Consumer Power — A Funeral, Garbage Bag, and a Man

by John Watts on January 12, 2012

I hope you are doing well this Thursday morning. It has been several weeks since we sent out a newsletter — after several years of being consistent, I apparently decided to take December off…. :)

I do appreciate the emails and letters I have received asking about the newsletter and we will return to being consistent here in 2012.

So I was driving to Atlanta on Tuesday. I’m on I-285 and two motorcycles merge onto the interstate. They have flashing lights and I realize they are police officers.

Then I notice cars behind them have their flashers on. Using amazing powers of reasoning and logic, I figure out this is a funeral procession.

About 50 cars with two motorcycle officers at the front and at the back.

The officers wave all of us over so the normal traffic is only in the left lane. The funeral procession in the right lane.

The middle lane is empty.

All of us in the left lane are going the speed of the procession — about 45 mph.

We come around a curve and I see an unusual looking vehicle off on the right shoulder up ahead. It is a white van but it has a pickup bed on the back of it. And it has a trailer on it.

Bags full of something (garbage I assume) are piled everywhere.

There is a man on the side of the road in work clothes.

Then I see the bag of garbage in the middle lane.

I notice the officers are gesturing to this man and then I realize he has moved to the right lane and is thinking about running out into the middle lane to grab the bag of garbage. The officers are making all sorts of gestures to get him not to do this.

I’m watching this all happen in slow motion.

I think he’s going to do something really dumb — like not get out of the right lane where the funeral procession is heading toward him at 45 mph.

At the last moment he jumps out of the way.

Good intentions to get the garbage bag but probably foolish to get killed by a funeral procession.

It reminded me that we all do dumb things. Sometimes I realize my list is pretty long….

I’m hoping to cut down on those this year. How about you?

One smart thing we can all do is take a look at our credit reports — see if the information is accurate or not. I just met with a friend who pulled his reports — two were 100% correct but the other one had him mixed up with someone with a similar name. All sorts of information on there was incorrect.

You just don’t know till you look.

You can go here to find out more about pulling your credit reports at no charge.

We’ll share some other tips this year that we hope will be helpful to you.

And should you ponder crossing lanes of interstate on foot in Atlanta (or anywhere else), please don’t….. :)

Have a great rest of the week!

John Watts

Watts & Herring, LLC




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