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lilfox

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #960 on: May 23, 2013, 11:38:27 AM »
That reminded me, I was leaving a restaurant once with a box of leftover pizza.  We were on a busy street corner and I saw a guy who looked homeless, so i asked him if he wanted the pizza.  He happily accepted, and then immediately offered me a deal on some "gold" watches he had in his coat.  I declined.

I've also been approached by guys soliciting for various children's charities, with big binders of pics of sad looking kids.  I'm a sucker for children's causes, I am not a sucker for uncertified solicitors, so when they ask why I don't care about the kids, I tell them I do and I donate directl to charities.

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« Reply #961 on: May 23, 2013, 12:05:06 PM »
Walking home from the shopping district I was stopped by a man in a dark coat, black woolly hat and scruffy jeans who ask me if I wanted to buy some perfume.  ???

I politely declined.

But, why?   :P

heathmug is right, with no overhead like a brick and mortar store or an uniform, he must have really great prices!  ;)

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« Reply #962 on: May 23, 2013, 12:08:22 PM »
Come to think of it I was approached a couple of years ago by someone trying to sell me a gold chain in a car park.

I assumed it was either stolen or fake so said no and carried on walking.
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Jones

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« Reply #963 on: May 23, 2013, 12:10:34 PM »
Geez, I had a guy approach me once to sell me (what looked like) a rat skull, but no gold involved! Yes I did get away from him quickly, why do you ask?
A real desire to believe all the good you can of others and to make others as comfortable as you can will solve most of the problems. CS Lewis

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« Reply #964 on: May 23, 2013, 12:58:07 PM »
I am Twik, Scambuster!

A customer called today, wondering why a particular trade organization (let's call them International Bakers Association) was billing them for services although they were not bakers. I did a few minutes research and determined that this is a known scam, including an article about s rather amusing correspondence between a reporter and the ostensible IBA.

Feeling very smug.  :)
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magicdomino

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« Reply #965 on: May 23, 2013, 01:32:01 PM »
Geez, I had a guy approach me once to sell me (what looked like) a rat skull, but no gold involved! Yes I did get away from him quickly, why do you ask?

Now, the rat skull might have interested me.  I'd love an articulated rat skeleton so that I could have the Death of Rats for Halloween.   :)

I stopped going to a particular shopping center partly because of a woman who sold perfume in the parking lot.  She wouldn't take "No" or even "I'm allergic" for an answer -- her reply to "I'm allergic" was "Buy the Giorgio, it's a light scent."   ::)  There are too many shopping centers around here for me to bother with that one.

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« Reply #966 on: May 23, 2013, 04:27:12 PM »
Geez, I had a guy approach me once to sell me (what looked like) a rat skull, but no gold involved! Yes I did get away from him quickly, why do you ask?

Could have attached it to the center of a hairbow?

Hmm.

HermioneGranger

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« Reply #967 on: May 23, 2013, 06:14:11 PM »
Geez, I had a guy approach me once to sell me (what looked like) a rat skull, but no gold involved! Yes I did get away from him quickly, why do you ask?

Could have attached it to the center of a hairbow?

Hmm.

Elmyra had a gerbil skull.   :P

Jones

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« Reply #968 on: May 23, 2013, 06:23:05 PM »
Geez, I had a guy approach me once to sell me (what looked like) a rat skull, but no gold involved! Yes I did get away from him quickly, why do you ask?

Could have attached it to the center of a hairbow?

Hmm.

Elmyra had a gerbil skull.   :P
I didn't ask what the rodent was...the guy stunk of alcohol and the sudden revelation of a tiny skull freaked me out, so I didn't ask  :P
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« Reply #969 on: May 24, 2013, 08:31:14 AM »
I just got an email from George Jefferson. Apparently I have, or as it states my email, won 2.5 million dollars. I just need to contact their fidicial desk.

I guess I'm moving on up.

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« Reply #970 on: May 24, 2013, 08:55:54 AM »
I keep getting emails from girls I've apparently had flings and one-night-stands with in places I've never visited, telling me that I got them pregnant (I'm female) and I owe them x years worth of child support, but if I only pay a small sum directly online then they'll forget all about it.

Or sometimes they just want me to add them on Facebook so they can sexily chat with me. Because nothing is more arousing than poorly scripted Java which only says one of six things.

I've replied to a few of the pregnancy ones with biology questions, and one actually attempted an answer before giving up. Some of the others, I just copy and paste and have them basically reply to each other.

The fact that they reply at all, and in ways that a computer could not, makes me wonder which sad soul does all this.

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« Reply #971 on: May 24, 2013, 10:44:36 AM »
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I've replied to a few of the pregnancy ones with biology questions, and one actually attempted an answer before giving up.


*laughing hysterically* Good thing I have a private office.

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« Reply #972 on: May 24, 2013, 02:52:02 PM »
The "pregnant ladies" reminded me of this one.

It's a long story, but I managed to hit my neighbor's fence while pulling into my driveway. It put a big dent into the right front of my car, but did nothing to interfere with driving. In the interest of keeping my insurance rates low, I chose not to put in a claim for it or to even have it repaired with my own money.

A few weeks later, I found a note under my windshield. (I park my car in my driveway, not in a garage.) The writer's grandmother's car had been parked nearby and was damaged by a hit & run driver. The writer got samples of paint from the car & a dealer determined that they were form my make, model and color of car. Followed by several sentences of how horrible it was to hit & run a car and how devastated Grandma was. But, if I called him, we could work something out, or else he would call the police.

The first thing I did was call my insurance agent. He told me that this was a known scam--look for a damaged car and maybe it was indeed a hit & run that you could exploit.

For the heck of it, I called the note writer and told him to call my insurance agent and put in a claim. The note writer suggested I relocate myself to a decidedly warmer place.

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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #973 on: May 24, 2013, 03:08:30 PM »
Near my university is a Dunkin Donuts coffee shop with a drive thru lane. During the 7 years I have worked here, I have patronized it a few times a week.

At first, there was a homeless man who would hang out there in the morning. I would occasionally buy him an egg and cheese wrap and small coffee, because he was homeless, and had severe facial deformities that would make it very difficult to pass with the public in any job. I haven't seen him for a while, there is a woman and her dog that has taken the morning shift. If I go there on my lunch hour, there are two different people there then. Today, there were four! All flapping signs at anyone going by.

I feel that homelessness is a serious issue, and I would love to help everyone. We have many social agencies and organizations here that help people recover from addictions, provide counseling, day labor jobs, etc.
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
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CrazyDaffodilLady

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« Reply #974 on: May 24, 2013, 10:00:51 PM »
I was approached in a mini-mart by a teenaged girl who told me she was running for homecoming queen and would I please donate to her campaign.  Several months later, same mini-mart, same girl, same story.  I said "You must not have won last time, huh?"  She stammered and slunk away. 

Another time, two sorry looking guys were standing outside the mini-mart at an early hour.  One asked if I would buy him a coffee.  I know how I am without my morning coffee, and out of generosity (and a bit of guilt), I bought coffee and breakfast wraps for both guys.  The second guy informed me that he didn't drink coffee and didn't like the mini-mart's food.  He asked for money so he could buy breakfast at the McDonald's across the street.
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