Status of The SWTOR Account I Purchased From Anthony Kresse  

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  Rather than respond to a string of emails, I have decided to simply post an update here regarding the status of the dealings with Anthony Kresse (AMKSED) who remains in control of the SWTOR account he sold me last year.  If you are among those who provided information, opinions or ideas regarding Mr. Kresse and his actions, I thank you.  I will try to answer the most common questions with the following information.

Yes, Anthony Kresse still has the account he sold to me.  While he did offer that if certain conditions were met he might return it, I have seen nothing on his part that has led me to believe that will ever happen.

No, as everyone other than me seemed to know already, Anthony Kresse is not a deputy sheriff as he has claimed.  I was certainly relieved to hear that.  According to the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, Anthony Kresse is not currently and never has been certified as a Deputy Sheriff.  They did indicate that Mr. Kresse is a civilian employee of the County, but that his claims of being a deputy sheriff are false.  I have no idea as to the extent or whether Anthony Kresse has pretended to be a deputy sheriff during personal encounters with others.  The only evidence of his claim that I have witnessed have been his online claims using his moniker AMKSED.

The webpage did accomplish its goal.  It caused Anthony Kresse to contact me and we did engage in an email dialogue.  Mr. Kresse insisted that he did not know that he had gotten back the SWTOR account until just before he contacted me (a period of several months).  He did not provide any explanation as to how he managed to logon, rename the main character, reset his password and reset all the security questions without knowing that he had taken back the account.  I had naively thought that he might step up and take responsibility for his actions and offer a way to make it right.  That is what I would expect from any reasonable mature adult.

One person offered the opinion that someone growing up in a home where everything is provided without the responsibility for his/her actions carries an attitude into adulthood which she described as the following: 
Having a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior)
Has a preoccupation with fantasies of success, power, brilliance or abilities.
Hungers for excessive admiration

Rejects fault for actions
Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others

I considered this in the context of Anthony Kresse and his actions toward me and his online behavior, holding on to an account that I paid for, complaining the it wasn't his fault, pandering for notoriety and public image by recording of himself playing video games on the internet, pretending to be a deputy sheriff and a long list of other indicators that seemed to me to fit the profile.  In the end, it didn't seem relevant.   The only relevant fact seemed to be that I paid him for something and he currently has possession of it and there is no action on his part that indicates that he feels any responsibility to return it.

As for what I have learned from this encounter?  Not a lot.  Years of working with people of every ilk leads me to believe that most people are anxious to take responsibility for themselves and their actions and are fundamentally honest.  That prisons are full of people does make it obvious that not everyone is so honest, yet I believe most are.  Anthony Kresse's behavior doesn't in any way change my mind about that.  There will always be people who cheat others and among those, there will always be the ones who feel no guilt in doing so.  Those are the people who believe everyone owes them, the ones who can easily blame everyone else for their many failures in life.