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Got a dollar for some petrol?

By Queenie - 13 February 2008 65

So one afternoon a couple of weeks ago I was waiting in Civic to be picked up after work when this guy came up to me looking distressed. He said he was from Sydney and his boss’ car had run out of petrol, so he’d been sent to ask for help. I said I was sorry but I didn’t have my phone on me to call anyone for him, and he looked at me oddly for a moment. Then he asked me for a couple of dollars for petrol, and I realised he wasn’t as regular a guy as he seemed and flatly told him no. He then moved on to the next closest person and asked them.

And then Tuesday evening I was on my way through Garema Place with a few friends and, surprise surprise,  there was the same guy repeating the same story word for word to two people at an ATM. So much for him being from Sydney! He didn’t look financially disadvantaged in the slightest. He was wearing clean, fashionable clothes – long camo shorts and a light-coloured T-shirt, admittedly the same clothes he wore when he tried his story on me – and was about 25 years old with short dark hair and a normal slim build. If this guy comes up to you, don’t listen to him because he’s a liar preying on people’s goodwill.

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65 Responses to
Got a dollar for some petrol?
Thumper 10:10 am 13 Feb 08

You can tell when these people are lying.

Their lips move…

Queenie 10:06 am 13 Feb 08

Wow, I was expecting all the pubes to call me stingy 😀 I was genuinely willing to help by calling someone for him, but to get lied to like that and then see it happening again just really annoyed me.

The first time I came to Canberra when I was a young’un I was waiting at the Civic bus interchange and a young indigenous girl came up to me and said she needed some money for the bus. I gave her $2, thinking it would be enough. She said, “No, that’s not enough, I need $4.” So I gave her another $2. Then she asked for more, and I said no. She then argued with poor young me until my bus came!

S4anta 10:06 am 13 Feb 08

please insert the word ‘next between the words the & time.
freaking moo brew

S4anta 10:04 am 13 Feb 08

May I suggest the time this man does ask you for a buck, you ask him if he accepts mastercard?

Jazz 9:54 am 13 Feb 08

It’s been a while but i clearly recall the last time i was stopped for money. A guy just sitting on the near Petrie Plaza was asking everyone who passed if they had any money to spare. When he got to me I replied “If i had any money to spare, i wouldnt have to work for a living”.

IMO anyone who has time to sit around asking others for cash has time to learn a skill or do something to contribute to society in a more meaningful way.

VYBerlinaV8 9:22 am 13 Feb 08

Use this as an opportunity to steal his dignity – tell him to pull down his pants, hop on one leg and howl like a dog, and then you’ll give him a dollar. Take a vid and post the link here.

howdy 9:21 am 13 Feb 08

Once had a kid ask me for bus money so I offered him my bus ticket which still had a decent amount of transfer time left on it.

Funnily enough he didn’t really want the bus ticket and instead hung out with me while I waited for my lift and told me about how he’d just stolen a motor bike and outrun the cops.

I feel sorry for people who genuinely need the money but will be turned down because of all the scam ‘artists’.

RandomGit 9:15 am 13 Feb 08

Maybe next time he comes up to you, tell him he has a reputation, his story is bogus and maybe he should find some support to make his own money.

Or make him do a rap.

VYBerlinaV8 9:12 am 13 Feb 08

I remember getting hassled by a chick in Garema Place once for money for something or other, and I told her I had no money on me (I was on my way to the ATM). On the way back from the ATM 2 minutes later the same chick stops me again, but this time tells a DIFFERENT story about why she needs money. I simply responded with “it’s better than the story you gave me 3 minutes ago when I said no, but maybe if you included some vampires you’ll get some takers”. She looked at me like she was about to mouth off, but then turned on her heel and walked off.

Danman 9:09 am 13 Feb 08

A begger in Hawaii heard my wife and I talking and knew we were out of towners – so he said he would do us a eminem style rap and if we liked it we could pay him and if we did not we did not have to pay him. He spun the usual moved from the mainland to start a new life and get away from negative influences. His rap was half decent – flowed and told a good story of (i am assuming) his life. Was ok so we gave him US$2.

Maybe if someone comes to me to beg here Ill ask them to do a rap for me and see what happens 🙂

grundy 8:59 am 13 Feb 08

I was asked by a dodgy guy who had his ‘wife’ with him for petrol money a few weeks ago…

Who has money to drive to Civic and run a car, but then magically have no money at all, even credit, to get home….

wishuwell 8:56 am 13 Feb 08

Maybe the same guy I meet one night. Asked me for money while I was one the phone, told him so and he said “don’t matter I’ll wait”.

Ralph 8:40 am 13 Feb 08

You get this all the time in America. People always approach you in the street for money.

FC 8:26 am 13 Feb 08

Gotta give him credit for being creative with his story!

hingo 8:20 am 13 Feb 08

It takes a long time to fill a tank a dollar at a time.

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