Giving Salespeople a Bad Name…

When I got news of TV pitchman, Don Lepre’s death, I wasn’t surprised to find that he died in his jail cell. What took the authorities so long to arrest this con artist? It’s hard enough for legitimate salespeople to overcome the bad rap about the profession without this ‘clown’ adding to society’s poor impression of salespeople. Thanks Don!
You’ve seen his ads on late night cable TV – “You can make thousands of dollars a week by placing tiny classified ads in newspapers” he would say. The sound of his voice still makes me cringe – It was squeaky, high pitched, and he sounded like a bullshit artist. This time around the scam was about vitamins. What amazed me is that 220,000 bought into it, and are now suing him for $52 million. Good luck collecting…
P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute, and two to take him”. I just can’t believe 220,000 actually thought that Don was legit, and sent him money. A great salesman? I think NOT!
In today’s society, cheating has become more common place than ever. We read about it every day. Cheating and scamming are seen as the fast track to newfound wealth, but it can be anything but. The high road of honesty in business can be a long and bumpy ride. I guess that’s why so many people like Don Lepre opt for the ‘fast track’ for the quick buck. Yeah, but look at him now. His ‘sins’ soon found him out, and at 47 years old he decided that committing suicide was his best option. Sad to say the least.
If you have integrity, you are a billionaire. I don’t know about you, but my integrity is priceless. I’m old school. If I can’t win fair and square I don’t do it. That’s the way I ‘roll’. I probably could make a lot more money cheating and stealing, but who the hell wants to wind up like Don Lepre?


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2 Responses to “Giving Salespeople a Bad Name…”

  1. mike Says:

    Great points and great blog!

  2. goldcall Says:

    Thanks Mike!

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