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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #975 on: May 25, 2013, 01:22:56 AM »
I was hanging around outside at a big city bus terminal one evening because my bus didn't leave for another hour .

To pass the time , I watched a guy approach people on the sidewalk and ask for a dime . Most people ignored him , some gave him change and one lady gave him a dollar.

Right after she did , street traffic dried up and the sidewalk was deserted . He milled around for a few minutes , then turned and saw me .

As he advanced  , I cut him off at the pass by telling him " Don't even ask me for a dime . I saw her give you a dollar . "

He slunk off not long afterwards .
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« Reply #976 on: May 25, 2013, 07:04:56 AM »
Just got "must be niced" about my recent weight loss by a relative, and I will admit, I was not very nice or smart in my response.  I have recently dropped about a significant amount of weight through very careful dieting and working with a trainer.  This is the first time I've tried a specific program to lose weight, and my results - while awesome - were the result of some seriously hard work.  This relative, Callie, has tried every weight loss method under the sun, including supplements that were taken off the market because they were considered too dangerous.  I say "tried" because she would start a program, be super religious about following it for a month or so, and then quit.   So her weight has stayed the same for years.

Callie has made several snide comments when I first started and my weight started to drop about how it's "easy" to lose weight at first, but sticking with a program is so hard that I'd probably give up in a few weeks. And then she'd offer me bread, dessert, butter, etc.

Yesterday, I saw her and another relative at a store.  The relative with her commented on how nice I looked.  Before I could say thank you, Callie said, "It must be nice to lose weight so easily.  Some of us have to work really hard to get results."

I smiled at her and said, "Actually, thinking so much about my meal planning and putting in the hours with my trainer HAVE been really hard work."

Callie volleyed back, "It must be nice to be able to afford a trainer."

AUGH!!  I engaged the crazy. I just can't win.  Next time, I'm just keeping my mouth shut.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #977 on: May 25, 2013, 09:45:18 AM »
^^^   "Not really!  I was able to pay him with the money I saved on food!"   ;D


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« Reply #978 on: May 25, 2013, 12:24:36 PM »
^^^   "Not really!  I was able to pay him with the money I saved on food!"   ;D

LOL  ;D  gramma you just blew my cover - I'm supposed to be studying and now I'm cracking up instead!


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« Reply #979 on: May 25, 2013, 10:19:48 PM »
We don't give to the homeless beggars that live around our local Target. The Target is down the road from the hospital - officers will arrest them for drunk and disorderly, dump them in the ER for detox, and when they're released they'll just walk back down to Target. Any money given to them goes to drugs and alcohol, unfortunately. :-/


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« Reply #980 on: May 27, 2013, 01:14:04 PM »
This is from Customer's Suck. At first glance, it looks like it belongs in the Impossible Request thread, but it's really a moocher.

What do you MEAN I can't spend money that I don't have ?!.  There are language issues, so I'll paraphrase,, but you really have to read it to get the flavor.

OP works in a bank call center. Customer calls because his debit card had been declined at a restaurant. OP looks him up. The problem is no money in the account. Customer rants. "I really don't see what that has to do anything. Can you hurry up and fix my card, I need to pay for my dinner! I'm standing here waiting!" Says is a long-time important customer. (he isn't). Threatens to cancel account (OP offers to transfer him to cancellation dept). Demands a supervisor (OP is allowed to deny that request as there is no basis for it). Yells to people with him: "Yeah, they've turned off my card for no reason! Yeah, I know, bloody banks! Always out to hassle the hard workers, all they care about is making money!" Finally hangs up.

As other posters commented, the customer probably knew darned well he had no money, but was setting it up to mooch off someone else.
Right, you were not the audience for his questions. He was trying to paint a picture for those who could only hear one side if the conversation:

Evil bank, didn't know who he was, incompetent trainee on phone, couldn't fix the problem, wouldn't transfer to supervisor. Obviously not his fault he can't pay!

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« Reply #981 on: May 28, 2013, 08:57:57 AM »
Today I received an email from the US Department of Justice, that Eric Holder and (United State President) Barrack (sic)Obama have authorized certain wealthy persons (Dave and Angela Dawes, link to news story about lottery winnings included) to use their foundation to assist in paying up foreign debts, racked up by (list of well known scammers here).
At the end I am given Janet Napolitano's personal email address and urged to contact her to receive my filtered settlement funds.
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« Reply #982 on: May 28, 2013, 09:01:24 AM »
After YEARS of hearing about "guys who sell meat from a freezer in the back of their pickup", we finally had a visit from them last year! No, I did not buy any - not interested in meat or seafood that I don't know the history of, and that I can't get a refund on if it turns out to be no good.

Not long before he married my sister, my brother-in-law bought like 90 pounds of meat from a door-to-door salesman. It was all really good, but he didn't have fridge space for it so he had to farm it out to the family fridges.
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« Reply #983 on: May 28, 2013, 12:00:33 PM »
Some friends of mine are being entertained by some thieves/scammers. They had a break in about a year ago at their home - among other things taken was their PS3. They had saved their netflix information on it, and didn't reset the password or anything (honestly, they said they just forgot they'd saved it). The police have yet to recover any of the goods, and it's suspected that they were given/sold to friends of the burglars.

They noticed that their 'suggested' queue was full of bizarre stuff suddenly. Turns out, the current users of their PS3 are USING THEIR (my friends) NETFLIX ACCOUNT. My friends are big fans of indie films and Gordon Ramsey - they're getting recommendations for mostly African American oriented, gangs and s3x and violence, really awful stuff. Things that make Tyler Perry look like Shakespeare. My friends are, incidentally, African American themselves, but the movies these people are watching are such stereotypically trashy things that no one in their house had even heard of most of it, and only when they started looking for the titles 'recently watched' on IMDB did they realize what was being watched.

The police department is very interested in this - and thanks to netflix's customer service folks and a handy subpoena, the gravy train is about to end for some folks. My friends just want their PS3 back - they have saved games they want to play some more!


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #984 on: May 28, 2013, 12:07:01 PM »
Stupid criminals and clever victims! I am glad they are getting caught.
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« Reply #985 on: May 28, 2013, 01:19:13 PM »

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I'm so excited!  What do you guess my package contains?

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« Reply #986 on: May 28, 2013, 01:40:40 PM »

I was hesitant to take advantage of this business proposal until he introduced himself.  He MUST be legit.

Of course!  With a good strong ancient Chinese name like Norman, how could he not be?


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« Reply #987 on: May 28, 2013, 03:47:59 PM »
It would be interesting to know! My guess is tracking software that analyzes where the purchase originates in comparison to other recent purchases. If a purchase originates out of Louisiana on the same day you bought gas in Los Angeles that might send up a flag.

When I went overseas a few years ago to the Philippines, I contacted my credit card company and explained what I was doing. They asked the dates of departure and return and offered to temporarily lower my limit while there (in case I managed to get my card stolen while there). I was still nervous, though, that MC would 'forget' about this and not let a charge go through while I was there. Fortunately I never needed to use my card.

I always call my credit and debit card companies when I travel.  They know I'll be in X country, so anything that shows up from home or YZ country will be flagged for me to check.   
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #988 on: May 28, 2013, 03:57:28 PM »
I just got an e-mail from the First Lady herself telling me that there's $50 million dollars waiting for me, but I have to pay $950.00 in processing fees and give her my home address before I can collect.

Yeah, I'll get right on that.  ::)
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« Reply #989 on: May 28, 2013, 04:02:59 PM »
But there's FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS just sitting there waiting for you!  And if you act quickly enough, I'll bet that you can get some ginzu knives along with it.  Or at least a Sham-Wow.
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