Southern Pigeon Droppers

| 11/4/2013 9:33:00 AM

Country at Heart

It's easy to be fooled by the title of this blog into thinking that Pigeon Droppers are actually poop drops from real live pigeons, but that's a far cry from what it actually is.

I'll fast forward about a half century then go back. During a phone conversation with a cousin, who still lives in Arkansas, she mentioned Pigeon Droppers at which I exclaimed, "Oh girl, I had forgotten all about those people. Are they really still around?" With that, she told me about an incident that was in the recent news about a Pigeon Dropper who had just "ripped" off an unsuspecting victim.

Now, back to the 1950s. I'm not sure where these con artist got their name, but I suspect it's because of the pigeon's nature. When you're least expecting it, this nasty bird flies over your head, quickly drops on you and before you can look up good, he's gone on to his next target – while you're stained with his stinking splatter ball. Well, that was the nature of these flim-flam artists.

Obviously, I was never a victim, but I'll try and recall what I heard about how my grandfather and our neighbor, "Mr. Walker," got ripped off. These crooks are never from the parts where they intend to perpetrate their crime, so no one knows who they are. They come usually to older people and to those who appear more isolated from the rest of the social scene. I think they got "Mr. Walker" before they got to my grandfather.

Here's how it goes. Two people (a man and a woman) approach a gullible, unsuspecting "mark" (a country person) and ask about buying some land from them for cash. By the way, I never heard of any townsfolk being ripped off. Rural people are usually more friendly and accommodating than "city slickers" thus easier targets. These crooks are also very warm, friendly and outgoing, and the kindly rural person is taken in by this behavior.

11/5/2013 6:18:58 AM

AG, I suspect con artists will always be around and we must be aware of their tactics. I got flam boozled out of $20 by a money exchange scheme once. It was all based on confusion of the several exchanges. That was when I was a country teenager and had trust in everyone. Well, it didn't happen again. I suspect the ideas are still the same except today it's more high tech than 50 years ago. Have a great day keeping money in your pocket. :0)

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