I’ve always enjoyed the Ulsterman’s (and -woman’s) ability to find anything “desperate”. As far as I can pin down this all-purpose expression, it indicates the odd, out-of-the-ordinary, even wryly amusing.
Just once in a while, those attempted e-mail scams throw up such an object.
Is it really worthwhile to pose as Mrs Florence Au and solicit me to receive a cut of her late husband’s multi-millions, lodged in a foreign bank?
Or the expert who remotely diagnoses a security fault on my Windows PC, when the whole house is Mac-dependent?
Or the notification that my non-existent account with the Bank of Ireland, Paypal, Amazon or Ebay has been infringed?
But … whoa! … here comes a new one.
Malcolm Redfellow, it seems, is being chased for not paying his dues to E-ZPass, the electronic toll-road collection system for the North-Eastern United States.
Since Malcom Redfellow does physically exist (at least beyond these mumblings), does not drive — and certainly not in the Tri-State area, does not and never has owned a vehicle or a driving licence, —
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.