||I was talking about real small-ad vendors, not the lonely hearts columns. There are a multitude of very dodgy service providers out there. One of my favourites is Lorraine Electronics, who have been peddling their bugging devices for years. Their current print advert shows a worried, aged executive saying "I thought I'd never need surveilance equipment. But then I said the same about mobile phones.". Can't you just picture the sort of customer they're targetting here?
You also get companies selling Russian brides, covert infidelity checks, transvestism days out, loan sharking, "fine wines" at affordable prices, gangster hire, etc. It's fascinating just thinking about who's being sold to in the small ads. I mean, these are paid for adverts, they're not there for pranks, they're there because a market exists for this stuff.
It's just too bad that they have to pay someone to engineer a 'chance' meeting with a cool chick.
Well, at least it's better than them stalking the chick herself. But this company is basically banking on their clients having more money than courage. I'll bet most of their clients are well aquainted with their chosen victim, and either lack the courage to move on her, or are bitter that she's got different plans or a different life which doesn't involve them.
So this outfit is saying "That chick always brushes you off, hey? We're your pals, and for the right amount of money, we can sort out that personal injustice of yours.". As the site says, these are basically PIs looking for more upmarket customers. But PIs don't wield Cupid's bow. I personally forsee ruined lives and rich PIs, but that's because I'm cynical.
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