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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #840 on: May 10, 2013, 02:40:20 PM »
I did tell her "No" as well, eventually shutting the door on her.  She hasn't come back since and I got the impression she was trying to drum up more business. 

Sorry, should've said 'a second no is in order.'  ::)

And if you got the impression she was trying to drum up business, then you probably didn't get bad vibes from her.

Still, woman's got chutzpah...
This is a common ploy for Kirby salespeople. They give over a small item and offer to clean your home. Then you get treated to 2 hours of a sales speel and demo in your living room.

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« Reply #841 on: May 10, 2013, 02:50:59 PM »
I did tell her "No" as well, eventually shutting the door on her.  She hasn't come back since and I got the impression she was trying to drum up more business. 

Sorry, should've said 'a second no is in order.'  ::)

And if you got the impression she was trying to drum up business, then you probably didn't get bad vibes from her.

Still, woman's got chutzpah...

I got the feeling she was in the area, maybe cleaning someone else's home and decided she'd see about adding a client.  She looked dressed to clean anyway.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #842 on: May 10, 2013, 03:15:58 PM »
Who's who books are targeting academia. They are after sales, not honoring people!

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« Reply #843 on: May 10, 2013, 03:23:01 PM »
When I was in the Dominican Republic, a woman came up to me and started putting cornrows in my hair without asking.  I was ready to tell her to get lost, but (a) I thought it would be fun to see what I looked like in cornrows and (b) I figured she was probably quite poor and could use some tourist dollars.  Well, she ended up asking me for $50!  I haggled down to $30, which was still far more than I wanted to pay.  I should have done what my friend did - she tried to do the same to him (not sure why - he had very short hair), and he pulled out his pockets to indicate that he didn't have any money on him.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #844 on: May 10, 2013, 06:45:59 PM »
I just found this gem in my mail-box today.

I am Mr.Thomas Collins, I have a proposal for you.
A client of mine have been dead for years with no trace of any relative.
I want to present you as the heir to my late clients funds
worth millions of Dollars before the government confiscate it.
Contact me immediately for more information
Email: barristerthomascollinschamber1@gmail.com
if you are interested, Please delete It.

He's right. I was interested in deleting it.   >:D
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #845 on: May 10, 2013, 07:13:18 PM »
I haven't checked my spam folder for a while, and yesterday I found this.  Who knew the UN had enough money to randomly send me $5K USD per day up to $1.8B?

Hello,

 I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00USD through Western Union as we have been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation payment of $1,800,000.00USD via Western Union Money Transfer by the United Nations (ECOWAS). This is because United Nations are supporting individuals due to the worldwide economy meltdown.

I would have requested for your phone number to give you the information through phone but internet hackers were many. So i decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you can pick up this $5000.00USD to enable us send another $5000.00USD by tomorrow as you know that we will be sending you only $5000.00USD per day.  The fund was send in the name which you use in opening your e-mail address.

Please pick up this information and rush to any western union to pick up the $5000.00USD and send us an email back to enable us send you another payment by tomorrow.

Email or call me once you picked up this $5000.00USD today.

Mr.Daniel Wilson
E-mail: westernunionofficeannex74@yahoo.com.hk

Here is the western union information to pick up the
$5000.00USD,

MTCN :___________________916-765-3719
SENDER'S NAME:___________Sahrir Saad
TEXT QUESTION:___________HONEST
ANSWER:__________________TRUST
AMOUNT SENT______________$5000.00USD
COUNTRY:_________________Cambodia


I am waiting for your email  once you pick up the
$5000.00USD,

Thanks
Mr.Daniel Wilson.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #846 on: May 10, 2013, 07:43:08 PM »
Was visiting Nanna. She asked me to go to a local farmers market type set up and get some fresh berries. She tells me how much a pint will cost. I park a distance away and walk up.


Me - I'll take a pint of blackberries
Farmer - Ok that will be 2x what nanna said
Me - Oh I'll have to go back and get more money from the car Nanna said it would be x per pint
Farmer - Who is Nanna
Me (Nanna's full Name) I'm (mom's name) daughter
Farmer oh the Texas granddaugher it is X for a pint.


Still not sure if it was a local vs tourist thing or if he just gave Nanna a break on the prices.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #847 on: May 13, 2013, 10:35:12 AM »
Was visiting Nanna. She asked me to go to a local farmers market type set up and get some fresh berries. She tells me how much a pint will cost. I park a distance away and walk up.


Me - I'll take a pint of blackberries
Farmer - Ok that will be 2x what nanna said
Me - Oh I'll have to go back and get more money from the car Nanna said it would be x per pint
Farmer - Who is Nanna
Me (Nanna's full Name) I'm (mom's name) daughter
Farmer oh the Texas granddaugher it is X for a pint.


Still not sure if it was a local vs tourist thing or if he just gave Nanna a break on the prices.
Probably a long time customer thing. My grandmother has a fruit/veg vendor at the flea market that charges her $2 a basket (a dry pint basket as full as it can be - three or four large tomatoes) and has since the 80s - he charges everyone else $7 a basket, now. It's hysterical to me, especially since she pays his market rates for everything else - cucumbers, onions, apples, strawberries, corn, etc. It's just the tomatoes that are cheap.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #848 on: May 13, 2013, 11:10:28 AM »
We saw some real scammers at dinner last night.  We went to a local chain restaurant that we love. We know all the staff there and will frequently chat with them when it is slow.  We were in the bar which is right by the door.

Scammers got their food order and everything was going fine.  “Sally” was taking an order from another table when Scammer table yelled at her to bring them their check.  Sally told that she would bring it right way. She finished putting in the order for the table she just took and printed off their bill. She turned around and the table was empty.  She was puzzled and thought that they had gone to the bathroom or something and dropped the bill off for them to pay when they got back.   A few minutes later, she realized that they had not come back. She checked with the hostess to see if they had paid there.  Nope, we heard her talking to the hostess and WulfieWoman told to Sally that she had seen them walk out the front door but we didn’t realize that they had walked out without paying.

Sally said that it was really odd because the scammers had just gotten their food and had been there for over an hour drinking before they ordered.  Fortunately, ChainResturant does not make the server pay for walk outs.   We tipped double our normal tip to help her out a bit on that lost table.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #849 on: May 13, 2013, 11:51:51 AM »
When I was in the Dominican Republic, a woman came up to me and started putting cornrows in my hair without asking.  I was ready to tell her to get lost, but (a) I thought it would be fun to see what I looked like in cornrows and (b) I figured she was probably quite poor and could use some tourist dollars.  Well, she ended up asking me for $50!  I haggled down to $30, which was still far more than I wanted to pay.  I should have done what my friend did - she tried to do the same to him (not sure why - he had very short hair), and he pulled out his pockets to indicate that he didn't have any money on him.

Many years ago there was a generic tourist  T-shirt  for sale in the Caribbean that I always wish I had bought. 

'I don't want a taxi,
I don't want my hair braided,
I don't want to buy peanuts,
I don't want to buy drugs,
and my name isn't Sweetie'. 

That says it all. 


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #850 on: May 13, 2013, 07:09:16 PM »

Regarding time share presentations, we have been to quite a few and somehow never managed to buy a timeshare. The "gifts" are pretty useless, unless you are in a casino area and they give you chips. My favorite was a promised "six piece luggage set" gift. When the spiel was over, guy came out with a box the size and shape of a TV dinner. Yep, the luggage set was made of very thin nylon. Surprisingly, I still use a few of the duffel bags.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #851 on: May 13, 2013, 10:46:05 PM »
When I was in the Dominican Republic, a woman came up to me and started putting cornrows in my hair without asking.  I was ready to tell her to get lost, but (a) I thought it would be fun to see what I looked like in cornrows and (b) I figured she was probably quite poor and could use some tourist dollars.  Well, she ended up asking me for $50!  I haggled down to $30, which was still far more than I wanted to pay.  I should have done what my friend did - she tried to do the same to him (not sure why - he had very short hair), and he pulled out his pockets to indicate that he didn't have any money on him.

I hates people touching my hair, of that had happened to me I probably wouldn't have been nice about it. They do hair braiding on a lot of pacific islands but I never get it.

Reminds me of the free unasked for massage I got again market one day. I was looking at the stall next door and this Chinese guy starts massaging my shoulders!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #852 on: May 13, 2013, 11:41:59 PM »
I got this exciting e-mail today:

Hello,

My name is Khamis Muammar al-Gaddafi, one of the youngest son of the troubled
Muammar al-Gaddafi, i am a policeman by profession and a leader of a special
forces brigade of the military of Libya. i am at the moment very depressed as i
write to you.i got your mail from search engine and i really think you can be of
help to me.

I will await your response before i further open up my reasons for contacting
you.

Khamis

I wonder what he could possibly want?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #853 on: May 13, 2013, 11:53:12 PM »
Btw, thanks to WillyNilly's proddings, I just finished Gavin de Becker's Gift of Fear. It makes so much sense but having read it I zeroed in on this part of your exchange:

Ummm, glad you enjoyed the book, but I doubt it was my proddings, as I have never read it so I can't imagine ever recommending it.

« Last Edit: May 13, 2013, 11:59:15 PM by WillyNilly »

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #854 on: May 14, 2013, 01:48:23 AM »
Interesting article about all those seemingly innocent "like this picture if you think she's a brave little girl" pictures that go around facbook. They're a very cunning way to get a marketing company's foot in the door.

http://daylandoes.com/facebook-like-scams/
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