In today's world of smart phones, smart grids, and smart cars, companies are collecting, storing, and sharing more and more information about you. In fact, as illustrated by a new video from the Federal Trade Commission, you might not realize just how often companies do so.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A case in point involves Mr. Dowdall, a 70-year-old man who suffers from an advanced form of dementia and was not supposed to be driving. However, when he was left at home alone one day, he drove his older model car down to the dealership and traded it in on a brand new convertible. Described as a "frugal man" before the onset of dementia, Dowdall signed a purchase contract for $62,130, including $10,000 of dealer add-ons, without negotiating.
The dealership helped him finance the purchase, obligating Mr. Dowdall to make $923 monthly payments that his wife said he could not afford. So, she hired an attorney to determine if her husband was the victim of elder abuse.
The salesman "acknowledged that something had seemed amiss with the man," but said there was nothing he could do once the sale was completed.
Later, the dealership agreed to take back the car after being "inundated with angry phone calls and emails" in response to media reports of this incident.
Monday, March 12, 2012
So, when deciding if you've got "reasonable suspicion," ask yourself:
"Would someone with average judgment, who saw or heard what I did, also be suspicious?"If so, it's reasonable. And while you may not always be right, when you are, a child may be saved from harm.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
In our previous post, we told you about Christopher Carlson who was on trial for child abuse charges because he kicked and yelled at his three young grandsons to keep them going while hiking the Grand Canyon in triple-digit August heat.
After deliberating for two days, the jury found Carlson guilty on the three of the six charges.
Carlson was 15 years old when the boys' mother was born, and is now 45 years old facing life in prison.
His sentencing is scheduled for June 1.