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what's your honest reaction to this e-mail?(23 posts)

what's your honest reaction to this e-mail?JS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 7:06 AM
and, how would your response read?

background: i'm the webmaster for our local bike club, and as such, receive many cycling-related general requests and announcements via e-mail (natch, the e-mail address is posted on the website).

the name, location, and phone number of this person was removed from the message, but i can tell you that this sender is in another state, 520 miles from my city. here's the message:


"To whom it may concern:
I am first time college student in my entire family, I am full time student and cannot afford expensive road bike, i have old bike given to me that i ride. would you consider donating a decent road bike (doesnt matter what brand) so that i can begin competing locally in races. I am 6'4" tall, I need xl bike. I humbly ask. I am not a bum, I do work, I do not receive any government assistance. I promise I will return the favor to someone else and pay it forward, upon completing my education. my phone number is [removed]. my address is [removed]. I respect your decision. I need a lift to get me started. Please respond. Sincerely, I am"

[name removed]

Whoa. Forward it to the club in their locale...Spunout
Mar 6, 2003 7:14 AM
but being a college student and looking at their spelling, maybe this person should consider a career as a pro cyclist. Okay, not nice, probably an ESL(English as a Second Language -a Canadian designation) learner.

If the local club has such inclination, you could pay it back with volunteer work, organizing.

For sure, someone (a tall guy) has six bikes that cannot surely be ridden all at the same time. Loan it out, teach cleaning and maintenance. If he steals the bike or doesn't hold up on the deal, I'm sure you Southerners have a way to extract payment.
re: HahaHaHaHaRusty Coggs
Mar 6, 2003 7:17 AM
Delete button.........why bother with a response?It's just someone trolling for a sucker...I'd really like a C-40 with Reecord 10 if you have an extra lying around.Size 58 Pleeze...:)
I would ignore it; I ignore all spam. nmDougSloan
Mar 6, 2003 7:27 AM
It's a scamRJF
Mar 6, 2003 7:28 AM
That sounds like a scam. I'd delete it and never give it another thought.
I wouldn't forward it to anyone.MB1
Mar 6, 2003 7:28 AM
If you were interested in helping this person that is up to you but I would be annoyed at my club if this was forwarded to me by the club webmaster.

I have a lot of skepticism about unsolicited e-mails but once in a while I follow up-usually to my regret.
Delete. Then go punch your bike club's web-master in the face.look271
Mar 6, 2003 7:40 AM
What a crock....................................................MR_GRUMPY
Mar 6, 2003 7:55 AM
Spare change ???? My car broke down........ My mother is sick, and needs an operation...............
It's a scamRJF
Mar 6, 2003 7:57 AM
That sounds like a scam. I'd delete it and never give it another thought.
now hold on a minute there...JS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 7:57 AM
never did i plan or allude to sending this to the club membership, or posting it on the website. the original post was neutral, on purpose. i'm asking what you would do if you were in my size 46s. let's not put the webmaster on your "list"!

BS -Leroy
Mar 6, 2003 8:07 AM
This is the cyber equivalent of the bum at an intersection begging with a cardboard "Will work for food" sign. Drive on by.
re: what's your honest reaction to this e-mail?rbb
Mar 6, 2003 8:16 AM
Interesting, but you have to wonder that if he is 520miles away, just how many other clubs/people did he send the same email to?? Let's say he sent out one hundred to clubs all over and a few people buy his B/S, that's a few road bikes he just got for typing a very poorly written email. If he is so destitute and broke but doesn't receive government assistance on his tuition for college, tell him to get some financial aide and then buy himself a cheap bike! Personally, I'd tell him to go pound sand! Sounds like a real scam and people like that really bother the heck out me!!!
Take care
If it was possible to meet him I might help himSprint-Nick
Mar 6, 2003 8:36 AM
Just reply by saying your sorry, you would love to help him. However, you club is small and unfortunately cannot take let alone help people outside of your town. Then wish him good luck.

This way you know its not a scam since you'll have met the guy.

Also maybe mention volunteering at bike shopsSprint-Nick
Mar 6, 2003 8:58 AM
Most bike shops are really good about giving good deals, allowing someone to work for something or giving someone a bike or bike parts. So tell him to go to the different shops in his area and see if he can work anything out.

Oh, brother! Now you're going to be 'Mr. Niceguy'?? (nm)Alexx
Mar 6, 2003 11:29 AM
Probably because I am oneSprint-Nick
Mar 6, 2003 2:10 PM
If you want to talk to any of the people in real life I'd be happy to give you their names and numbers. And as annoyed as I am with your comment am tempted to say something about shoving something up your a$$... that wouldn't be very nice now would it?

re: what's your honest reaction to this e-mail?weiwentg
Mar 6, 2003 8:58 AM
organize donation of components, try to source for a used frame, stuff like that. but still, this would be best left to the kind souls in that person's city. I would be suspicious if I couldn't meet that person face to face.
Nigerian in college getting his start at scams........nmafrican
Mar 6, 2003 9:01 AM
Forward him this link....russw19
Mar 6, 2003 9:12 AM

See if he can figure it out from there.

It might not be a spam...DINOSAUR
Mar 6, 2003 10:26 AM
I gave a perfectly good road bike to a kid a couple of years ago. Trouble is I have no idea what ever happened to the bike (or the kid). MY LBS used to take old used road bikes around Christmas time, fix them up, and donate them to an aspiring young roadie. I don't think they do it anymore.

It could be that the kid is legit, or he could be someone looking for something for free....why not invite him for a club ride and you can feel him out?

Or- if he's on a budget he can always find a good used frame on sale for a couple of hundred bucks and piece meal it together....

The trouble with this world is you can't trust anyone anymore...
It might not be a spam...Spunout
Mar 6, 2003 11:02 AM
Well, the trouble with this world is that we don't trust anyone anymore.
Struggling 30 something needs a Corvette .. No reallyPhatMatt
Mar 6, 2003 2:02 PM
Struggling 30 something needs a Corvette .. No really
I agree with Dina sour.
Do an IP searchdante
Mar 6, 2003 3:46 PM
if he's really in college, there'd be a good chance he would be emailing from the college iteself, b/c probably couldn't afford a computer. Other than that, I'd say he's fishing, doesn't really sound like a college student to me.