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Old 07.09.2015, 13:14
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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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go to Germany next time. It's cheaper there.
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Old 07.09.2015, 13:37
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Re: And he didn't called

Just to remind ourselves that not only the young and naive get caught...
The Enkeltrick (someone 'needs to borrow a lot of money at short notice' and pretends to be a good friend or relative (nephew) of the 'victim' they contact to request the 'loan') doesn't only catch the old and senile either.

Article in a Zürich newspaper

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Sorry it's German but you can read the sums of money involved!
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Old 07.09.2015, 13:54
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Re: And he didn't called

Chao, People saying you are gullible are making fools of themselves.

If you try and look it up in a dictionary, you will see there is no such word as gullible.
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OK I am an idiot alright.

No, I don't think you are an idiot. Just gullible, but now that this has happened twice to you, probably it wont happen again.
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Old 07.09.2015, 14:24
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Chao, People saying you are gullible are making fools of themselves.

If you try and look it up in a dictionary, you will see there is no such word as gullible.
Really?

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Re: And he didn't called

Sorry this happened to you.
Thank you for sharing so others are informed and can watch out if this happens again.
What you did was the right thing though people will have different opinions.
I am a firm believer in Karma and I think deeds catch up sooner or later.
Remember the lesson and forget the experience.
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Old 07.09.2015, 16:09
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Re: And he didn't called

If anyone is an idiot in this story it is the stranger. Only 100CHF? He should have aimed a fair bit higher
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Old 07.09.2015, 16:21
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I am a firm believer in Karma

So you think disabled children were thoroughly wicked in their previous lives, or what?
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Old 07.09.2015, 16:25
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So you think disabled children were thoroughly wicked in their previous lives, or what?
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I thought that was obvious!

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6m Jews killed by the Nazis. Now that's karma baby!!!
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Old 07.09.2015, 18:00
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I thought that was obvious!

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6m Jews killed by the Nazis. Now that's karma baby!!!
That's my boy

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Old 07.09.2015, 20:22
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go to Germany next time. It's cheaper there.
Not if one includes transpotation from Lugano.

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Old 07.09.2015, 21:01
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Not if one includes transpotation from Lugano.

Tom
The OP was in Basel. It's not always about you, Tom.


And why would one need to repot one's plants before purchasing chewing gum?
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Old 08.09.2015, 16:36
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Re: And he didn't called

Chao, put a little fence around your kind heart but leave a gate for trusted friends. Go well.
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Old 08.09.2015, 18:09
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I thought that was obvious!

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6m Jews killed by the Nazis. Now that's karma baby!!!
And now they`re getting 20,000 Muslims, and maybe later the extended families. And then the rest of Africa. Just saying. I think there is something to Karma.
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Old 08.09.2015, 20:08
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Rule No.1 - Anyone in the street asking for money should be ignored.
Rule No.2 - See Rule No.1
Right. Money may be spent on the wrong things like drugs, alcohol, cigarettes etc. But if there is a genuine need, you could give them something to eat or drink.
There was a girl asking for money who I saw regularly at a station I passed through. I brought her some things to eat and drink a couple of times, as well as a new pack of tampons and some hand disinfectant. Another time I gave her a phone I didn't use any longer. She really appreciated the things I gave her. About six months later she still had the phone and showed it to me. I never gave her money.
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Re: And he didn't called

I'm glad I found you, Chao. I only spent 76 francs on fuel. I need to return 24 to you. Do you have change for a 1000 franc note?
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Old 08.09.2015, 20:26
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The OP was in Basel. It's not always about you, Tom.
Actually, as I was the person who bought the gum, it is.

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Re: And he didn't called

There was a time in St.Gallen when people from the Maghreb would walk up to you and tell you a really colorful oriental story about having to go to Zurich Airport where the wife, nephews and a sick uncle with a bad heart and lots of money had arrived.
And now he had lost his wallet, couldn't pay the train to get them and they would be lost without him. But coming back, the thankful uncle would give the fifty franks back double...

I always walked away. But one time I wanted to see the whole spiel and asked all questions possible. The guy gave a full performance with props: photographs, handwritten letters, messages o the phone, tears shed, praising Allah for having met somebody as nice and understanding as me.

He really had thought out some cheap answer for every tricky question! Finally - after 30 minutes - I had a good laugh, gave him 10 francs, thanked him for the performance and told him, if he wanted more, he should rehearse some more. He walked away swearing.
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Old 08.09.2015, 23:12
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The OP was in Basel. It's not always about you, Tom.

Well well well, i never realised that
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Old 08.09.2015, 23:32
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Right. Money may be spent on the wrong things like drugs, alcohol, cigarettes etc. But if there is a genuine need, you could give them something to eat or drink.
People with a genuine need are not those who walk up to and accost strangers with their sob stories, and how they just need... however much for whatever reason. Those are professional con artists, beggars, panhandlers, call them what you will.

When I worked in London I developed relationships with one or two of the real needy folks living on the street. They never approached people, just sat their wrapped in their blankets, but give them ten minutes of your time each morning, or however often, and you'd start to see the real people behind the blankets, and gain some understanding with how they got there. Yes, I'd give them some money from time to time, but the real gift was to make them feel part of human society for a small part of each day.

Conversely I got to know many of the sob-story merchants, most of whom at that time, in that place, were Irish "traveller" types, who would get the tube in each morning from North London, spend the day begging around Tottenham Court Road with their rag-clothed toddlers in tow, then go home each evening to their presumably comfortable homes,
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