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pathygen95

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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 1:22:44 PM

When was the last time someone asked you to spare some gasoline while filling up at a Gas station. For me it was about 4 weeks ago, a gentleman carrying a gas can asked me if I could spare some Gas. All I could spare was maybe a half a gallon, because I was only pumping 10 bucks of gas myself. It's getting so bad that people can't afford Gasoline anymore.
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estroh
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:52:32 AM

nope
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dooberdoof17
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 11:57:51 AM

never had this happen
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RecklessFire
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 11:27:54 AM

several years ago, turns out it was a crap story, so now i have a zero-handouts policy. the bad apples ruined it for all.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 10:54:52 AM

Good for you ProtegeFL. You certainly can assume that if only asking for a half gallon it is legit.
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kjSC
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 4:22:41 AM

Never!
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estroh
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:00:39 AM

nope
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reb4
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:46:10 PM

been a long time... I usually don't do it..
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ProtegeFL
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:52:49 PM

Yesterday.Some lady was on fumes and asked for a half a gallon so she could go back home and get her forgotten purse/money.Her face told me she wasn't bs'ing,so I gave her 5 bucks.Felt good.
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pacecar68
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:47:51 PM

about a year ago.
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d_clark
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 7:19:00 PM

about 6 months ago.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:57:11 PM

Never
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estroh
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:53:22 AM

Nope
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sjhman
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:46:32 AM

Never
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hjl17
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:24:18 AM

no
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EvPv
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:48:23 AM

never had that question. I've given people rides to the station to fill the gas can and taken them back to their vehicle, especially if I see someone walking in the winter in Maine and had passed a dead vehicle already, I give them a ride to the station. There they can probably get a ride back if I don't have the time to take them myself.
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olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:25:15 AM

nope
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estroh
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:18:33 AM

Nope
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stlhawk
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:45:50 PM

yesterday I was a sound no way. Today 2 kids pushed their car into the gas station when I was filling up and asked for 2 bucks to get enough gas to get home where they could get some money to fill up. If they were trying to con me they sure went a long way to do it. I gave them $2.
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AnitaLife
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 9:51:15 AM

depends if they really need help but it would be hard to figure out who is honest
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AnitaLife
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 9:50:16 AM

i would
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 8:46:02 AM

I was on travel for my company recently, and for two weeks, I hadda pass this one intersection twice a day (morning and evening). There was a lady in her 30's standing there panhandling. It was strange, because she had a different (semi-dirty) outfit on each day of the week. (Wasn't there on the weekends - no heavy traffic flow)
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hjl17
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 8:17:28 AM

no
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inventorymaster
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 8:15:28 AM

never
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 5:12:52 AM

That doesn't happen much in this area. Bums will occasionally show up at various places, all with the same tale that they are from out of town with 3 children, no food and no way to get back home and that they need some gas.
Its usually the same ones all of the time.
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stlhawk
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 9:32:39 PM

considering how many scammers there are out there I would refuse to help.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:21:18 PM

I gotta admit - this is a new one on me ... and "no" I would not assist
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BUSSY
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:07:40 PM

This is the latest scam, don't fall for it.
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data102512
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 3:44:57 PM

Yes, when I was visiting California there was a man with a gas can walking around the station asking for gas. He came up to me and said his rental van was out of gas.

I declined to give him anything because his van was RUNNING and not even parked at a pump. I may have offered something if it was at the pump and TURNED OFF but it just seemed odd...

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traffic cop
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 2:46:37 PM

What, pathygen95, "it's getting so bad..."?? Think again!

A common scam is the "traveler in distress" story. Professional beggars will do this, often with a female and child or two. They come up to you, with a heart-breaking story about having to get to a distant city for some important need. "We have to drive to "X" right now to see our baby's specialist, she's very sick..."

"Can you PLEASE help us buy gas? We need $50 to get there, but anything will help!"

I usually turn them away, because it's always contrived. At most I would tell them to pull up to the pump and I might put in $5 or 10 for them.

They never do!

You'll get this scam at bus and train stations, too.
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down2fumes
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 2:38:05 PM

never
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:42:07 PM

No haven't seen that here yet. The guy has a 100 gallon tank out of sight so he can make the big bucks scamming you.
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mmartin1988
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:34:19 PM

never actually for gas. often for cash ($5) to get some gas, which I always think is a scam.

i'd be much more willing to put actual gas in a can than give somebody cash.
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Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:32:38 PM

I once was at a station where a man asked for money and his penis was hanging out. It was so disgusting.
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crmedic
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:27:27 PM

not lately, maybe six months ago
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Desoto49
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:25:43 PM

Never
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:04:41 PM

Never been asked.
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:28:56 AM

two years ago
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:34:45 AM

Never
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EdPG
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 9:03:29 AM

Never been Asked
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 7:41:21 AM

I worked in the VA system for many years. I had encounters with many homeless veterans. I got some insight into what puts them in that circumstance. It may be their fault and it may not be. Drugs and alcohol cause a lot of it but sometimes it is just bad luck. So when I see someone asking for money to eat or for gas or whatever I try to give them something. I am not rich and I know I get stung sometimes but in the long run that $5 or $10 isn't going to change my life. But you know it might just help change that person's life on the side of the road.
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cogas1
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 7:53:52 AM

There are transients who have signs saying they need gas money around here all the time.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 8:08:57 PM

no
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coffeerage
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 5:59:54 PM

Sometime last year. The guy said his wife (in the car) was pregnant and he had to go several miles to a relative's place. I helped them out. I also give to homeless people at traffic stops. Can't help it.
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NickoliMB
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 4:29:39 PM

Never had that happen!!
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diesdown
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:39:55 PM

Nope
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gasscout_1
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 1:55:54 PM

NO I CANT!!
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 2:16:46 PM

Too bad those bums are too lazy to work for a living.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 5:30:22 AM

I have never had this to happen.
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MIT05
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:31:32 AM

Can't remember.
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BeaON
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:50:54 AM

Not yet.



[Edited by: BeaON at 11/11/2012 9:54:25 AM EST]
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