The Rogue's Gallery
Despite the fact that most miners and treasure hunters are as decent, honest, and generous as the day is long, there is always that element of liars, cheats, thieves, hustlers, scammers and basic n'er-do-wells who make it their business to try and ruin yours. For lack of a better term I call these self-serving miscreants "rogues."
If you take a gander over to the right of this post and down a bit, you'll see I've added a new item in the right sidebar titled the "Treasure Trove Dreams" Rogue's Gallery. What is the Rogue's Gallery? It will be a listing of individuals, companies, vendors, clubs, and/or shops that have been flagged as either untrustworthy or dishonest, or that make it a habit to conduct business in an unethical or questionable manner.
Who to Avoid
I myself will publish the first rogue on the list the first week of June 2011 (an honor justly earned by the yet un-named recipient). Each time I list a rogue I will do a small write-up post on his or her offenses and elaborate upon what those offenses were or are.
You know, the small-scale mining and treasure hunting communities are close knit and it won't take long for the word to get out there about who to avoid and who NOT to do business with. Now I may not be Fox News, but I have earned a large enough readership over the past 4 years to sting some of these rogues good and hard...something most of them have never had to worry about till now.
You'll Have Input Also
You, my readers, will also have the opportunity for input and nominations to the Rogue's Gallery. Just send me the details along with some documentation and/or independent verification. I need the latter for obvious reasons, one of which is listed in the next paragraph.
The "Treasure Trove Dreams" Rogue's Gallery is not meant to be a forum for vendettas but a means of passing a word of warning on to all of you so that you won't fall prey to these unscrupulous types. If I can save any of you a tiny bit of time, money, or anguish...then it's all worth it.
I'm NOT Joking
Unlike the real "Joker" pictured at the beginning of this post...I'm NOT joking about going after these folks whom I consider a blight and a cancer upon the small-scale mining and treasure hunting communities. So I am putting them on notice right here and now.
Like they say, "the pen is mightier than the sword..."
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2011
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