Although crime seems to be the best-paid profession in South Africa at the moment, it is still not as sophisticated as in some of the other parts of the world. A gentleman based in Bogota, Colombia, tells the story of a fellow American who’s new Mercedes Benz was stolen off the street. The next day, he received a phone call demanding a $10,000 ransom. On the advice of his insurers, he paid up, and the robbers duly left his car where he could find it.
The next day they phoned again, saying that because he had paid so promptly, his car was "insured" against theft for a full year. A week later, however, his Mercedes was gone again. The same thieves phoned to demand $10,000.
"But it's not fair," protested the victim. "You stole my car before and promised it wouldn't happen again for 12 months." After first protesting that this was impossible, the caller promised to check, and the victim could hear computer keys over the phone. Finally, the caller was back on the line, full of apologies, and told the victim where his Mercedes could be found. When he got there, the American found not only his car, but also a bottle of French Champagne on the front seat, as well as a card apologizing for the mistake and the inconvenience.