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Look at it as a CHF 100 indirect downpayment to your English Forum paragraph structure course.
I thought this is redditor structure..
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Old 06.09.2015, 21:57
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I've bought chewing gum with a CHF 1k note, no problem.

(really, not making this up, it was just to see if I could )

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What colour were the 1000 CHF bills he had?
Even the previous ones or even the ones before that are exchangeable, over 80% of the Swiss Currency is 1000 CHF notes.
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Old 06.09.2015, 21:58
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Sorry to state the obvious but CHF100 was price you have paid for being gullible!
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What colour were the 1000 CHF bills he had?
Well, that should be the right color. But I guess I should take a look more carefully. I had 1000 CHF myself when I first came to Switzerland and happend to had experience where the stores would not accept that note, so I did not suspect on that.
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Old 06.09.2015, 22:00
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I thought this is redditor structure..
If the cap fits ......

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Re: And he didn't called

Also "lent" somebody 100 CHF on a "credible" story.
It was some time ago.

But on my first visit to Zurich, before the 1st interview, an old lady "lent" me 5 CHF (in coins) so I could buy a ticket and catch the tram.

I didn't get broke on the 100, nor did the old lady on the 5 CHF.
But I do believe that at some point, we'll be getting it back, in some form.
And it's going to get back at the SoBs that cheated you and me of the 100 CHF, for sure.
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Old 06.09.2015, 22:33
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...Chalk it up to experience and move on...
Don't think that'll work - OP's done it before... (reference to Paris in the original post).

Fool me once, shame one you. Fool me twice & all that.

OP - you are dumb. Sorry to say it, but you need to wake up. You don't give random strangers 100 CHF. The world is full of stories about the stress of lending to friends and family, never mind complete strangers.

For the record, 1. any place will gladly change 1000 CHF notes on purchase of an item. Now you know. If you come across someone else, send them to the station. 2. His story is not credible (whatever you might want to think).
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Re: And he didn't called

I guess my genuine question would be:

Would you have lent this money so trustingly if a similar situation had occurred to you in London/Paris/Beijing/[insert city of your choice]?
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Old 06.09.2015, 22:39
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I guess my genuine question would be:

Would you have lent this money so trustingly if a similar situation had occurred to you in London/Paris/Beijing/[insert city of your choice]?
Yes - OP did it in Paris too.
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Old 06.09.2015, 22:55
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Re: And he didn't called

OP, your scammer's yarn about not being able to change a CHF1000 note immediately reminded me of this story. I know it won't help you get your money back but you might as well have some entertainment.

The 1,000,000 Bank-Note by Mark Twain
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O. M. G!!!!

I would say, go to the police, still. They might be able to extricate an image of both of you from a street cam or something, and then identify the scammer.
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Old 06.09.2015, 23:03
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OP, your scammer's yarn about not being able to change a CHF1000 note immediately reminded me of this story. I know it won't help you get your money back but you might as well have some entertainment.

The 1,000,000 Bank-Note by Mark Twain
... and here's an old tale from the Black Country:

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Old 06.09.2015, 23:20
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Don't think that'll work - OP's done it before... (reference to Paris in the original post).

Fool me once, shame one you. Fool me twice & all that.

OP - you are dumb. Sorry to say it, but you need to wake up. You don't give random strangers 100 CHF. The world is full of stories about the stress of lending to friends and family, never mind complete strangers.

For the record, 1. any place will gladly change 1000 CHF notes on purchase of an item. Now you know. If you come across someone else, send them to the station. 2. His story is not credible (whatever you might want to think).
I guess you are right about me being dumb. But the Paris event just was not strong enough. That was a Chinese guy (who directly speak Chinese to me) and said he is running restaurant in Paris for 30 years and get robbed by two guys and everything is gone (that what happens in Paris I suppose). And he just needed money to buy train tickets. And he change that 40CHF to euro in the counter of station right in front of me. So that's really not much money. And he didn't call I guess make sense because it's not like I will visit Paris any time soon and I thought he was just lazy. I still am not sure if that one was really a scam (though my friends said it should be)

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O. M. G!!!!

I would say, go to the police, still. They might be able to extricate an image of both of you from a street cam or something, and then identify the scammer.
I would like to. But how do I report to Police? Besides I really do not get any evidence. And he seems like a drifter. But I do hope he gets punished.

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Old 06.09.2015, 23:25
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i wouldn't bother with the police. you've already wasted enough of your life on this.

i guess sometimes, you put some trust/faith in people, and it doesn't always work out. such is life.
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i wouldn't bother with the police. you've already wasted enough of your life on this.

i guess sometimes, you put some trust/faith in people, and it doesn't always work out. such is life.
You are absolutely right.
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Re: And he didn't called

If someone has multiple grand but cannot find out how to get a hundred out of those grand to pay for gas - something's fishy.
Inability to pay for gas with a grand? Pfft.


You got screwed over. Do not let it happen again. If someone claims to not have change but is running around with wads of cash, it's their problem to find out how to use it, do not make it yours.
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I would like to. But how do I report to Police? Besides I really do not get any evidence. And he seems like a drifter. But I do hope he gets punished.
Yes, I do see your point. And as one of the commentators says, there's little chance that you'll get your money back. The reasons I'd go to the police would be more to stop future occurrences than for this single event. For e.g, the Police might already have received similar reports, indeed, might already have a good idea of who the perpetrator could be. In such a case your report makes a stronger case against the person.

If you don't want to go to the police, just don't give anymore money away. If someone asks you, think of your parents, sending their hard-earned money for your studies. That ought to do the trick :-)
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you lent someone money, they haven't repaid. it isn't a police matter.
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you lent someone money, they haven't repaid. it isn't a police matter.
True. But a professional scammer, or a scamming racket, is one.
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Rule No.1 - Anyone in the street asking for money should be ignored.
Rule No.2 - See Rule No.1
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