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Old 09-07-2015, 04:03 PM
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It happens...I'll go first.

About 20 years ago I was picking up my kid brother from the airport. 1:00 am and this crying woman comes up to me with a 3 year old kid in tow: Got no money, been robbed, stranded in Denver, hungry, kid needs meds etc. Pure anguish - very convincing. I took a Benjy from an ATM and gave it to her.

About 6 months later and I had just arrived on a red-eye. Standing at the carousal waiting for my luggage and there she is, pulling the same scam on someone else.

I intervened and she made a quick exit, but the bitch is probably still there....just with a different 3 year old.
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:26 PM
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I'll look for her next time back - what airline?
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Most major airports have a "Travelers Aid" office or booth. This is a charity organization that will help people in situations like this. They usually don't give out cash but will assist with meal vouchers or co-ordinate with social services. For emergency replacement of med.s they are much more efficient than cash because they have the contacts to verify the need and obtain a short-term supply.

They will also help you make phone calls and depending on where you are, may be able to assist you with TSA if you have lost your ID.

Since a person in need can be easily victimized you should not feel guilty reporting a person like this to security, especially if a child is involved. The odds are you will be helping someone in the long-run.
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I would probably have fallen for a scam like that . . .
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Same thing happened to me....
About 20 yeas ago a guy came up to me while pumping gas and needed money to get to his daughter who had just been in an accident and was at the hospital. He forgot his wallet because he left in such a hurry so I gave him a $20 bill and wished him luck.
About 6 months later Im in the same general area waiting in a drive thru and he approaches my truck with exact story. I called him out on it and he just sorta grinned and walked off with no shame at all.

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Old 09-08-2015, 08:29 AM
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Traversing the streets of NYC quickly teaches that 99.9% of stories you get out on the street about hard times are scams.

I knew a crew of twenty somethings who worked as infrequently as possible when I was living there. During the summer they would head down to the subway to go to the beach with nary a nickel in their pockets. Some smooth talking got them subway tokens, smokes, beers, lunch and a few dollars left over at the end of the day. In those days, the average joe out on the street was an easy mark for some fast talking.
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Funny, I got hit on last week in a local parking lot. Guy approached me asking for money for baby formula. He said his girlfriend and their baby wwere in a hotel room across the street. He had a Mt. Dew in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I could see the pack of smokes in his top pocket. He also reeked of beer. When I asked him where he got money for cigarettes and Mt. Dew he tried to change the subject. Based on those observations my B.S. radar pegged at 100%.

Just 2 days later I have another guy approach me in a Target parking lot asking for money for food. I said no and drove away. Looking at him in my rearview mirror, I felt a little guilty so I turned around and went back. There was a casual, family style restaurant in the area so I told him I would take him there and buy anything he wanted including desert. He said all he really wanted was a few dollars to get a bite to eat. I again offered to buy him a meal and he again asked for cash. When I said I had no cash on me but would use my debit card to pay for his meal, he suggested we could go to an ATM. It was at that point I realized he wasn't hungry at all.

Most of these people are druggies/alcoholics that want your money for drugs or alcohol.
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Funny, I got hit on last week in a local parking lot. Guy approached me asking for money for baby formula. He said his girlfriend and their baby wwere in a hotel room across the street. He had a Mt. Dew in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I could see the pack of smokes in his top pocket. He also reeked of beer. When I asked him where he got money for cigarettes and Mt. Dew he tried to change the subject. Based on those observations my B.S. radar pegged at 100%.

Just 2 days later I have another guy approach me in a Target parking lot asking for money for food. I said no and drove away. Looking at him in my rearview mirror, I felt a little guilty so I turned around and went back. There was a casual, family style restaurant in the area so I told him I would take him there and buy anything he wanted including desert. He said all he really wanted was a few dollars to get a bite to eat. I again offered to buy him a meal and he again asked for cash. When I said I had no cash on me but would use my debit card to pay for his meal, he suggested we could go to an ATM. It was at that point I realized he wasn't hungry at all.

Most of these people are druggies/alcoholics that want your money for drugs or alcohol.
exactly, I realized that when I was 18, off at college on my first semester, and my parents came into town. We went out to a barbecue restaurant and had way too much food. I was walking out with 2 take home boxes of ribs and pulled pork and a guy stopped me outside the place and asked for a few bucks to get something to eat. He was away from home, lost his wallet, etc etc. So I asked him which box he wanted the ribs or the boston butt. He looked at me like I was crazy and said, I just need a few bucks.

And that was the last time I even entertained the issue of helping out the sob story.
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Originally Posted by INCORRIGIBLE View Post
Same thing happened to me....
About 20 yeas ago a guy came up to me while pumping gas and needed money to get to his daughter who had just been in an accident and was at the hospital. He forgot his wallet because he left in such a hurry so I gave him a $20 bill and wished him luck.
About 6 months later Im in the same general area waiting in a drive thru and he approaches my truck with exact story. I called him out on it and he just sorta grinned and walked off with no shame at all.
I tend to view all these tactics as scams right from the get go. However, my sister-in-law had an experience recently that has given me some pause...

At a local filling station, a man approached her explaining that he had run out of gas after coming from Baltimore for a job interview. He was asking for a few dollars so that he could collect enough to purchase two or three gallons to get him home. Yeah, right!

She told him so sorry. She then went on to fill up her car, wash her windows, etc. While she was doing this, the tanker truck arrived to re-fill the station's underground fuel tanks. But there was a car parked in the way of the tank-fills, so the tanker truck driver got out and went looking for its owner. Turns out, the vehicle belonged to the guy who was asking for money.

The truck driver asked him to move the vehicle, but the owner said he wasn't sure it would restart because he had coasted in on fumes. He tried, but it wouldn't restart. So the truck driver and the owner ended up pushing the vehicle over to a gas pump, and the truck driver offered him several dollars to get him home.

My sister-in-law, witnessing all this, went over and handed him $40 and told him to use as much for gas as he wanted and just keep the rest. He was immensely grateful.
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Yep; was a country kid but went to school and now work in metro areas; was soft at first; now I just donate to St Jude and other actual charity organizations.
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I'm a sucker, but I typically don't fall for the street scam. The homeless hanging around Publix or Winn Dixie will sometimes just ask for a couple of dollars. Or whatever change I could spare. Sometimes it's the same guys, day after day. One of them I knew was a vet. Those guys I'll give them a dollar or two, the total strangers I play a game of "sure, spare change...I got some. You gotta tell me a joke. Has to be funny, you have to at least give me something in return for my donation".

The regular guys, I've broken a 12-pack and just handed them a couple of cold ones in a grocery bag. It's not secret, they just want a cold beer. I probably spill more beer than I give away.

On two occasions, once on Big Pine Key and once in the middle of downtown Auckland, NZ, I've dropped my wallet. Both times with well over $100 in it. Both times it was turned into the local police station by homeless people. Not a single dollar missing, both times. The time in Auckland it saved my ass, I was flying home the next day to the States.

I just feel like karma wheel slowly spins around the planet, sometimes it saves you and sometimes it screws you. But I also believe that you get back what you put in.
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No money to anyone ever on the street. No homeless, no kids teams, no fake vets, nothing. Maybe firemen. I'll drop some coin in the boot.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:59 AM
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After living in DC for 10 years I have just learned to keep on walking. Everyone has a story and 99.99% of them are BS. Get scammed a few times and you just start ignorning them. Cased a bit of an issue when my wife who has lived in NC and has a good heart thought I was being rude. I pay them a bit more attention when she is around but I still try to just walk away.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by INCORRIGIBLE View Post
Same thing happened to me....
About 20 yeas ago a guy came up to me while pumping gas and needed money to get to his daughter who had just been in an accident and was at the hospital. He forgot his wallet because he left in such a hurry so I gave him a $20 bill and wished him luck.
About 6 months later Im in the same general area waiting in a drive thru and he approaches my truck with exact story. I called him out on it and he just sorta grinned and walked off with no shame at all.
That guy would've gotten his ass kicked had it been me
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Driving down Smathers Beach on the way to work. Saw a elderly lady looked like my deceased Grandmother with a sign stating she was homeless please help. Did a U turn pulled out a couple 20's and gave them to her with a tear in my eye.

Just about that time her 2 20ish grandsons appear.....yup they got me good.
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It happens...I'll go first.

About 20 years ago I was picking up my kid brother from the airport. 1:00 am and this crying woman comes up to me with a 3 year old kid in tow: Got no money, been robbed, stranded in Denver, hungry, kid needs meds etc. Pure anguish - very convincing. I took a Benjy from an ATM and gave it to her.

About 6 months later and I had just arrived on a red-eye. Standing at the carousal waiting for my luggage and there she is, pulling the same scam on someone else.

I intervened and she made a quick exit, but the bitch is probably still there....just with a different 3 year old.
Why has it taken you 19 1/2 years to warn us of this??
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:57 PM
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Only a few times given cash.

One in particular I was helping my father move and needed a quick bite. I swing by mcD's grab what I want and eat in my truck. homeless guy walks up to the garbage can in front of me as I am chowing down, goes through it looking for scraps. He found a few french fries and ate them.

I got out of my truck and handed him $20. He took it, but tried to hand it back stating "no man I can't take this I've been such an azzhole" I told him I wouldn't take it back and stop being an azzhole.
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I had a few hundred square bales down one year and the baler broke down. I went to chattanooga to get the part and while there the weather started looking nasty. I passed a guy holding a sign who was young and fit enough. I said I've got a bunch of hay to get in the barn. I'll pay you, feed you, put you up for the night and bring you back here tomorrow morning. He said oh no, I can't do that but I take donations. I almost punched him.
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:06 AM
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At the boat ramp a few years back I'm launching the boat at dawn there's this scraggly assed, filthy, long hair long bearded guy checking out a few dogfish someone had dumped at the side of the ramp the day before.
He picked up each one carefully smelled it squeezed the meat for softness,And picked one. As he was walking away with his prize I stopped him and handed him a $20.If he was going to eat one of these, this guy was definitely starving.
He just looked at it, stuck it in he's pocket and walked away. Never said a word. Strange dude,strange morning.
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