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Two Tone Jimmy

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Where High Pressure Sales Techniques and Mental Illness Meet


Ronald H. Allen

Published by Ron Allen at Smashwords

Copyright 2010 Ronald H. Allen

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I hate high pressure sales routines! My wife knows I hate high pressure sales routines, but sometimes she judges the potential rewards sufficient to justify a violation of my sensitivities. That’s what happened the day we met Two Tone Jimmy.

My wife and I had taken our first cruise a few months before and we were hooked! Any mention of a new cruise opportunity would cause us both to sit up and start salivating. One of her friends had received a mailed solicitation announcing a free three-day cruise for anyone who would come listen to the sales pitch for a new “vacation travel service.”

Well, the promise of a three day cruise to the Caribbean was too much for Becky, and she eventually wheedled me into making an appointment with the service’s representative to see what special products they offered. At the top of their circular, in bold print, was the comforting statement that “this is not a time share proposal.” That made us feel better, because the Florida panhandle had been awash with time share schemes a few years before, and we all remembered what a rip-off most of them were. Free TVs, stereos, and weekends at local beachside motels, had enticed many people to buy time share memberships that proved to be so encumbered with red tape and restrictions that their annual “benefits” remained unused year after year. No one around here was still enamored by the phrase “time share.”

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