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If you fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book, would you make it public?These people did.
A Reddit thread asked people what rather obvious tricks they’ve fallen for in the past. And the responses reveal people just aren’t as smart as they think they are.
From basically giving their bikes and watches away, to getting hit on the nose, the results are hilarious and also, a little bit sad.
'I was outside smoking and dicking around on it, guy comes up, looked respectable enough, was like 'was thinking about getting one of these but they seem too heavy' and I was like 'na dude it's ok' and handed it to him and he ran off immediately.
derp on me, still sucked. As he was running off I was like 'well this isn't right' but he was way down the street before it occurred to me he just stole my phone. Got it like two days before that so at least my entire life wasn't on it yet.'
'when my dad was a kid, he got a new watch as his birthday gift. this was very special to him because most kids didn't have any wrist watches during that day, so he was the coolest kid. one day he's walking home, this businessman-looking guy approaches him and asks my dad if he knew where so and so street was. my dad pointed in the direction, but he said he is in a rush and need to deliver this envelope.
he asked my dad if he can possibly lead him to the street. my naive dad agrees, as the guy looked proper, and once in front of the building the business man asks 'could you please please run up the stairs and deliver this envelope on the 2nd floor?' he made up some excuse for why he couldn't do it himself. as my dad agrees, the businessman says 'but this envelope is VERY important, so i need to hold on to your watch as collateral.' my dad does this, and when he came back downstairs the man was gone.'
'I still get friend with this one. I shake hands with them and then smell may hand. i look to them and say ' your hand stinks'. when they go down to smell i smack their hand in to their face.'
'One time I gave my brother rabbit poo and said they were raisins. Haha, he ate all of them and never even realised what they were.
Truthfully though, I have no brother, I ate rabbit poo.'
'I didn't fall for it myself (honest), but the best online scam I ever saw was a banner ad that said:
'BEWARE OF CREDIT CARD FRAUD! Credit card fraud is more common than ever before. To find out if you might have been a victim, type your credit card number in the box below...'
'My uncle smacked my knees together and then when i was crying he told me to sit beside him and he would make it better. TRhen he smashed them together again harder.
My dad laughed and told everyone that I wasn't his kid'
'A friend of mine (seriously...not me) was selling his dirt bike. Guy comes to his house to buy it, asks to take it for a test drive. The last thing my friend heard was the sound of the bike going further and further away.
He has yet to tell me how long he waited for the guy to come back but I'm sure it was a while. Still makes me laugh.'
'I remember the first time I saw someone with a sign that said 'Will work for food'. I must have been 20 or so. I went home and cried and cried, and then used money I had been saving for a Van Halen concert to go buy her groceries. She asked me to take them back and give her the money.'
'My cousin and I used to work out together all the time and we'd always try to one up each other. One day he wanted to see how many push-up with claps in between each of us could do and I ended up beating him. I gloated and then he said he wanted a rematch but with pull-ups with claps. I was so full of myself I thought I could do it. Tried and landed on my face.'
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