The Inner Workings of a Criminal Mastermind

December 3rd, 2009

The inner workings of a criminal mastermind.
Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to another thrifty episode of The Thursday Blog – the only Blog in history to be pleaded by Google to let them put ads on it. It is nothing personal Google, I just want to wait and see if you are a reputable website that will still be around in 6 months or so.
With a new born things but still on time off from work I do get a few hours each day to think and to write so I tried something new this week. I wrote a really practical episode about Performance Skills that could be really useful to any public speaker, MC or performer. Seeing The Thursday Blog is Your Mid-Week Guide to Life, not a practical way to improve performance skills, I decided to give it to anyone who wanted it. So check it out and read all the other fantastic posts by the regular writers: Miss Sarah http://kidsministryrevolution.com , Mike Vogel
http://vogelpedia.com/ , Cadu http://foronechild.com/ , and previous guest blogger at The Thursday Blog – Sam Luce www.samluce.com
Now I got up to one other thing this week that makes such a good story, so I am going to give it to you and you can derive your own life lesson from it. This is because we are going to observe something so complex, so ingenious, so dare I say impressive (I guess I dare) that the different applications are so numerous it cannot be contained in the 800 word self-imposed threshold. We are going to delve into:
The inner workings of a criminal mastermind
I am not condoning breaking the law but what happened last week was so good I could make an exception. It is like when the Oceans 11 team rob a casino, even though it is against the law you can’t help but love it. The person who did such amazing thing last week was “me” and the number of laws broken were “0″…but what I did was so brilliant that it seemed to be illegal and a bunch of high-priced lawyers still won’t admit that I am not in the wrong. It all started with a phone call:
“Hello Toys R Us”
“Hey, its Dan”
“umm………… do I know you?”
“No, I just wanted to pretend that you should know me for a laugh”
“umm…… ok”
“Wow, no sense of humour yet working in a toy store, good choice”
“What?”
“I said ‘Can I speak to the video games department…that would be choice”
“…………. Hello Video Games”
“No, the name is Dan you must of mispronounced it”
“umm……………… do I know you?”
“Fortunately no, now are you selling the new Mario Wii game?”
After a little while the guy let me now that they do sell this game and it was at the low price of $70 AUD – a good $9 cheaper than anywhere else. I asked if I could get one tomorrow and he said there was plenty in stock so come whenever. I drive out of my way to get to this centre the next day and pick up the game. The guy scans it and tells me it is $80. I explain that I was told it was $70 and he said “oh yeah, we had a 3 day sale. It ended yesterday!!!”
Slightly gutted, I decid to go upstairs to a store called JB HiFi because they had it for $79 but more importantly (because I am not that cheap) I had a gift card there. I found the game and saw a sticker saying “trade in 3 Wii games and get this for free”. Now usually video game places have a list of 30 games they will accept but after questioning the staff they have a list of 70 games they don’t accept (the ones that came out in the first few months of the wii) and everything else is good. Here is where enters the mastermind. The next series of events seemed to happen very quickly.
- I went downstairs to another game place
- I raided the bargain bin
- I found and purchased 4 Wii games for $80 that seemed to be not too old.
- I removed all the stickers
- I went upstairs and presented my stash with fingers crossed
Not only were all of them not on the list therefore were able to be traded, but he scanned them individually and 3 of them were worth $15 so we used them as the special 3 games to get Mario for free. This made a $79 purchase only cost me $60 but the 4th game scanned up as being worth $27!!!! I needed to buy a $25 gift card for a secret santa gift anyway, so they gave me that and $2 in cold hard intelligent cash.
The mastermind had beaten the system and is now current investing in his next task: winning the Mario game.
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Dan

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to another thrifty episode of The Thursday Blog – the only Blog in history to be pleaded by Google to let them put ads on it. It is nothing personal Google, I just want to wait and see if you are a reputable website that will still be around in 6 months or so.

With a new born things but still on time off from work I do get a few hours each day to think and to write so I tried something new this week. I wrote a really practical episode about Performance Skills that could be really useful to any public speaker, MC or performer. Seeing The Thursday Blog is Your Mid-Week Guide to Life, not a practical way to improve performance skills, I decided to give it to anyone who wanted it. So check it out and read all the other fantastic posts by the regular writers: Miss SarahMike Vogel, Cadu and previous guest blogger at The Thursday Blog – Sam Luce.

Now I got up to one other thing this week that makes such a good story, so I am going to give it to you and you can derive your own life lesson from it. This is because we are going to observe something so complex, so ingenious, so dare I say impressive (I guess I dare) that the different applications are so numerous it cannot be contained in the 800 word self-imposed threshold. We are going to delve into:

‘The Inner Workings of a Criminal Mastermind’

I am not condoning breaking the law but what happened last week was so good I could make an exception. It is like when the Oceans 11 team rob a casino, even though it is against the law you can’t help but love it. The person who did such amazing thing last week was “me” and the number of laws broken were “0″…but what I did was so brilliant that it seemed to be illegal and a bunch of high-priced lawyers still won’t admit that I am not in the wrong. It all started with a phone call:

“Hello Toys R Us”

“Hey, its Dan”

“umm………… do I know you?”

“No, I just wanted to pretend that you should know me for a laugh”

“umm…… ok”

“Wow, no sense of humour yet working in a toy store, good choice”

“What?”

“I said ‘Can I speak to the video games department…that would be choice”

“…………. Hello Video Games”

“No, the name is Dan you must of mispronounced it”

“umm……………… do I know you?”

“Fortunately no, now are you selling the new Mario Wii game?”

After a little while the guy let me now that they do sell this game and it was at the low price of $70 AUD – a good $9 cheaper than anywhere else. I asked if I could get one tomorrow and he said there was plenty in stock so come whenever. I drive out of my way to get to this centre the next day and pick up the game. The guy scans it and tells me it is $80. I explain that I was told it was $70 and he said “oh yeah, we had a 3 day sale. It ended yesterday!!!”

Slightly gutted, I decid to go upstairs to a store called JB HiFi because they had it for $79 but more importantly (because I am not that cheap) I had a gift card there. I found the game and saw a sticker saying “trade in 3 Wii games and get this for free”. Now usually video game places have a list of 30 games they will accept but after questioning the staff they have a list of 70 games they don’t accept (the ones that came out in the first few months of the wii) and everything else is good. Here is where enters the mastermind. The next series of events seemed to happen very quickly.

- I went downstairs to another game place

- I raided the bargain bin

- I found and purchased 4 Wii games for $80 that seemed to be not too old.

- I removed all the stickers

- I went upstairs and presented my stash with fingers crossed

Not only were all of them not on the list therefore were able to be traded, but he scanned them individually and 3 of them were worth $15 so we used them as the special 3 games to get Mario for free. This made a $79 purchase only cost me $60 but the 4th game scanned up as being worth $27!!!! I needed to buy a $25 gift card for a secret santa gift anyway, so they gave me that and $2 in cold hard intelligent cash.

The mastermind had beaten the system and is now current investing in his next task: winning the Mario game.

Have Fun

Dan

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One Response to “The Inner Workings of a Criminal Mastermind”

  1. Jeff Hawkins Says:

    THAT’S freakin hilarious! You have beaten the system of “video game companies ripping us off of our good games by making us sell them back to them for like $2″

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