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No, You Didn’t Break His Glasses: Avoiding the Eyeglass Scam

Times must be really tough, because I’ve been seeing a lot of articles about the “broken eyeglass scam.” If you aren’t familiar with it, here’s how it works:

You are walking down the street and you collide with another pedestrian. You make your apologizes and attempt to move on, only to be accosted with the complaint that you broke the person’s glasses, which just happened to be in their pocket at the time you bumped into to him (or her).  The pedestrian will then brandish his damaged glasses so that you may see the havoc caused by your exuberant stride, and may go on at length about how he is a man of modest means and is now unable to see clearly.

Therefore, you are under obligation to pay for the repair of his glasses. Or at least contribute to the cost. $50 should do the trick, but he’ll gladly accept $20.

Keep your wallet shut.

Along with the pigeon drop and the shell trick, this is one of the oldest scams in the book. Variations on the con involve other breakable items, such as wine and medication bottles.  In any case, however, keep in mind that you aren’t under any obligation to pay up.

In most cases, all you need to do is look the scammer in the eye and say,

“Sorry, I don’t have any cash.”


“I’ll have to call the police so that I can file a claim with my homeowner’s insurance company.”


“I know this is a scam, and I’m calling the cops.”


In most cases, scammers will move on, looking for another target.

The scam works for two reasons: First, the victim is jarred by getting bumped into and then verbally confronted by the scammer. The second reason is that con artists prey upon the decency of others.  Nobody likes to be the cause of causing damage to another person’s property, particularly something like glasses. But the chances of glasses getting broken in a person’s pocket as a result of a street collision is pretty slim. . .don’t let confusion and having your emotions played cloud your thinking.

As I said earlier, most scammers will flee the scene if confronted. However, if the con artist is persistent and won’t leave you alone, here are some tips for dealing with the situation:

1. Move into an office building, restaurant or shop. If the con artist has been working the area, it’s likely that the employees or security guards know who he is. He won’t want to follow you into some place where he could be outed. If he hangs around outside the shop or building, call the police.

2. If the scammer menaces or threatens you (very unlikely, but possible) scream for help. He doesn’t want to attract attention and will probably run.

3. Suggest that the scammer replace his glasses at Zenni Optical, where he is sure to get a great deal.

One more thing: Even if you don’t fall for the scam, call your police department’s non-emergency line to report the incident. Police are often interested in busting street scammers and can use your information to address the problem.



Wednesday, April, 10 2013 by

Do You Need Polarized Sunglasses?

What The Heck Are Polarized Sunglasses?

Designed to reduce the glare caused by sunlight reflecting off of surfaces such as water, snow and glass windshields, polarized lenses can prevent a lessening of visibility. For this reason, polarized sunglasses can offer an increased level of safety over regular summer shades. Regular sunglasses dim the overall light, but don’t reduce reflective surface glare that can block your perception of important details during activities like boating, skiing and driving.

Polarization is a property of light which basically involves light waves moving off of a surface. Since the light waves mostly move horizontally, polarized sunglasses lenses are treated vertically with polarizing film to counteract the resulting glare. Polarized sunnies are available in many fabulous frames and an array of fun, colored tints. This eyewear varies in its degree of tinting and the different colors work with light differently depending on the main surface color.


Remember though that just because sunglasses are tinted, it doesn’t mean that they have polarizing lenses. The label should always indicate that you are buying polarized eyewear. Here’s a quick guide to the best polarizing film tints for different activities:


Polarized Sunglasses Tints Matched To Outdoor Activities


***Violet or Rose — boating, fishing, water skiing, golf

***Green — baseball, tennis

***Dark Gray — driving, boating

***Yellow — skiing, snow boarding

***Brown or Amber — all purpose, golf, biking, jogging


Who Should Wear Polarized Sunglasses?

If you drive, boat, snow ski, water ski, fish, golf or bike or play baseball or tennis, you should consider getting a pair of polarized sunglasses for safety reasons alone. When driving on a sunny day, the glaring sun can block out a large portion of the road ahead as far as your vision is concerned as the sunlight reflects off of the windshield.  This glare effect can also occur on a ski slope causing you to have a higher risk of not seeing obstacles in your path. The same goes for seeing details clearly during water activities such as fishing, water skiing or boating — no more of the lake looking like a giant mirror!


Polarized sunglasses may also be right for you f you have light sensitivity issues or are facing the after effects of cataract surgery. Discussing whether polarized sunnies could be an option for you with your eye care professional can be a good idea.

What Should I Look For In Polarized Eyewear?

Look for ultraviolet (UV) protective polarized lenses to protect your eyes against sun damage.  If the safety concern isn’t enough for you, consider the comfort of experiencing less pain of having bright sunlight in your eyes and an increased perception that can help you better enjoy playing in that weekend baseball game, tennis match or golf championship. You choose the tint that will offer you the best contrast with the main background color of your environment.  (Refer to the color guide above.) The degree of contrast, plus the glare reducing effect, can help give you maximum visibility on a bright, sunny day.

You may even be able to perform better as an added bonus like actually being able to see the golf or tennis ball more clearly through the glaring sun. Plus, polarized sunnies are typically lightweight, with thin lenses, so they aren’t going to bulk you down.

A Passion For Fashion

Playing with different colors of polarized lenses to set off different summer outfits can be fashionista fun for sure. For example, Oakley has some 2012 polarized sunglasses in lime green and purple, while Neff is offering yellow polarizing lenses in white frames. There are many more color possibilities that can wake up any summer look while also protecting the eyes. Bring on summer!

Monday, July, 2 2012 by