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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Man reveals secret to making $100,000 a year "without lifting a finger": Sign people up for seminar at $2180 each, then cancel due to "sore back"   ( divider line
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2004-04-11 04:28:00 PM  
Strangely, I figured that this was going to be about Rush Limbaugh. Sounds like any other real estate scam artist running around though.
2004-04-11 06:01:24 PM  
Why didn't I think of this?
2004-04-11 06:23:11 PM  
He can keep my money.
2004-04-11 06:35:14 PM  
Where is the hero tag?
2004-04-12 02:20:03 AM  

University of NSFW?
2004-04-12 02:24:48 AM  
wtf is a spruiker?
2004-04-12 02:28:03 AM  
And there's a list of 60 more spruikers? They reproduce? It must be a New South Wales thing.
2004-04-12 02:28:08 AM  
i'm actually holding a seminar on how to sell bridges you don't own to people. 100$ apiece. send cashiers check
2004-04-12 02:28:14 AM  
University of New South Wales, the state I live in. No idea wtf a spruiker is though. Sounds like a kind of garden sprinkler.
2004-04-12 02:30:09 AM  
I suspect he's going to be sore for real in the back, front, and all up about the head area now that the word's out.
2004-04-12 02:30:48 AM  
You're going to get the same results from signing a don't sue me waiver before entering a get rich quick seminar as you would by wearing a hat that says "please don't feed my crotch a knuckle-sandwich".
2004-04-12 02:31:20 AM  
"What we're concerned with are extravagant claims that have no real prospect of being satisfied," Mr Samuel said.

yeh, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

can't wait till the get the stadium wave
2004-04-12 02:31:35 AM  
nobody can top Tom Vu...

You come my seminar... you make money....
2004-04-12 02:31:51 AM  
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2004-04-12 02:34:10 AM  
Was it that hard to get him to hold a CD? Did they have to photoshop one in?
2004-04-12 02:35:59 AM  
When~oh~when is Batman going to swoop in and stop the Riddler's nefarious "GET FREE MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT!!!" scheme???
2004-04-12 02:37:54 AM  
He's a smart man. Those people deserved to have their money taken from them.
2004-04-12 02:39:18 AM  
i agree that tom's antics on the tennis court and yacht made him get ratings
2004-04-12 02:43:57 AM  
2004-04-12 02:46:01 AM  
spruik ['spruk]
verb [intransitive] (Australian) (archaic slang)
to speak in public (used esp. of a showman or salesman)
[ETYMOLOGY: 20th Century: of unknown origin]
'spruiker noun
2004-04-12 02:47:31 AM  
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You should have seen what his first suit was like..
2004-04-12 02:49:04 AM  
Step 1: Sign people up for Seminar.
Step 2: Get a Sore Back.
Step 3: Profit!!!

Who knew that Step 2 was so obvious!?
2004-04-12 02:50:49 AM  
The things people do, even for the prospect of making money...that's why I like to pretend I'll never need it in the future!

/goes back to music education which won't earn her a red cent but sure is fun
FNG [TotalFark]
2004-04-12 02:54:55 AM  
the riddler meets aol cd spam?

batman should sue this guy.
2004-04-12 03:02:51 AM  
i agree, some people are just too stupid. they deserve to lose $3000.

man, you could have just given me $3000 and i would have flown over there to sneak up behind you and punch you in the back of the head.
2004-04-12 03:10:27 AM  
Probably sells Amway too...
2004-04-12 03:11:26 AM  
When will stupid people lean that the successful don't want to teach you their secrets. They don't want any competition from people stupid enough to pay $3000 for a seminar.
2004-04-12 03:14:21 AM  
What is that old saying about a fool and his money? And there IS one born every minute.

'When mumbo jumbo walks through the door, good sense and reason leave through the window.' -B. Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible.
2004-04-12 03:15:13 AM  
Okay. It's late. I thought about going to bed. That image is going to giv eme nightmares tho.
2004-04-12 03:39:49 AM  
Actualy that guy has some good stuff. My cousin used one of his books a few years ago to get good financing on her car as well as help with student loans.

/PS, why are you guy's posting pictures of me from halloween???
2004-04-12 03:41:35 AM  
i nominate him for biggest douche in the universe award.

right with john edwards
2004-04-12 03:53:10 AM  

NOOOOOO!!! You'll go from being the funloving drummerchick that your profile tells you for to being the cranky, eternally-pissed high school band director that all of us on battery detested!

It's evil! Don't touch do it!
2004-04-12 04:21:36 AM  
s/man/asshat and you've got yourself a headline. Also, people who paid 3000 dollars to hear about how to make money seem like exactly the kind of people that said information would be completely lost on, even if it was not a crock of shiat.
2004-04-12 05:00:50 AM  
1. Advertise seminar that will tell people how to make 100,000 a month.
2. Have each person pay 1,000. Sign up 100 people.
3. When people arrive, give them a pamphlet.

The pamphlet says:
1. Advertise seminar that will tell people how to make 100,000 a month.
2. Have each person pay 1,000. Sign up 100 people.
3. When people arrive, give them a pamphlet.

Wash, rinse, repeat. Profit off of morons.
2004-04-12 05:15:18 AM  
His back is sore from screwing those idiots.
2004-04-12 05:43:51 AM  
"without lifting a finger""

what nonsense. I'm sure his approach resulted in a lot of lifted fingers.
2004-04-12 06:54:59 AM  
Chariset, but not HIS fingers.

Mission accomplished.
2004-04-12 07:21:24 AM  
You know this is going to become a Dilbert (Dogbert) cartoon strip.
2004-04-12 07:38:13 AM  
Anyone who had paid for the seminar could get a refund or attend a rescheduled seminar, he said.

2004-04-12 08:44:27 AM  
Anyone who had paid for the seminar could get screwed again, just as soon as he could re-schedule.
2004-04-12 09:15:16 AM  
See Chapter 22 & 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Been done before and better.
2004-04-12 09:20:12 AM  
He did tell them how to get rich quick by showing them how to run a pyramid scheme quickly and efficiently. So basically they got their moneys worth- what are they biatching about?
2004-04-12 10:02:44 AM  
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2004-04-12 10:04:16 AM  
You mean something for nothing was too good to be true and I might have to work hard to make money? How farking disappointing.

/back to lottery fantasizing
2004-04-12 10:19:01 AM  

C'mon, that wasn't a fair assessment of Rush. You know he has to actually lift a few fingers to pop all those pills.
2004-04-12 10:56:36 AM  
When I was 10 years old I order some sea monkeys. They came in 2 months later and I was horrified to discover they were just brine.

Dad told me if its to good to be true it usually is...good bad the 1000 morons never got that advice.

I'd like that list of people so I can setup a nigerian bank funding "plan" with them.
2004-04-12 11:02:59 AM  
Albert: Sea monkeys/brine shrimp are way cool! I got some as a kid and thought that weird looking bug things are way cooler than monkeys.

And I have a degree in sea-monkey science.
2004-04-12 11:22:11 AM  
lukelightning: the sea monkeys never built that cool underwater castle though..that was the disappointing thing, heh.
2004-04-12 12:17:07 PM  
P.T. Barnum was wrong-- it's more like every 30 seconds.
2004-04-12 12:47:06 PM  
Hahaha, I love these real estate hucksters. $100,000/mo my ass. Then they have these commercials showing these country bumpkins who are pointing out all these houses they own and a portfolio of cashed checks for $50,000. Riiight.

They'll also tell you you can buy investment property with 0% down and bad credit. That is bullshiat. If you are buying investment, the bank wants 20% down and they look at you extra hard if you have no investment property experience. Sure you can come up with the 20% by pulling equity out of the house you already own, and that's what these hucksters will tell you, but that ties your primary dwelling to your investment property and increases your monthly payments, and if things go south on the investment you stand to lose both places. Not taking that into account, if you have bad credit you'll have to wait for a week for the boot print on your ass to heal after you are thrown out of the bank.

That said, while it IS possible to get rich off of real estate, it's over a period of 30 years, not overnight. And even then the assets are not liquid. The idea is that you own enough paid-off rental property by the time you retire that you can pull your income from the rent checks. And unless you are Donald Trump that won't approach anywhere near $100,000/mo. There is no such thing as an easy buck. Anyone to tells you otherwise is obviously selling something.
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