I think I got ripped off...

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  1. ComicGuy89

    ComicGuy89 Well-Known Member

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    Alright, I was walking out of Target today, with HA Jazz happily in my possession, when this well groomed guy (nice pair of shades, good-looking clothes, and decent cell phone) came up to me asking for money. He said his kids were in his car, which was busted, and he needed the money to tow his car away. His wife won't pick up the cell phone and he said he wasn't a bum.

    After some persuasion, I gave him $10 and he promised to return it at a specified place in town the next day. He dashed off, saying he needed the toilet. Now I realized that to keep him to his word, I needed to get his phone number, so I went to the Target toilet to look for him, but he wasn't there! He disappeared to goodness knows where!

    I feel really stupid about giving the money. I need advice on the following:

    1) Should I try to meet him at the specified place, in hopes that he'll turn up or am I just wasting my time?
    2) How do you say no to people like this in the future?

    Damn this sucks...I don't even feel like opening Jazz anymore. :( 
     
  2. E.Rabbot

    E.Rabbot Abundant Member

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    REALLY?!?!? C'mon...
     
  3. Erector

    Erector I ruined the Hall of Fame

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    umm. yes you did.
     
  4. Omnius

    Omnius Well-Known Member

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    You will never see that money again.
     
  5. MetroBub

    MetroBub 49ers Fan

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    Kiss the money good bye.

    And say No. I do it without a problem :D 
    And actually.. I no longer carry actual cash on me........ 99% of my transactions are plastic....
     
  6. Tigertrack

    Tigertrack Back In The Game!

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    OOPS!
     
  7. ComicGuy89

    ComicGuy89 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I've come to accept that I won't see it anymore...haha. Should I try to return though, in some vain hope he was honest?

    More importantly, how do you say no? Like, what words would you use?
     
  8. Omnius

    Omnius Well-Known Member

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    I say it like this: "No."

    Also, you can turn up if you want but that money's already been spent on booze or drugs.
     
  9. Vangelus

    Vangelus Long Live the New Flesh Moderator Content Contributor

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    Ebay:
    "No cash, best of luck", and walk off.
     
  10. E.Rabbot

    E.Rabbot Abundant Member

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    "Get away from me you filthy hobo" usually works for me. How do NOT say no?
     
  11. AutobotSkids

    AutobotSkids G1/Bay Lover

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    What a sleeze. I wouldn't try to meet him at the specified area. He lied about going to the bathroom, there's no way he'd actually try to meet you at some location to give you your money back.

    You could have said "Sorry, I just blew all my money on this toy.". In the future if someone does this, say something similar about not having money.
     
  12. biscuits

    biscuits Sin from Genesis

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    Say, My money get your own.
     
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    NeilJam Resident Audiophile

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    1) No, he won't show up, cut your losses now.

    2) It's hard not to sometimes, but there are those who make a living convincing strangers to give them money.
     
  14. MetroBub

    MetroBub 49ers Fan

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    :lolol 
     
  15. Dran0n

    Dran0n bige buddha

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    I totally took some dude's $10! He was like carrying in a TF toy, what a dork. Wait, oh God.

    Nah, in all seriousness, here's my advice:

    1) No, it's ruined forever.
    2a) Tell them to fuck off.
    2b) Or ridicule him about his lack of pancake mix.
     
  16. Human Beastbox

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    Well...that sucks.

    I hate pan handler sob stories. They always sound sketchy as hell. The more convoluted the story, the less apt I'll give them money.
     
  17. Optimus1986

    Optimus1986 TMNT & Hulk Fanatic

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    Don't feel bad about it. You tried to help someone you thought was in need but they tricked you.
     
  18. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Ebay:
    Oh Wow. [​IMG]

    Yeah, you got swindled.
     
  19. AutobotSkids

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    It's the jerks like that that ruin it for people who might actually be in need.
     
  20. wildfly

    wildfly Formerly the next big thing.

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    You should be flattered. Most of the stories i get from pan-handlers don't involve half the effort.
     

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