the rubaiyat car scenario by nick pelling
Nick Pelling writes:
So far, all you’ve managed to do with the Rubaiyat Car Theory is loosely weave stories around your interpretation of it, and then complain about the stories. Feel free to raise your game, it would be a nice change.
Fine, let’s look at the detail of your Rubaiyat car scenario, tell me if I’m weaving.
There are three players.
SM – who sells his car to …
PT – who plans to sell it on to ..
There is no mention of any MV related paperwork in any of the deals, transactional, legal or otherwise ……. nothing to link a seller to a buyer.
No transfer of ownership papers.
No paper showing it was sold at an authorised price.
No transfer of registration papers. No registration papers. No insurance policy.
No Bill of Sale.
No receipt for monies tendered.
Just a copy of the Rubaiyat tossed into the back footwell of the car by the initial seller as a means of identifying the car at some later point in time, if necessary.
My immediate criticism of this scenario is that even in the absence of paperwork, and given SM’s distrust of Thomson’s financial methods, all he had had to do was flip the hood and record the details off the vehicle’s compliance plate.
But why would he do that? Assuming he bought the car legally he would have all the papers necessary to identify it, unless he bought it off the blackmarket in the first place.
Another criticism is how would SM (based in Melbourne) know where to find the car in Adelaide? You’ve made no mention of Thomson having passed that information on to him.
Yet another criticism is why would SM approach Francis in the first place? His issue is with Prosper.
Another criticism is that you’ve not canvassed the idea that Mr Francis I may have sold the car on to a Mr Francis II.
And how could he, or any future buyer do this without having papers (as above)?
.. or do you see everyone involved in the life of the car being party to the blackmarket business?
.. and lastly, why would SM dispose of the Rubaiyat when it carried Thomson’s phone number and bank account number?
This is how the Pelling Rubaiyat Car Scenario looks in real life:
The rubaiyat and tamam shud slip were used as a means of identifying a car sold into the black market by a man intimately familiar with the dishonest methods used by the man he sold it to.
Somebody tell him he’s dreaming.