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PastryGoddess

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1650 on: September 21, 2013, 10:00:20 PM »
Stores in my area have taken to keeping baby formula in locking cages because of theft.

This is why : http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/seminole-county/men-accused-of-stealing-baby-formula-from-target/-/17597106/22022190/-/nxlxlz/-/index.html

The article says the men stole formula in the $$$ value range to sell on Craigslist. I have also seen multiple reports of it being sold at flea markets and exported to other countries after being stolen.

I've seen this in several Walmart stores in NJ. Theft of baby formula is a huge problem.

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nutraxfornerves

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1651 on: September 21, 2013, 10:15:58 PM »
Spotted on another forum. Identifying details changed to protect the guilty. Spelling and grammar not changed.

I m SomeGuy from Alaska USA,i have been playing the lottery for years now,and i havent been lucky to win,it was just like wasting of money and time,i have been playing lotto for a while now,i was about giving up on lottery when i read good reviews about a woman from Texas called Clara Voyant who helps people to predict winning numbers,after a lot of reviews i decided to contact her.
She told me to provide some details and said she will give me the numbers,and surprisingly she gave me the numbers and i played the lottery and to my greatest surprise i was announced as the winner,i won big and this has changed my life in a big way

Please you all should advice me on what percentage of the money i can pay her back to this spell caster..
decent and related answers only.

You could also contact her if you need her help, ClaraVoyant @ SomeDomain

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Mollie

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1652 on: September 21, 2013, 11:33:26 PM »
He should donate 99% to her, after all she was the brains behind him. And Clara Voyent??? Really??

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1653 on: September 22, 2013, 12:05:50 AM »
Stores in my area have taken to keeping baby formula in locking cages because of theft.

This is why : http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/seminole-county/men-accused-of-stealing-baby-formula-from-target/-/17597106/22022190/-/nxlxlz/-/index.html

The article says the men stole formula in the $$$ value range to sell on Craigslist. I have also seen multiple reports of it being sold at flea markets and exported to other countries after being stolen.

I've seen this in several Walmart stores in NJ. Theft of baby formula is a huge problem.

It's amazing the things that never even occur to you.  I learn something new on e-hell all the time

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1654 on: September 22, 2013, 05:36:46 AM »

We used to sit around the dinner table and plan how we'd rob and bank, and where we'd hide  out (under the greenhouse) in town to wait for the dragnet to drop. Could we hide food there, would it keep, when would we go out for air, etc.

Several years ago, while I was on holiday on a cruise, I was trying to put together a detective story (family challenge: everybody was going to write a story over the course of the holiday. Mr Chick and the Younger Chick completed theirs; the Elder Chick and I bombed out). Nowadays when you get off or on a cruise ship, you go through security and present your photo-ID card, which is also your room key. The card is scanned, and if people are late, the crew members know precisely who they're looking for.

I reckoned that I had worked out a way to bypass security (on a one off basis suitable for a detective novel, I hasten to add; any of you involved in national security needn't come looking...) but I wanted to know what actually happens on a cruise if somebody disembarks on a port visit and doesn't come back. I'd been thinking about my plot on and off all day, so when the Entertainments Manager came round to chat with everybody, my mouth ran slightly ahead of my brain. As he shook my hand, I said brightly, 'now you're just the person I need to talk to: I'm going to do a murder and I need your help.'

The poor Entertainments Manager was so completely flummoxed that he actually forgot to let go of my hand and his expression was priceless. Apparently he'd never had a passenger ask him that before, and he developed a tendency to walk away hurriedly and hide behind doors when he saw me again, possibly in case I landed him with disposing of the body.

I still think my plot device would have worked, though.

HA!  I was writing a story and was having a hard time coming up with the most effective way to kill off a character.  We were at a restaurant and I was telling my husband about my plotting issues.  Just as I said,
"I've poisoned her.  I've pushed her car off a cliff.  I've shot her.  Nothing has worked!" the waitress walked up to our table. 

Her eyes went wide and she closed her order notebook.  "I'll give you a few more minutes."

Once DH and I stopped laughing, we asked the waitress back to our table and explained that I was writing a story and was not actually trying to murder someone.

 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1655 on: September 22, 2013, 09:37:36 AM »
Had a few at our garage sale yesterday. 

Lady who kept trying to haggle dh's old cell phone from the $40 listed to $20 and then walked around with it for 20 minutes w/o paying and getting me to half the price.  She kept trying to walk towards the sidewalk but I was down there.  Finally sold it for $28.

Couple who bought a bike trailer from friend, took off the wheels, and left the useless trailer on her curb.

A few of my son's toys walked off during busy times.

The two people who tried to buy a $2 items with $100 bill.  (This may not be a scam but I am still not taking it)

Overall it was a good day.  A made $70 selling old toys, C made $36, and I made $140.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2013, 09:59:15 AM by SCAJAfamily »
SCAJAfamily = dd S 24, ds C 17, ds A 14, dh J and myself dw A

nutraxfornerves

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1656 on: September 22, 2013, 11:00:55 AM »
Speaking of baby formula. I have seen reports of a scam aimed at travelers, especially to developing countries. A woman or a child carrying` a baby stands outside a shop and asks strangers if they will buy formula for the baby. The beggar doesn't ask for money, just food for the baby. People who are reluctant to give money are more likely to buy something to feed a baby.

The shopkeeper, who is in on the scam, buys it back for half price.

A description of the scam in Cambodia.


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1657 on: September 22, 2013, 11:16:34 AM »

We used to sit around the dinner table and plan how we'd rob and bank, and where we'd hide  out (under the greenhouse) in town to wait for the dragnet to drop. Could we hide food there, would it keep, when would we go out for air, etc.

Several years ago, while I was on holiday on a cruise, I was trying to put together a detective story (family challenge: everybody was going to write a story over the course of the holiday. Mr Chick and the Younger Chick completed theirs; the Elder Chick and I bombed out). Nowadays when you get off or on a cruise ship, you go through security and present your photo-ID card, which is also your room key. The card is scanned, and if people are late, the crew members know precisely who they're looking for.

I reckoned that I had worked out a way to bypass security (on a one off basis suitable for a detective novel, I hasten to add; any of you involved in national security needn't come looking...) but I wanted to know what actually happens on a cruise if somebody disembarks on a port visit and doesn't come back. I'd been thinking about my plot on and off all day, so when the Entertainments Manager came round to chat with everybody, my mouth ran slightly ahead of my brain. As he shook my hand, I said brightly, 'now you're just the person I need to talk to: I'm going to do a murder and I need your help.'

The poor Entertainments Manager was so completely flummoxed that he actually forgot to let go of my hand and his expression was priceless. Apparently he'd never had a passenger ask him that before, and he developed a tendency to walk away hurriedly and hide behind doors when he saw me again, possibly in case I landed him with disposing of the body.

I still think my plot device would have worked, though.

HA!  I was writing a story and was having a hard time coming up with the most effective way to kill off a character.  We were at a restaurant and I was telling my husband about my plotting issues.  Just as I said,
"I've poisoned her.  I've pushed her car off a cliff.  I've shot her.  Nothing has worked!" the waitress walked up to our table. 

Her eyes went wide and she closed her order notebook.  "I'll give you a few more minutes."

Once DH and I stopped laughing, we asked the waitress back to our table and explained that I was writing a story and was not actually trying to murder someone.
Throw her into an icy river and make sure that the current sweeps her under the ice.  Hey, if it's good enough for Rasputin, it's good enough for anyone!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1658 on: September 22, 2013, 11:24:39 AM »
Just as I said,
"I've poisoned her.  I've pushed her car off a cliff.  I've shot her.  Nothing has worked!" the waitress walked up to our table. 

We had similar experiences, except that we were discussing Dungeons and Dragons.  There was nothing quite like the reaction of fellow diners who overheard one of our group saying, "I whacked him with my axe."

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« Reply #1659 on: September 22, 2013, 12:32:40 PM »
The two people who tried to buy a $2 items with $100 bill.  (This may not be a scam but I am still not taking it)

There seems to be a contingent of people who carry $100 bills around for the express purpose of using them to pay for small purchases or debts. We get them at the library, paying their $2 fine. When we don't have enough to break it and I ask them if they have anything smaller, at least half the time they'll say, "I just came from the bank, that's all I have."

You know what banks are good at? Giving you five twenties instead of a hundred. All you have to do is ask. But no, it's better to not have to carry the weight of four extra bills all the way from the bank to the library, or the yard sale, or the girl scout cookie table.

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« Reply #1660 on: September 22, 2013, 01:48:32 PM »
The two people who tried to buy a $2 items with $100 bill.  (This may not be a scam but I am still not taking it)

There seems to be a contingent of people who carry $100 bills around for the express purpose of using them to pay for small purchases or debts. ...

Around here most stores won't even accept $100 bills unless your purchase is over at least $50.  Apparently hundreds are the most frequently counterfeited of all the bills and some of them are very hard to detect as counterfeit.  So making a small purchase with one always raises eyebrows.  It's one thing for a store to be "out" $2, but quite another to lose all $100.

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« Reply #1661 on: September 22, 2013, 01:51:37 PM »
At my store w're wary of the $100 bill for small purchase due to "short changing" - where they get the cashier confused and wind up with the $100 and the change from their $2 purchase. 

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« Reply #1662 on: September 22, 2013, 04:05:39 PM »
Just as I said,
"I've poisoned her.  I've pushed her car off a cliff.  I've shot her.  Nothing has worked!" the waitress walked up to our table. 

We had similar experiences, except that we were discussing Dungeons and Dragons.  There was nothing quite like the reaction of fellow diners who overheard one of our group saying, "I whacked him with my axe."

When my friend and I were writing our performance mysteries, we tried to make sure that things would really work.  The cause of death for our first victim was to be a poisoned dart from a blow gun. 

One Saturday afternoon, we were at the building checking out if it would be possible.  A volunteer victim sat at the desk in a small office.  My friend was kneeling down in front of the closed door and, using a standard drink straw, blew a toothpick in his general direction through the keyhole.

As we were doing this, the manager of the building was giving a tour to a couple who were considering the place as a venue for their Wedding reception.

You can imagine the facial expressions of all concerned when the manager and the HC came upon a middle-aged woman on her knees and blowing a straw through a keyhole with her DH photographing the event. 


« Last Edit: September 22, 2013, 04:08:05 PM by Thipu1 »

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1663 on: September 23, 2013, 03:48:47 AM »
Just as I said,
"I've poisoned her.  I've pushed her car off a cliff.  I've shot her.  Nothing has worked!" the waitress walked up to our table. 

We had similar experiences, except that we were discussing Dungeons and Dragons.  There was nothing quite like the reaction of fellow diners who overheard one of our group saying, "I whacked him with my axe."

My group of friends all play video games, D+D, and there's several writers as well. I truly don't know how we haven't been stopped for a little "chat" with the boys in blue yet...

(I think it helps that a member of the group is a trainee police officer)
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1664 on: September 23, 2013, 10:51:20 AM »
re: the $100. My dad was selling pop (soda for all you non-Michiganders  ;D) at fifty cents a can for a community organization during a popular festival in our hometown. A (local) guy tried that $100 bill thing. My dad made him wait while he hunted down $99.50 in change.  >:D
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