Valdosta Daily Times


September 8, 2013

Selling their souls and then pocketing the cash

SAVANNAH — Are you pregnant and need to make some extra cash? No worries, just take a pregnancy test and sell it on Craigslist for $25. Sure, you may be compromising your morals and unknowingly ruining someone else's life, but who am I to judge you?

The things that people do for money never cease to amaze me. I wish I was making up that women are selling their positive pregnancy tests, but no, true story. We've become so desperate for things that we start compromising things that used to never be for sale . . . Like our souls. Apparently, compromising our national security even totes a nice price tag and it's only $85.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expanding its expedited screening program called PreCheck to 60 new airports by the end of the year. Currently, 40 airports offer the service. While only frequent fliers and those who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's trusted traveler programs can participate, TSA says later this year it will launch an application process to allow passengers who want to join PreCheck to pay $85, verify their identity and provide fingerprints at an enrollment center.

PreCheck is supposed to be a part of a larger effort by TSA to move to “security based more on risks that certain passengers may pose.” Yeah, because people with the intention of doing something really horrible often look like they are about to do something really horrible. You know, like the guy who boarded a plane in 2009 with explosives sewn to the inside of his underwear. Thankfully, the only thing he was successful at was lighting himself on fire with firecrackers, but you see my point.

These are all extreme examples of desperation, but it gets you thinking about how people or even an entire country gets to that point. Have you ever done anything for money that when you look back on it, it makes you shudder? Believe it or not, there are a few ways for you to make money when you're in a bind. Here are my two favorite methods to bring in some extra money:

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