What would you have done?

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What would you have done?

  1. I would give the man the full $18.00

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  2. I would give the man $5-$10

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  3. He's scamming; I wouldn't give him a dime

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  1. Abbey Normal
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    Abbey Normal Senior Member

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    At a rest stop on the Massachusetts Turnpike, we were approached by a man for money to fix a part that had broken in his car. He mentioned the part, maybe some belt, but I can't remember what it was. He was dressed well, spoke very well, and didn't look inebriated or drugged. His story was that he was out of cash, and the part he needed would cost $18.00. He asked us for our name and address so he could repay us whatever we gve him.

    Would you give the man $18.00, or some lesser amount?
    Would you assume he is a scam artist and give him nothing?
    Would you give him your name and address for repayment?

    I'll post what we did afterwards.
     
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    no money and no name and address....

    give him your name and address and your house will be robbed before you can get home
     
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    Scam artist alert! If the guy rich enough to be well dressed, it's safe to assumen that he has a credit card that he can use in emergencies, or that his auto insurance will pay (or partially pay) for towing services.
     
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    I'd phone a tow truck for him.
     
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    If he was clean and well spoken and no "red flags" were going off, I'd probably give him a few dollars.

    I definitally wouldn't give out my address though.
     
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    "I'm sorry. I wish I could help but I never carry cash when I travel."

    No money and certainly no address.
     
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    Seems like a scam to me.
    1. He was dressed well...
    2. bet he had a credit card too.
    3. phones are in the rest stops right?
    4. many rest stops have attendants that could help the guy find the nearest bank.
    5. Did he even have the tools to make the repair if he got the part?
    6. How was he going to even get the belt/part?

    Yep a scam IMO.. I would have never given my name and address.
     
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    If I had a $20 bill, I'd give it to him; and refuse repayment. If I had less than $18, I'd give him all I had.
     
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    I'm a pretty generous person Abby, but a well dressed gentleman at a rest stop who knows exactly what part is broken and how much it costs? Where's the auto parts store.....how is he getting there?? And, why would a well dressed man be traveling with no cash or credit cards? How is he paying for his gas.....

    As a general rule when I travel I never use cash.....just a debit/credit card. I don't like prying eyes to see that I have cash....so I would probably have said what Got Zoom said.
     
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    Show me the car, give him the money. No return address, maybe a PO Box number.....
     

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