that year, and then the girl who had asked me to sign flipped the clipboard over and asked me sign on the other side as well. (To my recollection, the other side was pink, leading to a natural assumption that this was just a second copy of the original that I had already signed.)
She didn’t describe the piece of paper I was about to sign, she just said “Oh and, sign this blank as well.” Like it was just a matter of course. And I almost did, until at the last instant I happened to catch out of the corner of my eye the fact that the proposition at the top was a different proposition–one, I should add, which was exactly the opposite of the kind of propsition I would have wanted to sign.
“Wait, what is this I’m signing?”
“Oh it’s for another propsition,” and she proceeded to describe the proposition, no sign in her voice that she had been caught trying to trick me.
I did think about getting police involved, and sometimes think I probably should have.