Little Scams From Gary Soto's Petty Crimes

Little Scams From Gary Soto's Petty Crimes
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  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • One day Mario and his friend, Tony, went to a local store, Hanion's Market. When they arrived, Tony distracted the clerk by juggling boxes.  While doing this Mario was able to snatch 3 bags of pork rinds without getting caught.  Later,  Mario had the idea of getting a refund on the stolen pork rinds.  He would do this by tricking the store clerk to believe there were bugs in the pork rind bags.  They tried the plan, and it worked.   They decided to scam other store clerks. 
  • Climax
  • "'...It was an accident.  My mom is in Alaska now, but she left these things here.  She was in a hurry.'"
  • While they were scamming a new store, one of the store clerks they already tricked walked in.  He told the clerk they were lying, it was a scam, and called the police.  When the police arrived they only caught Tony as Mario escaped.
  • Falling Action
  • A couple of days later Mario had been invited to his mother's cousins wedding.  At the wedding, the men would pin money on the bride's gown or place it in her hand.  Mario danced with the bride, while doing this he stole a twenty dollar bill.
  • Denoument
  • A couple days earlier Mario went to Goodwill and got an idea to come back and steal some of the things people dropped off outside.  After the wedding, he came back to Goodwill and told the guy outside that his mother moved to Alaska and she needed back some of the things she donated.  The employee believed him, he took a couple of golf clubs, a tv, a vacuum cleaner, a stroller, and a video game.
  • With all of these stolen items, Mario decided to have a garage sale.  He marked the items with prices and was sure everybody would come and there would be no need to put a sign that says bargain outfront.
  • A couple people stopped by, but nobody bought anything.  Until one man came by and offered Mario a deal.  He wanted to trade Mario's tv, video game, vacuum cleaner, and twenty-five dollars for a boombox.  But, he also needed batteries, so he paid the man 2 more dollars.  Mario put in the batteries and tried playing some music, but there was no sound.  He took off the back of the boombox and it was fulled of crushed bricks. Mario felt weak and furious, now the scammer had gotten scammed. 
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