I’ve made a lot of judgment errors in my time: locking myself out of the house, dating criminals, thinking I could make it to the mailbox and back unnoticed wearing a bra and this cardigan in place of a proper shirt, picking a wad of black thread off the floor only to discover it was really a dead cockroach, thinking people would read my blog, writing a soppy 20-page letter to a guy who’d dumped me six months before, splitting my jeans in front of a hundred teenagers, wearing a transparent blouse to a basilica…
Hold on, I suddenly need a snack.
(The author shuffles to kitchen, twitching and muttering. Author returns with corn muffin)
What I’m saying is, I’ve made a lot of mistakes.
Do you want to hear about my latest, greatest lapse o’ judgment?
Two days ago, I applied for a good job as a receptionist in a veterinarian’s office. Found the job on Craig’s List. Yesterday morning, I got a reply saying something suspiciously like [Editor’s note in 2015: cited source has since been deleted]. Thrilled at the prospect of working with a vet, I got suckered into filling out the credit report application.
Only tonight did I start having doubts about this lady and do more serious research.
NOW I see that it’s clearly a scam, that no real employer would make that request, that I should have searched for this person BEFORE replying, blah, blah, blah…. but when you’re ignorant and unemployed, any offer looks like a lifeline. I don’t need judgment, I need a hug and a good, long cry.
This mistake could have repercussions— but so far, being scammed has been less upsetting than picking up a dead roach.