In this New York Times article about Janet N. Cook, 76, of Suffolk, VA, who was swindled out of $300,000 from a con man on an internet dating site, Ms. Cook is quoted as saying “I’m not stupid, but was totally naïve.”
Well, Ms. Cook, I’m sorry, but I’ve got a news flash for you: You are stupid. Now before everyone gets their panties in a twist over my picking on this poor little old lady, let me acknowledge that I’m stupid too. We’re all stupid at one time or another, and I’ve done some really stupid things, but Janet, handing over $300,000 to a stranger from a dating site is not just really stupid, it’s monumentally stupid!
And now to make things worse, since you’ve gone public about this, everyone now knows that you’re stupid. I prefer to keep my stupidity to myself whenever possible. But Janet, we wish you well. Perhaps the publicity will inspire other stupid people to send you some of their money. I hope so. But maybe that was the plan all along, in which case perhaps you’re not so stupid after all?