Does this bug anyone or is it just me? I take this stuff seriously, because, c’mon, there are so many bullshit people looking to make a buck off the unsuspecting and trusting. It makes all legitimate people look bad…it muddies the already murky water in the eyes of the general public.
Some background: this ad has been running for a few weeks/couple months in the local free weeklies here in SF, namely the SF Weekly and the Bay Guardian. It is a huge ad, at least a third, if not a half, of a page…I know first-hand that this does not come cheap! I have watched the evolution of the ad with glee/face-palmed horror. The first time it was printed it was FULL of errors…I mean, wow, so many misspellings it made co-workers laugh out loud when they were asked to try to read it through with a straight face. Each time a new weeks edition would come out I’d notice some changes. So someone KNOWS that they have misspelled words and terms, but will not ask the paper to help them with the spelling…or a friend…or anyone to proof read this thing.
Now after almost 8 weeks of corrections I give you the new and improved version they have submitted! Keep in mind this is after MANY corrections. I don’t know about you, fair reader, but HUGE RED FLAGS go up as soon as I read that:
- This reader has the “..best options availabe…”
- This reader is familiar with and offers “…clairvoynt readings…”
- The reader is gifted with “…charka balancing…” and lists this twice. (*sigh*)
- She is, I’m sure, very gifted at “…riki healing…” and I do love some riki healing.
The services she lists are more than impressive. I wish I was as accomplished as this woman claims to be. I’m glad she promises that her readings are “…99% accurate…” because truly, I was thinking about going to a more reputable person, but hey…never mind. She is 99% accurate with her readings, but apparently not so much with her “spellings” it would seem.
I have heard too many stories of scammed clients and bank account draining schemes that ads like this make me cringe…and they are starting to really pop up more and more in the city these days. Come on people, protect yourselves…it can get real frosty out there.
cat yronwode has an amazing page written up on so-called Black Gypsies & Psychic Frauds. Anyone interested in getting a quick crash-course in spotting some warning signs should have a read of it. For the rest of us, I thought this post would provide a chuckle.