rumpelstilzchen wrote:SteveUK wrote:Yes, we're coming to the time of year when we reflect upon wins and losses past (well, all loses in their case).
I disagree. There has been a win. Perhaps not a win in the conventional sense but a win nonetheless: Peter of England.
Peter has won without a shadow of doubt. Peter has managed to pull off the perfect....well, the almost perfect con, and although the authorities are aware of the con, they have been willing to turn a blind eye to it. Almost all the people Peter has conned continue to believe that Peter is the good guy. They have lined his pockets with gold and they blame TPTB for the failure of WeRe cheques. Peter has made a tidy little sum for himself, thank you very much, and he has got away with it. You have to admire him for his audacity....all the little clues he provided.... such as "spit", "swallow" etc etc all of which were obviously displays of utter contempt for his marks, and at no time did they suspect that in reality he was taking the piss out of them. When you think about it the tale of WeRe bank is so ridiculous no one would believe it if you told them.
Just imagine, you are laying in bed one night and your other half turns to you and says: "Darling, today I met a man who lives in a campervan. The man in the campervan told me that if I write the right words in the right order on a sheet of paper and hand that piece of paper to him it will instantly create £150,000 which I can spend. I believed him. I have done it." What would your reaction be? But this is exactly what has happened. Grown men and women up and down the country have done just that. Not only in this country but in other countries as well. They have believed the man in the campervan can deliver that promise.
No matter what you think of PoE you cannot deny he has succeeded. He has come out of this somewhat richer and he will never get his collar felt. I take my hat off to him. He has won.
If all of PoE victims had been freeman and wannabe con artist freeloaders then I would have had nothing but admiration for the guy.
Unfortunately a small number of his marks were desperate and genuinely gulable, which makes praise difficult.