He laughed to himself, and he said, “There goes the newspaper, making another mistake.” But he decided to call the number anyway and he asked the woman who answered about the sports car.
“Is it really brand new?”
“Yes,” she replied.
“Three thousand miles?”
“Seventy-five dollars,” she answered.
“Lady, what’s wrong with it?” he asked.
“Nothing is wrong with it. You’re the first to call. I supposed nobody else believes the ad.”
He decided to look at it. She let him take a test drive. The car looked exquisite and ran perfectly. He just couldn’t believe his luck!
“The car is yours for $75.00,” the woman said emphatically, “on one condition. I want the money now and I want you to drive it away so I never have to see it again.”
He paid her and took the keys. “Please tell me, lady,” he persisted. “You could have sold this car for fifty
thousand dollars. What is going on?”
She told her story: “I bought this car for my husband on our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Two weeks later he ran off with somebody else. Last week I got a postcard from him. They are in a resort in Miami Beach, Florida. The postcard said, ‘Need money, sell car, send cash.’”