Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Free Money!

There they are, sitting politely in the junk bin of my email, patiently waiting for me to dump them out. You know what I'm talking about, those stupid emails that want to sucker people into believing that by some miracle of fortune a bank in some foreign country can't track down one of their deceased account holder's relatives, and a savvy manager wants to slip the money over to you on the sly. Of course, he or she will be wanting a share of the cash... and I'm assuming there will be fees upfront to switch the account details, procedure, really.

What a sham. Do people actually fall for these emails? I would imagine that there are at least a few poor bastards out there that forked out some cash, dreaming of the day the millions would be wired over to their accounts.

What if something like that did happen though? What if some random stranger walked up to you and handed you a briefcase with a cool million inside? Would you quit your job? Pay off your house? Start a business? Pay off your debt?

Would you have the first house in your neighborhood that is totally "off the grid"? Or would you buy the biggest gas guzzling truck you could find since you could pay for all the gas you could possibly use? Would you go on a vacation? Donate to charity? How far will a million dollars, pounds, or yen take you? Is it true what they say? ("A million dollars isn't worth what it used to be.")

Creative Writing Prompt:


Laura Brown said...

I'd buy a little house somewhere and start a business. I'd only need to make enough to keep paying the bills as I'd have the rest of the million in the bank for anything big that came along. It would be nice.

Unknown said...

What kind of business? Do you already have something in mind? Maybe a small publishing company? Crafty-type goods?

Ken Armstrong said...

You can laugh but I got sixty eight million dollars by answering one of those emails.

Unknown said...

Haha! You funny guy!

talk said...

I don't even have to open them. They go directly to trash!

Good writing! Maybe you'd like to join the Blog Challenge Award.



Laura Brown said...

I'm between a second hand bookstore (though not from my own home in that case) or something arty/ crafty which I could run from a spare room in the house. With all that money behind me I wouldn't have to have a real huge money making business. It could just do ok and work out fine.