Woman Exposed for Using Car Dealership to Fool People
A woman in South Africa was exposed for allegedly using a car dealership's display vehicle to promote her online business.
Her scheme included a Louis Vitton bag, a bouquet of roses, a bottle of Champagne, and an unwitting employee to pose with her.
It's a brilliant way to (attempt to) pull the wool over people's eyes, but the dealership wasn't having it.
So, let's set this up:
A "businesswoman" in South Africa wanted people to think that her business was doing well, so she decided to post a misleading photo on her social media page(s).
Her Twitter handle is allegedly khali_billions, and the profile states that she is in sales, recruiting, and marketing.
It also says that she is an "Alpha Female Wolf" and that she is the "first female trader to program a mobile trading robot", whatever that means.
According to a Tweet by Kevin Bankhead, the woman walked into a Mercedes Benz dealership in South Africa carrying a Louis Vuitton bag, a bouquet of flowers, and a bottle of Champagne.
In the Louis Vuitton bag was a dress and, I am assuming, shoes.
The woman walked into the dealership, changed her outfit (she changed into the dress that was in the bag), and then walked over to a brand new Mercedes Benz G-Wagon ($300,000+ US) and began to take selfies.
It appears that, in one of the photos, she was able to coax an employee into joining her to make it look like he was handing her the keys to the car.
Of course, one way to make people think that your online scheme is actually working is to appear to be profiting off of the business.
I guess that if you can make people believe you can afford that vehicle, it could help you recruit others to join the business.
After the woman posted the photos to her social media site(s), someone shared the photos, calling her out.
The individual call her out alludes to the fact that they asked her to remove the photos from her social media site(s), yet she refuses.
Here is what they say the woman did:
The individual goes on to say that he's certain that she didn't purchase the vehicle in question because, he claims, it is still on the showroom floor.
So, who is it that is trying to call her out for posting these misleading photos?
It's the manager of the Avari Cars dealership located in Menlyn, Pretoria, South Africa.
He doesn't mention who the gentleman is in the photo that is handing the keys to the woman but I would surmise that she convinced an unwitting employee to be her accomplice.
Reaction on Twitter has been pretty much one-sided (hint: NOT on her side).
There were several posts about what was included on the woman's profile.
Joey Harris has a great point: most people with serious money don't go about promoting the fact that they have serious money.
I understand that some people DO flaunt their wealth and, from my experience, it's usually people who have recently come into wealth.
Several users did bring up their observations involving people using empty, used, or old bags with high-end logos on them to give the appearance of having deep pockets.
This user makes a great point, too: when people who know her never see her in that Mercedes, what are they going to think?
Others had safety on their minds: if you've got it, it's not smart to flaunt it.
She is risking making herself a target by giving the impression that she is wealthy.
I am in no way victim-blaming or victim-shaming. If she gets attacked/mugged/held hostage, that's on the criminal, not her, regardless of how many lies she spreads on social media or what image she portrays.
I believe that this story is going to make others look at social media posts differently.
Again, don't always believe what you see on social media.
I will admit that I rarely post the "lows" in my life because I try to be an upbeat person. I'd rather spread a smile than try to evoke sympathy and, after seeing this story, I think that I may have to be more careful when sharing stories of good fortune. I wouldn't want to sound boastful.