Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Free Peter Popoff (Limited time offer, Shipping and Handling extra!)
Peter Popoff used to make a living by appearing before huge audiences of Bible-thumping yokels and claiming to receive "messages" from "god" that gave him "secret" information about certain individuals in that audience. He'd walk up to one slack-jawed semi-literate hick after another and totally wow them with "knowledge" about their darkest fears, hidden pains, and cherished dreams. Then he'd get them to open their wallets to support his "ministry," claiming that if they gave with open and generous hearts (and empty brains- that was the easy part) the money would be returned to them a hundredfold because "god" wanted them to be rich, they just had to believe it would happen strongly enough.
In 1986, Peter Popoff was exposed as the sleazy huckster fraud he is and always has been- it turned out that he was planting his own employees in the crowd to start conversations with the sheep and pick up information Popoff could use in his act. Popoff's wife would then feed her husband this information via a hidden earpiece worn by Popoff, making it look (to the desperate and desperately stupid, at least) as if the Good Reverand was reading minds- or being told by god what to say about the person standing in front of him. Popoff's assets were seized- or at least they would have been if god didn't tell Popoff (through his attorney) to declare bankruptcy and fall off the radar for a while.
Well, guess what? Within a few years Popoff made a comeback by using the magic of late-night infomercials to pitch "miracle water"- little bags of water which, when sprinkled around and/or consumed in the right way, will bring someone money. That someone is not the person doing the sprinkling or drinking, of course- their job is to send back the empty bag along with a donation. The only person actually receiving money is Peter Popoff. As god intended, no doubt.
Nowadays most of Popoff's ads run on Black Entertainment Television, and most of the people we see crying that they ordered the water and prayed for money and got it Gawd Be Praised are black. Popoff's figured out where the Desperate Stupid Undereducated Christian money is these days. And who is least likely to check out what The Evil Google (or believe it because it's just The Devil Talking anyway) says about Peter Popoff before ordering their bag of water.
I'm just going to say two things about Peter Popoff and his current hustle. First, what's with the "extra large" bag of water bit? How does he sell that? Does extra water mean extra money falling from the sky courtesy of god? Why not just go with the Additional Bag of Water Free Just Pay Extra Shipping and Handling bit? Could he be any more cynical?
Second- and this is going to sound strange- I don't want the government to go after Peter Popoff. I want law enforcement to leave him alone to buy tv ads and sell bags of water to the suckers. Because I don't want a dime of my tax money going to the hopeless cause of saving people from themselves. If anyone wants to take money they don't have and send it to this carnival barker, that's their business. Society slapped him down in the 1980s, at considerable cost in time and money to the Justice System. The story is all over the internet. It's out there, for everyone to see. All you have to do is check for yourself. If you fail to do that before you sell your Miracle Coin collection and 9/11 Commemorative plates so you can buy bags of water through the mail, well, fooled you twice, shame on you. Tell your story to Ripoffreport.com. I'm not interested anymore.