Ah yes. The American dream. It used to go something like this:
- Immigrate to America, land of promise
- Start a business and work hard
Then, thanks largely to a Ms. Liebeck (lady who spilled McDonald’s coffee on herself and sued for millions), the new American dream became:
- Visit a large, powerful, but most importantly wealthy corporation
- Intentionally injure yourself while on the property or using something obtained from the corporation
- Find a sleazy lawyer
But now, the American dream has been taken to a whole new level. You may have heard about one Tina Sherman. She purportedly took nude photos of herself and sent them to her husband’s cell phone. Her husband, which sources say isn’t the brightest tool in the shed (nor even the sharpest bulb), left the phone at a McDonalds.
The husband calls the McDonald’s and asks them to secure it for him. And apparently it takes the guy a few weeks to finally retrieve his phone because an employee supposedly took the phone and posted the nude photos on the web along with Tina’s phone number and address.
Tina, before her husband can get back to the McDonald’s to retrieve his phone, starts receiving text messages from people who “like what they see.”
So Tina and Co. file suit against McDonald’s for $3 million. But there’s a hitch (actually, a few):
- McDonald’s isn’t the one that took the nude photos
- They aren’t the ones that were stupid enough to leave the phone lying around with nude photos of their wife on it
- Umm… oh yeah — this is the big one — IT’S A SCAM!
Seems that the photos of Tina Sherman don’t exist, nor does the website where the photos were reportedly posted. What does this all mean? The new new American Dream is:
- Get to know some sleazy person that works for a large, powerful, but most importantly wealthy corporation
- In cahoots with the sleazy corporate employee, setup a not-so-elaborate or well-thought out scheme
- Find a REALLY sleazy lawyer
So it didn’t work out this go around. But maybe in a few more years, when people are even dumber than they are today, the scam will work. The Sherman’s? They’re just ahead of their time.