I Will Pwn You (Revisited)


I acted like a good Christian today. I rescued my neighbor from being duped by the con artists from the same breed that almost duped me a year ago. It seems white-knighting might be my vocation. A little bit of context for those who don’t know.

So last year, after Christmas, two people from some electric power company visited me to get me to sign an agreement to change the seller of electrical energy. Of course, they didn’t tell me the truth. Instead, they introduced themselves as agents of my current electric company, promising cheaper energy. They sounded so credible, they knew everything about the correspondence between my company and its customers, they also had the documents belonging to the company. I was so stupid that I didn’t even read the documents I was given to sign. There was a name of a different company on it, but I didn’t notice it because it looked similar to my current company and I was totally mindfucked. Even now, I’m not sure what I saw, I was so dazzled. It was when they gave me another thing to sign that I suddenly woke up and noticed the name of the seller was different. I got scared, gathered all the documents and didn’t want to give them back. The agreement was in two copies; one was for the seller, another for the client. They were quite amateur deceivers since they didn’t secure their copy. So they got furious, demanded I gave them their copy of agreement back, they threatened to call the police. I had troubles with driving them out of my home. Finally, they left calling me names.

It seems nothing happens by accident. Perhaps, that experience was necessary so I could warn my neighbor, an elderly sick lady who is only a little younger than my grandma and, like her, she suffers from dementia. She lives with her son but most of the day she is alone, poor thing, as her son is at work. I was just going out when I noticed her in the corridor, leading some young guy to her flat while another guy was waiting outside. I pretended to be curious and asked the guy what they were offering. And I heard the same song like the one last year. Oh we are just from your energy seller, you only have to sign some documents so the energy will be cheaper blah blah blah. So I rushed to the neighbor, interrupted the “business”, warned her, explained everything, told her about my experience. Fortunately, she didn’t manage to sign anything. A rather unpleasant discussion with the guy followed but I didn’t really care. I’ve known most of my neighbors since childhood, including her. Many of them are elderly ladies, some are younger. I believe in reciprocity. Occasionally, the neighbors help me, from time to time I help them. It’s nothing big, just small favors, but it makes life a little bit more pleasant.


5 thoughts on “I Will Pwn You (Revisited)

  1. SIN says:

    I remember this anecdote you shared when it first happened to you.

    Were you behaving like a good Christian, or could it be that you were feeding your own selfish desires? It could be redemption but using this situation as the vehicle to achieve it. Surely you don’t believe in a purely altruistic act? Who did you really save Ms. Czereda?

    It could just be your writing style but the vibe I’m picking up here is this event never really sat well with you. “How could I be duped like that? I feel so foolish!”

    Do you feel less foolish now having saved this old woman from the same fate? It seems to me that you claim your neighbors as part of your tribe. Naturally, you’d feel protective of them. This too is a selfish thing.

    John 3:16 comes to mind.

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    • annaczereda says:

      Of course, it was selfish. This is why I filed it under bragging and compared myself to the white knight. That Christian thing was a tongue in cheek. Helping others is regarded as a virtue but there is no such a thing as altruism. Even if the person I helped benefited from it, I also felt good about myself.

      When it comes to the con artists that visited me, it’s not that I felt bad about it, meaning that I kept blaming myself. Since I “stole” the documents from them, the contract was non-existent, I didn’t have to visit their company office to terminate it. It was as if I never signed it, because they didn’t have any copy of it, any trace of me in their records. So no legal consequences unless they wanted to call the cops or sue me, which of course they never did as that would mean airing the dirty laundry.

      That doesn’t make me any less foolish for letting the strangers in and signing something without reading it. But I felt very lucky about it that it ended well so somehow I wanted to pay the debt for God? Fate? Providence? Actually, I have a strongly rooted sense of moral obligation. Not to mention the moral outrage I felt about these young guys trying to deceive an old sick woman.

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      • SIN says:

        Where do you think that moral obligation comes from? Is it systemic of forged relationships, something impressed upon you or something else?


  2. annaczereda says:

    This neighbor wasn’t the only one these guys visited. I didn’t care that much about others, especially younger ones. Perhaps, she reminds me of my grandma. I have a weak spot for elderly people.


  3. zoryaaeterna says:

    @SIN, the point is what she stated in conclusion – if she help them they will help her, and that’s it. but besides practical value, this attitude for sure have “spiritual” aspect. Lord tried to tell us only this – stop being selfish and primitive monkeys and you’ll have Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. and he said it 2000 years ago, but we are still primitive monkeys despite our sense of “progress”.

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