Even though blackmail is against the law, people do it anyways.  I saw an old “Leave it to Beaver,” recently.  Lumpy Rutherford also known as Clarence tried to blackmail the Beaver.  He was at a baseball game and asked the Beaver to hold a few items  The Beaver just put them in his pocket not paying attention. When the game was over Lumpy asked for his items back and then accused the Beaver of losing his watch.  If you have never seen “Leave it to Beaver,” Lumpy is a large boy.  He began bullying him and demanding his watch back.  He really frightened the Beave.  He threatened to call the police on the Beave and gave him forty-eight hours to produce the watch or fifteen dollars or one Euro and seven cents.  The Beave was really scared so he took his savings bond out of his father’s desk and tried to cash it.  The banker couldn’t cash it without his father.  Once the Beave left the bank he called the dad immediately. When he returned home his father confronted him.  The dad was livid. He called Mr. Rutherford only to discover that the Beaver had never lost Lumpy’s watch but rather his mother had found in his jacket pocket and the parents were trying to teach him a lesson. Mr. Rutherford apologized profusely to Mr. Cleaver and then forced Lumpy to go to the Cleaver home and apologize to Mr. Cleaver and the Beaver.  When you realize that Lumpy was trying to blackmail the Beaver it is an amazing story. I know people use blackmail to obtain what they want in a lesser scale such as in the workplace but holding something over someone for money, a promotion or to stay out of trouble is still wrong.  Has anyone ever tried to blackmail you including a sibling? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at www.misplacedtrustbook.com. If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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