Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

The CON Artist

- Scheherazade · Julia Roberts · Linda Evangelista · Cindy Crawford · Bahamas · Sri Lankan government · United Kingdom · Sri Lanka · Tina Turner

The world is full of con artists or scam­mers. Daily, we read in both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional news­pa­pers how peo­ple have been vic­tims of such cheats. So­cial me­dia is full of them. Plenty of them are cir­cling around in our lit­tle is­land too. The des­per­a­tion for fame or to be recog­nised is such that scam­mers ei­ther talk of their ed­u­ca­tional and other creds but can­not name any­body who could au­then­ti­cate such claims or lead bo­gus lifestyles way be­yond their means, for in­stance. All with the in­ten­tion of play­ing some­one out. Hear­ing sto­ries of the scammed or watch­ing scam­mers in ac­tion makes you cringe in hor­ror. Some con artists even as­so­ciate them­selves with our war with ter­ror­ism and the sto­ries they re­late make the Holo­caust sound like Grade I Read­ers.

Then there are the ex­pa­tri­ates liv­ing here who feel they are a cut above all and think that we are so third world and have to still get off the trees or are still liv­ing un­der a co­conut tree.

At a re­cent din­ner I met such a woman who could eas­ily be awarded the Crown for Con Artists, if such an award ex­ists. She was one of the best I have met in re­cent times. Whilst din­ner was be­ing served Ms. Con de­cided that it was the ideal moment to take over the con­ver­sa­tion to let us know of her great achieve­ments and the glitzy life she has been lead­ing. Scheheraza­de’s “One Thou­sand and One Nights” tales were put to shame with all the yarns she spun out that night.

Thank­fully, there are a few re­al­is­tic peo­ple amongst us who try our best to keep away from such trash and lead fun and peace­ful lives with those who have their feet firmly planted on the ground

Amazed, those at the ta­ble could only stare at her open-mouthed. Nat­u­rally, Ms. Con thought she had a cap­tive au­di­ence at the ta­ble and con­tin­ued to re­gale ev­ery­body with sto­ries of go­ing shop­ping on Rodeo Drive with Ju­lia Roberts, din­ing and win­ning with Linda Evan­ge­lista, Cindy Craw­ford shar­ing make-up tips with her, Tina Turner and she be­ing neigh­bours in the Ba­hamas etc. Trixie was seated next to me at the din­ner. To­tally gob­s­macked with all of these sto­ries, she asked me how was it that the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment had missed out ship­ping back to the UK this piece of garbage when they re­turned to the UK the many con­tain­ers of waste that had been shipped to Sri Lanka. Trixie was ready to be tied by the end of the evening.

As one can imag­ine, on our ride back home Trixie and I were in hys­ter­ics and prayed never to have to meet Ms. Con again. The sad part is that some of our lo­cals are highly taken up with such con artists and love to hob­nob with them think­ing that they too would go up a rung or two of the so­cial lad­der.

The world is not only cruel but also a sad place. Thank­fully, there are a few re­al­is­tic peo­ple amongst us who try our best to keep away from such trash and lead fun and peace­ful lives with those who have their feet firmly planted on the ground in­stead of hang­ing around with these up­ward climb­ing con artists who think they are a cut above the rest.

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