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  • Flopsy
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  • Flopsy is slang for a scam in which the Hustler arranges to be struck by a car, then feigns injuries. The name comes from the loose-limbed roll across the car hood that causes the Hustler to seem like he is flopping around like a rag doll. A skilled Flopsy artist can take hits up to 25 miles per hour, go rattling across the roof and fall into a miserable pile behind the car without even getting a bruise. Not related to Mopsy and Cottontail. Also not related to Dropsy. Or the King of Omashu's pet. Examples of Flopsy include:
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  • Flopsy is slang for a scam in which the Hustler arranges to be struck by a car, then feigns injuries. The name comes from the loose-limbed roll across the car hood that causes the Hustler to seem like he is flopping around like a rag doll. A skilled Flopsy artist can take hits up to 25 miles per hour, go rattling across the roof and fall into a miserable pile behind the car without even getting a bruise. This con pays out in a number of different ways. The driver's insurance company will pay out for medical care from a doctor who the hustler is in league with for a split. In countries that have disability payments, that can be milked. If there is a "friendly" lawyer available to work a lawsuit up for "fear and suffering", it can be a very big payout. The hustler can sometimes get an immediate cash settlement from the driver, who may fear that his insurance rates will go up, or who has other reasons not to involve the authorities in the matter. A preferred place to stage this play is near the exit from a bar's car park, where the driver will want to avoid a breath test if the police are brought in. Not related to Mopsy and Cottontail. Also not related to Dropsy. Or the King of Omashu's pet. Examples of Flopsy include: