The original Pig In The Poke was used in medieval marketplaces. Villagers would buy a piglet at the market which had it's mouth and feet bound before being dropped into a sack. The con artist would swap the pig bag for one with a bound and gagged cat. When the victim got home and opened the bag, they found they had bought a worthless cat. Hence the saying, 'to let the cat out of the bag'So this recent dime-roll scam was but a newish twist on an old swindle.
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