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Bulletin Note 8-21-16

November 11th, 2016

The statement, “If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you,” is often invoked when someone is suggesting to another person that they are too gullible. The phrase actually has a basis in fact. A Nov. 27, 2005 NY Times article by Gabriel Cohen tells the story. A swindler by the name of George C. Parker operated at the beginning of the last century, in New York. He was a convincing salesman, with forged documents indicating his ownership and rights to sell.
What he sold, and more than once, was the Brooklyn bridge! In between the cops patrolling their beats nearby, he’d put official looking for sale signs on the bridge entrance, and show it to gullible potential buyers, suggesting that they could put up toll booths to collect from all those crossing it. Collecting their cash in exchange for his bill of sale, Parker would be off. More than once Parker’s victims had to be rousted from the bridge by police when they tried to put up toll barriers!
Parker had also successfully “sold” other New York landmarks such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Statue of Liberty, and Grants Tomb. He was eventually convicted of grand theft and sent to Sing Sing prison.
Con men and Scammers are people to whom the truth and integrity are foreign concepts. They are the children of the great Deceiver himself. Even so, Will Rogers had it right when he said years ago, “They may call me a ‘rube’ and a ‘hick,’ but I’d a lot rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.”

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