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Ron500E
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Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new
      #6016317 - 08/09/13 06:12 PM

It's not me but I came across this on CL. I know nothing about the person and I'm all out of my "giveaways."
Usually in the Spring/Fall, garage season time, I stock up on stuff but it didn't happen this year.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/wan/3991532986.html

Sorry if this is inappropriate or misplaced, even sorrier if it's a scam.
Mods... feel free to remove and give me a stern warning.
Thanks,

Ron


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mikey cee
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Ron500E]
      #6016336 - 08/09/13 06:26 PM

Well if it said Unitrons only I'd think it's likely a scam. But this sounds maybe like a young mom wanting to raise a couple of "model" kids. Good for her. Mike

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Mkofski
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Ron500E]
      #6016413 - 08/09/13 07:02 PM

If its a scam, how much could one of us get hurt? I don't have a scope to donate but I'll kick in $20 toward one if anyone is interested.

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Joe Cepleur
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Mkofski]
      #6016453 - 08/09/13 07:28 PM

The listing asks for a "fine" telescope. It never hurts to have one, but even a basic telescope could introduce the Moon quite nicely.

I suspect the listing is unusual, but real.


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Mkofski
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #6016489 - 08/09/13 07:52 PM

Joe,

I reread the ad and didn't see the request for "fine" scope... it was "free" I think. Maybe Al is on the level and just wants to get a scope for his daughters.


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Sean Cunneen
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Mkofski]
      #6016562 - 08/09/13 08:41 PM

I responded. I told them I would provide a scope under the conditions that they had to spend an evening with me learning how to use it/find stuff and they couldn't sell it. The area they live in is pretty close to some of the worst Chicago has to offer and I have worked with poor/ex-offenders for the last 6 years, so my guard is up... We'll see how it goes.

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Mkofski
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Sean Cunneen]
      #6016592 - 08/09/13 09:07 PM

Week done Sean. Let us know how it works out.

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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Mkofski]
      #6016704 - 08/09/13 10:14 PM

Sorry, but this smells to high heaven. Sean, I know you'll be careful, but... be careful. No good deed goes unpunished...

Fred


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Datapanic
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #6016752 - 08/09/13 10:40 PM

There's been a wanted 'scope for kids project' on the Tucson Craigslist forever. Somebody called him out on it as he or she apparently wants lots of free things and found their listings all over CL with different variations of the same phone number.

Although it's nice to give for a worthy cause, if it sounds suspicious, I would just ignore it.


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Ron500E
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Sean Cunneen]
      #6017037 - 08/10/13 02:39 AM

Quote:

I responded. I told them I would provide a scope under the conditions that they had to spend an evening with me learning how to use it/find stuff and they couldn't sell it. The area they live in is pretty close to some of the worst Chicago has to offer and I have worked with poor/ex-offenders for the last 6 years, so my guard is up... We'll see how it goes.




Sean:
Far be it from me to tell you what to do but as you said... the area. Be extra careful, and although a very generous offer regarding the teaching... at night in that area... like I said, be careful.
The other side of the coin is that if a stranger wanted to spend sometime at night with my daughters, for whatever reason, I'd be suspicious beyond words.
It's a funny world, 50 years ago none of this would even be an issue. The world has changed, and in many cases not for the better I fear.
Oh well.
Thanks Again,

Ron


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Rich (RLTYS)Moderator
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Ron500E]
      #6017138 - 08/10/13 08:04 AM

You know the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true then it most likely isn't.

Rich (RLTYS)


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Joe Cepleur
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Ron500E]
      #6017157 - 08/10/13 08:11 AM

Indeed, my eyes are playing tricks on me. It seemed odd she specified a "fine" scope!

Could you invite the family to meet you at a club's public star party, or would that just assemble more expensive gear if things turned sour? Maybe request references from the children's school?

Knowing little of the criminal mind, I may be naive, but it would be astonishingly creative to request, specifically, a free telescope for the purpose of robbing and rolling the donor. I still suspect the request is real, if possibly also entitled.

Edited by Joe Cepleur (08/10/13 08:16 AM)


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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #6017413 - 08/10/13 11:19 AM

I'm about the most skeptical person there is, but this to me has the ring of truth. It does say free and not fine, it mentions the moon and Saturn's rings, and says it will be put to use. Moreover, it is a well written ad, obviously from an educated person. I'm inclined to believe it. However, it is always good to meet generosity with a well measured dose of caution.

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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6017417 - 08/10/13 11:21 AM

"Trust but verify."

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Ron500E
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: sgorton99]
      #6017786 - 08/10/13 03:14 PM

There was a Sears on CL for $20 OBO at a garage sale today. I figured I buy it and give it to them but it was sold by the time I got there. I'd rather spend the $20 and get scammed than to not give a scope to someone who could use it or need it because I am weary. I mean we're not talking about a 1/2 meter RCOS.

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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Ron500E]
      #6017858 - 08/10/13 03:54 PM

Ron +1

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Sean Cunneen
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago [Re: terraclarke]
      #6018891 - 08/11/13 11:56 AM

I invited Alfredo over and I am showing him and his two cute girls Cloudynights... Say hello!

Alfredo: Hello everybody...

okay, this is Sean again, I'm back. See? he's not so ba----- Hey, put down that crowbar, Alfredo.... OUCH! <Bang, crash> What are you doing with that duct-tape smorbpphn
<sound of trunk closing, tires squeeling, much thumping...>

Play Journey, fade to black.....


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Ron500E
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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Sean Cunneen]
      #6018957 - 08/11/13 12:35 PM

Hello Alfredo and the two young Astronomers.
I know I speak for everyone when I say we're glad to be of help.

Ron


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Re: Wanted Free Telescope - Chicago new [Re: Sean Cunneen]
      #6019132 - 08/11/13 02:09 PM

Quote:

I invited Alfredo over and I am showing him and his two cute girls Cloudynights... Say hello!

Alfredo: Hello everybody...

okay, this is Sean again, I'm back. See? he's not so ba----- Hey, put down that crowbar, Alfredo.... OUCH! <Bang, crash> What are you doing with that duct-tape smorbpphn
<sound of trunk closing, tires squeeling, much thumping...>

Play Journey, fade to black.....







Hey Alfredo,

Now that you've taken care of Sean...

When may I expect delivery of that beautiful Brandon refractor? Be sure to pack it well, (like you packed Sean into the trunk), only with more bubble wrap!


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