Conned on the streets of Paris
I walked out of the subway and into the street staring intensely at my Google map app on my phone, it said that the tower should just be about 500meters from my location. I just needed to take the next left. I suddenly looked up and there it was the Eiffel tower. My first response was ‘oh wow’ I did not expect it to be so big. I could see it all the way from the station even though walking to it would take another 5-7min, I brought out my phone and took the first pic of the Eiffel tower in all it magnificent details, little did I know that what I saw was only the tip of the iceberg.
Whilst following the map to the entrance of the tower; the rowdy noises on the side of the road distracted me. Gathered together were five individuals, 2 men and three ladies. At first, it looked like they were arguing but then on closer observation, there was an exchange of 50 euro notes between them, it looked like a game. The leader was in charge of shuffling the cups around and the game required you to guess cup the ball was underneath. It’s pretty easy. All you had to do was bet 50 euro that you can guess which cup the ball was underneath and if you get it right your money doubled and if not you lose your money. Honestly, walking past was not the easiest thing to do. The exchange of money catches your attention and even more so the ease of guessing exactly where the ball is.
I stopped in my tracks and kept watching the cup move. One of the ladies placed a bet of 50 euro but chose the wrong cup (this is where it all got very interesting). She lost her money because little focus was put there. I was perplexed as it was an easy guess. The ball was in cup 3. I was a million percent sure. How could she have gotten it wrong? You could clearly see the shuffling of the ball. I was left in bewilderment of how she could have missed the cup I pointed to the right cup and just like that I was part of the game. Low and below when he opened the cup the ball laid there. He handed me 50 euro note and everyone cheered. And at this point, I knew it was a scam something was off-putting and I could tell there is more to this than the eyes can see. I was now trapped in a game I did not want to play in the first place. One of the ladies kept cheering me on informing to that for me to play in the next game I had to double the 50 euro that was given to me. This is where my instinct kicked in and I pretended like I understood neither French or English. Realizing that they got an unwilling precipitant I was kicked out and told to return when I had the money.
I was grateful for this and watched from a distance the same set of people pretending to constantly win big and attracting the next vulnerable tourist. I could see how vulnerable tourists would be robbed of their money because each time its just one more game and I know where the ball its this time I am going to win it big, but the games are designed this way, to keep you trapped wanting more and more. So whenever you are walking down the street of Paris heading towards the effiel tower, be street smart and don’t get sidetracked by the big win.
REMEMBER if something is too good to be true then its probably not true.
Feel free to leave a comment below, I look forward to hearing from you. Till then, I leave you with this quote:
‘Sometimes we want to believe something so badly that we allow our self to be taking advantage off. You can’t con an honest man’
Stay blessed x