Mitzi Bowser walked over to the Brown Detective Agency thinking that Agatha Grubs scammed her. Agatha had offered to sell Mitzi her new bike for just $10, but Agatha put a few terms in the deal.
1) Mitzi could pay $5 immediately and the other $5 by noon the following day.
2) Mitzi was not allowed to see the bike before putting any money down.
3) Mitzi had to accept the bike, as is. If she decided she did not want the bike, she surrendered her $5.
4) If Mitzi did not go to Agatha’s before the noon deadline, she surrendered her $5.
5) Only Mitzi was allowed to see the bike. If she came with anyone else, she surrendered her $5.
6) Agatha could pretty much call the deal off at her own discretion. If she did, Mitzi surrendered her $5.
This sounds like a remarkably shitty deal. Why would anyone agree to it? For some reason, Mitzi did and she paid Agatha the $5. No one forced her to do that, so this was her own doing. Mitzi seemed to have forgotten Item #5 of the list of terms, and hired Encyclopedia and Sally to figure out if she had been scammed.
When the three showed up at Agatha’s house, she threatened to call the call off the deal until Encyclopedia and Sally agreed to leave. Only they didn’t really leave, they just hid themselves behind a few garbage cans and watched from across the street. That plan worked until a city truck parked right in their line of sight. They didn’t want to get closer, because they were afraid that Agatha would see them.
A few minutes later, they took a peek and saw Agatha walking the bike back to her garage. Mitzi explained that, although it was a beautiful, she thought she saw a major problem with it. “When the pedal on the left goes forward, the one on the right goes backward – and vice versa. That bike is dangerous! The pedals don’t turn the same way.”
I had to read that quote several times and make sure that her complaint was what I thought it was. It sounded like she was complaining that the pedals moved opposite of each other in a circle. This couldn’t have been what she was complaining about, could it? For her to actually think that this was a legitimate problem with the bike, she would have to have never seen a bicycle, tricycle, a Big Wheel, or anything else that involved pedals.
Agatha returned from the garage and defended herself. She said that she had already explained that the pedals were damaged and that if Mitzi was going to buy it, she was going to pay someone to have it fixed. Agatha said she didn’t know how much, but it could be up to $50 or $60. Mitzi said that she couldn’t afford to bring it somewhere to have it fixed, so she wasn’t going to buy it. Agatha said she was going to keep her $5, and that’s when Encyclopedia stepped in.
Encyclopedia explained that, yes, that’s how bike pedals work. When one side is forward, the other side is back. When one is up, the other is down. I commend Encyclopedia for not losing his patience and yelling, “How the hell do you not know that, you freakin’ idiot?”
It turned out that Agatha had no intention to sell the bike and that she made up a fake problem to scare Mitzi out of buying the bike so that she could keep her $5. Encyclopedia argued that since there was nothing wrong with the bike, that Agatha should still honor her deal and sell Mitzi the bike for $10, which is what ended up happening.
That is complete bullshit. Agatha doesn’t owe Mitzi a damn thing. Yes, the terms of Agatha’s original agreement were ridiculous and they sounded like the worst deal ever. I don’t know what kind of idiot would agree to such terms, but Mitzi did and she paid Agatha the $5 deposit.
Part of that agreement was that Mitzi bought the bike as is, sight unseen. She heard that the bike needed some work, and she declined. Agatha gets to keep the $5; that’s what Mitzi agreed to. By the way, what kind of bike was she expecting for $10? Was she expecting it to be perfectly operational? For $10, I’d expect a rusty heap of metal with two wheels hastily attached.
Part of the agreement was that only Mitzi would be able to see the bike. Encyclopedia stuck his nose into the proceedings and told Mitzi that the bike was actually in full working order. It shouldn’t matter. Mitzi had already declined on buying the bike – meaning that Agatha would get to keep the $5 – and someone other than Mitzi was seeing the bike – meaning that Agatha would get to keep the $5.
No matter how you look at it, Mitzi agreed to the shitty agreement and then broke the terms of the agreement. Agatha should get to keep the $5.
Though Agatha got wrongly screwed over on this deal, she was an idiot for even making the offer in the first place. First of all, she was lucky that she found someone dumb enough to take the stupid offer. How many people before Mitzi said, “Ten dollars for a bike? Sounds good. Wait… I’m not allowed to see the bike before I agree to give you any money and I’m not allowed to let anyone else see it and if I change my mind, you keep my $5? No, never mind.”
But what if someone did agree to that with full knowledge that there was something wrong with the pedals? Even if the repairs did cost $60 worth of work, that’s still $70 for a bike. That’s not a bad deal. It’s an even better deal when you realize that the so-called problem with the pedals wasn’t real.
“Yeah, I know how pedals work. They’re supposed to do that.”
Then Agatha would have to sell her new bike for $10.
However, even though she was trying to scam someone else, I feel like she got wrongfully scammed out of her bike. Encyclopedia could be such a bully sometimes.