duminică, 5 aprilie 2009

The Man who sold the Eiffel Tower

Victor Lustig, known as "the man who sold the Eiffel Tower", was one of the most talented confidence tricksters who ever lived. Born in 1890 in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, he was a glib and charming conman, fluent in multiple languages. He established himself by working scams on the ocean liners steaming between Paris and New York City. In 1925, Lustig's master con began when he was reading a newspaper: an article discussed the problems the city was having maintaining the Eiffel Tower. So he adopted the persona of a government official, and sent six scrap metal dealers an invitation to discuss a possible business deal. Lustig told the group that the upkeep on the Eiffel Tower was so outrageous that the city could not maintain it any longer, and wanted to sell it for scrap. So he sold the Eiffel Tower to one of the scrap metal dealers and took a train to Vienna with the suitcase full of cash. The buyer was too humiliated to complain to the police.

Omul care a vandut Turnul Eiffel
Victor Lusting, cunoscut drept " omul care a vandut Turnul Eiffel " , a fost unul dintre cei mai talentati escroci are au existat. Nascut in 1890 in Bohemia, Cehoslovacia era un impostor fermecator si abil care cunostea multe limbi straine. El si-a dovedit maiestria pacalind lumea pe navele de croaziera ce faceau ruta Paris - New York. In 1925, lovitura de gratie a lui Lustig a plecat de la un articol citit de el in ziar in care se discuta depre probleme pe care le avea orasul cu intretinerea Turnului Eiffel. Asa ca a furat identitatea unui oficial si a trimis 6 invitatii la negustorii de fier vechi pentru a participa la o discutie. Lustig le-a spus ca intretinerea turnului este ingrozitor de mare si ca primaria nu mai poate indeplini aceasta sarcina si ca intentionau sa il vanda pe bucati la fier vechi. Asadar a vandut Turnul Eiffel si a luat un tren spre Viena cu o valiza plina cu bani. Cumparatorul a fost prea umilit ca sa mai depuna plangere la politie.

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