Gyps Can’t Cheat You… If You Know the These Tricks (Jun, 1933)
Gyps Can’t Cheat You… If You Know the These Tricks
DISHONEST storekeepers are encouraged to use light weights and short measures by the indifference of their customers, according to Commissioner Joseph P. McKay, of New York City’s Bureau of Weights and Measures. Doctored scales give short weight. Crimped-in berry baskets deceive the eye as to their contents. Gasoline pumps can be manipulated dishonestly. Easy prey to these practices is the careless buyer. Tricks of the gyps are exposed in the photographs on these pages, made especially for Popular Science Monthly with the cooperation of Commissioner McKay. All illustrate cases of fraud discovered by his staffâ€” many crude, a few subtle enough to fool any but the Bureau’s trained experts. One gyp, for example, installed a foot-pedal system worthy of a crooked gambling hall to control the weight registered on his scale. No one can estimate how many hundreds of housewives he cheated.