Never Trust In The Honesty Of People

, , , | Working | October 22, 2018

(Recently an old classmate hit me up. Last thing I’d heard from him he’d dropped out of studying economics and started a novelty shop. Apparently business isn’t going great.)

Classmate: “You have a degree in computer science, right? You see, I’ve had an idea on how to improve business, which you could help me with. I want to introduce a card with which you can buy in my store and pay later, and I don’t know how to do this.”

Me: “Umm, you’re describing credit cards. I don’t think this is going to help you. People already know about those…”

Classmate: “No, no. Not like a credit card. I want something like those gift cards with a magnetic stripe. Only that you can pay later.”

Me: “Okay, but then you’d have to bill them, and we’re basically back to credit cards.”

Classmate: “No. You. Don’t. Understand. I don’t want them to sign up or something. People hate that! Just get a card, pay with it, and settle the bill when you want to.”

Me: “I don’t think that’s a good idea, sorry. Why would they pay the money ba—”

Classmate: *interrupting me* “I’m going to stop you right there. You’re a computer scientist, not a businessman. Fine. If you don’t want to help me, I’ll just find someone else!” *hangs up*

(He really found someone who’d help him make anonymous gift cards where you can accumulate debt. And it really did improve business… at least for the two months, until he had to close down. A shame he didn’t sell something better. I would have run up quite the tab otherwise.)

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