Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ripped Off

Late one afternoon last week I had left a meeting and was walking down Collins Street when near the corner of Exhibition Street I was approached by a young lady.

"Excuse me?" she said.  "This is really embarassing but I've been asking a lot of people for help and no one will."

She was well dressed and groomed and about the age og my oldest daughter so I stopped and said "OK tell me the story."

She proceeded to tell me that her car had run out of petrol and that it was left in a clearway.  For those not from Melbourne that means any cars parked in that area for certain periods of the day can be towed away and impounded.

"I've left my purse at work and don't have any money.  If you could loan me $15 so I can buy a jerry can of petrol I'll make sure I call you and arrange to pay you back tomorrow."

So I did.  I gave her my card and I wandered off wondering whether I'd been scammed or not.  Now 6 days later it appears I was.  I should have used my mobile phone to take her photo and told her I would send it to the newspaper if it did trn out to be a crock.

7 comments:

Andrew said...

A variation of the 'my mother is in the country and dying and I need the train fare'. I was caught by a knock at the door many years ago. The guy said he had been visiting neighbours, who we knew, and needed his train fare home. He was not rough looking at all, very charming in fact, probably like the lass you encountered. Ah well, it was only ten dollars and I won't be caught again.

Loz said...

I figured she must have needed it more than I did Andrew. Amd I won't get caught again either.

Lindasphere said...

Ah, well, at least she asked you nicely. I wonder how much she made on the day....

Once a beggar asked me for money but instead I gave him a freshly made sandwich and cake (that I had bought to take back to the office) to which he said "I don't want f******g food, I want money". Hmmmm. Takes all kinds I suppose.

Lori said...

That is so sad that she was scamming you like that. The bright side is it shows your good and caring heart to help out someone in need. When ever we give or help someone out we are taking a risk. It doesn't always turn out like we'd hope or wish. I do believe that what goes around, comes around. Your good will come back to you.

Val said...

Its people like this that make it difficult to help those in REAL need. I only hope that her actions will come full circle and someday when she's in REAL need, no one will help her. You were probably one of many that she scammed that day. Bless the kindness of your heart.

Loz said...

I'm not really that great a person. I tend to avoid beggars when I see them, mainly because I don't really understand why they do it. So Lori and Val, thanks for seeing the good side of what I did but it actually shames me a bit that I tend to be a bit of a snob and maybe overlook those who are in real need.

Finn said...

This is going on in New York City as well. I know someone who fell for it the first time too. It's still very new, I guess.