Legitimate mystery shopping opportunities exist, but this week one local woman learned that with them also comes the possibility of scams.
Mystery shoppers are hired by some retail companies to evaluate the quality of service of their stores. Shoppers are instructed to make a purchase in a store or restaurant and then report on the experience.
Typically, the shopper is reimbursed and can keep the product or receive a small payment.
Uvalde resident and longtime (now retired) teacher Betty Meyer is an experienced mystery shopper.
When she recently responded to an email advertisement for a mystery shopping opportunity in the Uvalde area, Meyer almost walked into a near-perfect scam.
“Stepping inside the rundown clapboard house with the unkempt yard, I saw a small withered looking old man glaring at me from his rocking chair. ‘What the hell do you want?’” reads an excerpt from western-writer G.R. (Ron) Williamson’s book about Willis Newton, part of the Newton Gang of Uvalde County.
Williamson, of Kerrville, will be guest author today at the annual book review hosted by the Delta Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at First State Bank of Uvalde. The public is invited to attend this session.
Williamson has published three non-fiction books on the West and his body of work includes several Western screenplays. His latest crime novel, “T-Head Dead,” set in present-day Corpus Christi, is expected to be published later this year.
An allegedly intoxicated motorcyclist was arrested Friday night after causing a crash that resulted in a small fire. The two-vehicle wreck occurred at approximately 11:02 p.m. at the intersection of North Getty and Studer streets.