Warning to Male Photographers!!
Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in dark parking lots, etc.
This is the first warning I have seen for male photographers. I wanted to pass it on in case you haven't heard about it. A 'heads up' for those males who may be regulars at camera stores, Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco, or even Wal-Mart. This one caught me totally by surprise.
Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping for memory cards and batteries. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.
Here's how the scam works: Two nice-looking, college aged girls will come over to your car or truck as you are packing your shopping into your vehicle. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. (It's impossible not to look). When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say 'No' but instead they ask for a ride to McDonalds. You agree and they climb into the vehicle. On the way, they claim they are aspiring models and start undressing. Then one of them starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.
I had my wallet stolen December 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also January 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.
So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of us male photographers. Warn your friends to be vigilant.
Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found even cheaper ones for $.99 at the dollar store and bought them out in three of their stores. Also, you never will get to eat at McDonalds. I've already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth from Lowe's, to Home Depot, to Costco, Etc.
So please, send this on to all the male photographers that you know and warn them to be on the look out for this scam. (The best times are just before lunch around 4:30 in the afternoon.)