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Chris Intres
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I've just come off the most awesome day of game shopping I've ever had.

(This starts out as a sort of sob story, but isn't)

First, I started at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. The guy working there (who I found out was mentally challenged and working there for room and board at the school they have here) was putting a bed together, well, he was attempting to put it together.

Now, I've put dozens of beds together and knew exactly how to do it. I go over to him and ask him if I could give him a hand. He was reluctant since it was against the rules but the cashier said the manager was out and wouldn't know. So I get down on the floor and show him how to do it and we had it together in less than five minutes.

After that, he shadowed me. Not because I might steal something, but just because I spent some time with him and talked to him "like a person" he said. As we went to the back part of the store where they keep all the toys and electronics, I noticed an almost perfect condition Fisher Price Kitchen Set (the kind with the oven, sink and shelves on top) for $2. I have a three year old niece and another almost one, so it was perfect for them. I said I was going to get that and Billy (the guy working there) ran over to it and carried it right up to the cashier. Then I noticed one of those wooden toys with the abbacus, chalkboard, spinning blocks and wire and bead on top toys that you see at the doctors office for $1. I grabbed that also along with a vintage metal GI Joe lunchbox for $.50.

Ok, here comes the games part.

I found Sphinx, still in shrinkwrap for $1 on a shelf. Into the cart that went. I looked at the other games with the usual Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly sets that all thrift stores have when Billy came back to me. He saw that I had a board game and said they had more in the back if I wanted to see them. I said of course and off to the back he went.

A few minutes later there he was with a huge box. Inside were shrinkwrapped copies of High Ground, Hisss and Stratego Legends. All of them were $1 each.

After I paid, Billy helped me get the stuff out to my car. In the trunk was my brothers flak vest from Iraq. Billy asked me if it was a real bullet proof vest. I said it was and asked him if he wanted to try it on. Imagine a five year old going into a toy and candy store and being told that everything in there was theirs. That's the reaction he had to trying it on. (Afterwards I could see him in the store pantomiming putting it on, obviously bragging) Before he went in, I hid a five in my palm and shook his hand. He said that they aren't supposed to take tips, I said it wasn't a tip, I was just giving my buddy a few bucks. I just felt good about doing something like that for someone with less than myself.

I guess Karma thought so too.

After I left there, I went to get a couple of packs of cigarettes (I know, they're bad for me) at the smoke shop. Well, next to it is the Indian Casino. I took the $10 I got in change and put it in a machine. A few minutes later, I'm walking out with $225.

End of Day one.

Today, I go to Best Buy to see about the Halo Interactive Strategy game they had on clearance. When I checked online it said that our store didn't have it, so I was going to have them order it. The woman at customer service looked it up and found one copy in the store, so i saved the shipping. On top of that, I had a $20 Rewards Zone certificate, so I got it for nothing.

I then went to a game store across town and found Star Wars: Escape From The Death Star (1990) still in shrinkwrap for $10 and I asked out of habit if they had Axis and Allies. The owner told me he has a few of the Anniversary Edition at home and will sell me one for $40. I'm going to buy that tomorrow, but even without that I got:

Sphinx
High Ground
Hisss
Stratego Legends
Halo Interactive Strategy
Star Wars: Escape From the Death Star
all brand new for $14.

It was a good 24 hours.
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RowdyRodimus wrote:
..... The owner told me he has a few of the Anniversary Edition at home and will sell me one for $40.



surprise Jumpin jesus. Your lucky, they regularly go for about $200+ these days on Ebay, even opened. Good score.
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My favorite part was reading about you and Billy. Too many people in society treat store clerks disrespectfully. I'm glad that someone of your caliber is a member of BGG.
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I guess Karma thought so too.


Yup, that's Karma. Nothing beats good ThriftKarma™.
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richtoosoon wrote:
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I guess Karma thought so too.


Yup, that's Karma. Nothing beats good ThriftKarma™.


I'm certainly not Hindu but unless I missed the part of the story where he died and was reborn then it may have nothing to do with Karma. How about the old, what goes around comes around.
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You are going to have to take me shopping, laugh
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I also had a great shopping experience (see my geeklist http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43756), but the karma thing worked backwards for me. I had enjoyed such a great day at Origins, and while I was in a parking garage a guy came up to me in tears. His car was nearly on empty and he had no cash; he had recently left his ATM card in a machine and the bank would not be able to return it until after the weekend; and he really needed to get across town because his wife had just had a C-section delivery. I gave the guy $12 for gas. He was very grateful, and he tried to get my name so he could pay me back, but I just told him that I had a good day and he should just pass it on to someone else in need. Maybe I got scammed, but I don't think so. In my mind, karma gave me an advance, and this was my opportunity to be fair and pay back karma.
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I was just explaining karma to my kids the other day. I should have them read this as a perfect example.
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native_son wrote:
I also had a great shopping experience (see my geeklist http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43756), but the karma thing worked backwards for me. I had enjoyed such a great day at Origins, and while I was in a parking garage a guy came up to me in tears. His car was nearly on empty and he had no cash; he had recently left his ATM card in a machine and the bank would not be able to return it until after the weekend; and he really needed to get across town because his wife had just had a C-section delivery. I gave the guy $12 for gas. He was very grateful, and he tried to get my name so he could pay me back, but I just told him that I had a good day and he should just pass it on to someone else in need. Maybe I got scammed, but I don't think so. In my mind, karma gave me an advance, and this was my opportunity to be fair and pay back karma.


You were probably scammed. Maybe not though, someone somewhere has rolled a 1 15 times in a row on a fair d6! ( EDIT: I don't mean to discourage being kind to strangers. If you've got the money to spare, give and don't worry about their motives! )

The best way I've found to distinguish the scammers is to listen to their story and offer non-monetary help. In this case you could have said "You're gonna be a dad? That's great, let me drive you over now so you don't have to waste time walking to a gas station!" Or offered to follow him to a station to put some gas in his car.

I've had a dozen or so people approach me for "getting across town" money as an adult and none of them was interested in any help other than cash. :suspicious:
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obediah wrote:
In this case you could have said "You're gonna be a dad? That's great, let me drive you over now so you don't have to waste time walking to a gas station!"


If he was dishonest and possibly criminal, don't you think letting him into my car would be much more dangerous and risky? I'd rather part with my money than to get behind the wheel only to find a gun or knife stuck in my ribs from the passenger seat.
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native_son wrote:
obediah wrote:
In this case you could have said "You're gonna be a dad? That's great, let me drive you over now so you don't have to waste time walking to a gas station!"


If he was dishonest and possibly criminal, don't you think letting him into my car would be much more dangerous and risky? I'd rather part with my money than to get behind the wheel only to find a gun or knife stuck in my ribs from the passenger seat.


Safety is always a good point. That particular offer would be a bluff. If you don't like bluffing then think up a safer non-monetary alternative - like following them to gas station.

But really, if you suspect them of being dishonest or criminal, you shouldn't give them money or a ride. If they're the violent type they'll threaten you at which point you still give them your money but have the consolation of calling the police.
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This reminds me of a few experiences with my dad when I was a kid.

My (birth) father is a liberal hippie type, and had struggled financially at several points in his life, so was a bit of a soft touch for panhandlers/street people.
One night when I was visiting him (I was about 8 or 9), we were "going out to dinner" (which meant IHOP or Taco Bell, on his budget at the time), and as we approached the Taco Bell, a panhandler asked if my dad could give him some money "for food", since he "hadn't eaten all day". My dad told him we were going to Taco Bell (about 40 feet down the street) and told him he'd be happy to buy him something. The panhandler got angry and told him to "F*@% off".
My dad told me that there's a difference between helping someone in need, and being taken advantage of, and that it's sometimes easy to tell the difference.
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You are going to have to take me shopping, laugh


I get paid on friday and all my appointments are out of the way until the end of July.
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lmlawson wrote:
My favorite part was reading about you and Billy. Too many people in society treat store clerks disrespectfully. I'm glad that someone of your caliber is a member of BGG.


Thanks! That really means a lot to me.blush
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native_son wrote:
I also had a great shopping experience (see my geeklist http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43756), but the karma thing worked backwards for me. I had enjoyed such a great day at Origins, and while I was in a parking garage a guy came up to me in tears. His car was nearly on empty and he had no cash; he had recently left his ATM card in a machine and the bank would not be able to return it until after the weekend; and he really needed to get across town because his wife had just had a C-section delivery. I gave the guy $12 for gas. He was very grateful, and he tried to get my name so he could pay me back, but I just told him that I had a good day and he should just pass it on to someone else in need. Maybe I got scammed, but I don't think so. In my mind, karma gave me an advance, and this was my opportunity to be fair and pay back karma.


I had something like that to me at a comic show. My battery died. I mean it wasn't going to hold a charge at all. A guy asked me what was wrong and I told him, he left and about 15 minutes later he came back with a new battery from Sears and told me that God had told him that morning that he was going to be needed to help in His name that day.
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Wow.

Anyone need help assembling anything?

But seriously-great story. In my experience, Karma does not usually pay back so rapidly, but I think an exception may have been made for you.
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