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Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 4:31:20 PM

How do you respond to people asking for money at the gas station?

Refuse? Give them money?

Recently, one woman asked me for money saying that she ran out of gas. Her big SUV was at the pump so I presume it still has a little gas in it. She seemed like a character to be suspicious of so I declined.

Once someone asked for a loan and said they would paypal me. I accepted their plea and they did paypal me the money back.
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Mininana
All-Star Author New York

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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 3:05:44 PM

only one such instance, had a woman pull up and I gave her another $10 on my kwik-fill... she had a sad, but plausible, story, and a very average car...
if I had it all to do over, I'd have asked if she intended to repay and, if she had said yes, I'd have given her as much as she said she wanted...
fortunately, I could afford to write it off...
but I think that would be my strategy next time... I'm still glad I did
Rudolf_Golf
Sophomore Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 1:38:13 PM

I say I don't carry cash and am using a card (which is true) then never go back to that station again. If the people running the place aren't noticing panhandlers (who never really are people in need, its always scammers) they aren't going to notice people trying to rob you either.
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 11:07:10 AM

I ask them if they can spare I buck for me, cause I overfilled!
WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 9:00:27 AM

Unless they have had some bad luck, which all of them say they have had, they should plan better. I do not feel sorry for them when they need gas money to get half way across the country to get home.
Philo_Gray
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 10:19:17 PM

Sorry. Not at these prices.
momstaxivan
Rookie Author Omaha

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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 11:23:40 AM

I have never experienced this.
PatAZ
Champion Author Tucson

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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 10:55:18 AM

No way Im giving them money.
GasMiser718
Champion Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 10:36:22 PM

Just say no
k7lvo
Veteran Author Medford

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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:58:01 PM

Just say "No!"
twt
Champion Author Virginia Beach

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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 3:42:02 AM

I gave a bum a dollar once, for food. He went inside and bought a bottle of Thunderbird. Never, again.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 1:40:21 AM

Never encountered panhandlers at a service station.
moxxor54
Veteran Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 11:47:37 PM

Yes, happened twice ! Both beat up SUV. I did not give them any money.
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 2:08:50 PM

Not a problem where I live. The cops would take them to a local shelter, if there was.
jason54915
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 12:46:03 PM

We do not have those type of people around here.
V18
Champion Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 12:38:29 PM

Never seen anyone asking for change at the gas station. Then again I tend to buy most of my gas from Costco.
k7lvo
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 12:35:53 PM

Philo, not that I've contibuted, but at least gas goes in their tank, not in their arm or up their nose.
k7lvo
Veteran Author Medford

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 12:32:43 PM

Them: "Got any spare change?"
Me: -reach into pocket, pull out hand full of change and look at it- "No." -put change back in pocket, walk off-
cv
Champion Author Raleigh

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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 6:39:17 AM

Just say no.
estroh
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 12:13:27 AM

Never experienced this
Philo_Gray
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 11:53:54 PM

never once asked for money at the gas station. But I have been asked for gas. It's much more valuable than cash. LOL
TomB2
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 11:43:09 PM

Just say NO!
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 10:28:46 PM

This has never happened to me
DrBentonQuest
Sophomore Author Bakersfield

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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2014 12:34:39 PM

I don't give handouts to panhandlers. I do, however, give donations to charitable organizations that they can go to for assistance.
Camry05
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2013 10:58:53 PM

no cash on me sorry
dfp609
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2013 9:30:30 PM

I would tell them that I don't have any cash
TomB2
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2013 3:28:09 PM

I tell them I don't have any extra cash.
Dolfankai
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2013 3:01:02 PM

I won't do it again. I had a guy walk up to me asking for money to put gas in a moped. I smelled a rat but I decided to give him a chance. I told him that I will go in and pay for a couple dollars for him. When I got inside they told me that he's been out there all day doing that. So if there are people out there who really need help, he just messed it up for them. It's sad.

[Edited by: Dolfankai at 9/26/2013 3:03:23 PM EST]
Philo_Gray
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 2:04:30 PM

What makes me sad is not that they are their. It is that their are more and more of them. Moving from the cities to more and more suburbs.

I did help someone with 2 gal of gas once but they paid me cash. It was at night and the card reader was not working and they did not have enough gas to get home. (I was once in the same situation.) I am willing to help when I can, but I would rather give out a fishing pole then a fish.
Houckster
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 11:09:01 AM

HEMOND writes: Agree, no legitimate gun owner would ever do such a thing. That is some kind of leftist/liberal attempt at creating a fantasy image of yahoo gun owners. The only ones who would display a firearm like that would be 'bros in the hood, street thugs, or wannabe drug dealers. IOW criminals who shouldn't have a gun by law.

A true gun owner, especially those who carry (concealed or open) are not going to brandish it like a toy.
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A legitimate gun owner is one who has complied with the steps specified in law to obtain a gun. That doesn't mean that the person will always act correctly but they are still legitimate gun owners at the time of the crime and remain so unless the state decides to strip them of their privilege. Legitimate gun owners can break the law and can be charged for doing so. Just like legitimate drivers with a license.

If we accept HEMOND's definition, no legitimate gun owner has ever committed a crime because by committing a crime, the person is no longer legitimate. Unfortunately a lot of gun owners believe this fallacy. And, of course, anyone who rejects this silliness is part of a leftist/liberal attempt plot to take everyone's gun away.
Houckster
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 10:52:28 AM

MERTIEMAN writes: These people are like the other panhandlers on the street, looking for a free hand out and will not work for anything. Flat out, tell them NO! My wife has some members of her family like this, and they are now told NO.
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Yes, there are some panhandlers who won't work but in this economy, there are a lot of truly desperate people who have little or no chance of finding a job. Grouping everyone who is needy into one class shows a lack of judgment.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 9:36:18 AM

These people are like the other panhandlers on the street, looking for a free hand out and will not work for anything. Flat out, tell them NO! My wife has some members of her family like this, and they are now told NO.
bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 9:20:46 AM

I politely say no.
Thumper52
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 5:39:02 AM

I don't give money to anyone I don't know.
EvPv
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 5:11:00 PM

I bust my ass to hard to give it to a stranger for nothing. Going to get checked out for heart issue next week. Not to see if I have one, but to find out if I push it beyond the limits.
Hemond
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 4:50:19 PM

::::To those few who think it's funny to say you would display a firearm, would go to jail for such an act, known at the very least as brandishing.:::

Agree, no legitimate gun owner would ever do such a thing. That is some kind of leftist/liberal attempt at creating a fantasy image of yahoo gun owners. The only ones who would display a firearm like that would be 'bros in the hood, street thugs, or wannabe drug dealers. IOW criminals who shouldn't have a gun by law.

A true gun owner, especially those who carry (concealed or open) are not going to brandish it like a toy.
CptSteve
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 2:53:46 PM

Never been asked.
twt
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:05:27 AM

I just say no.
TheJediCharles
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 10:35:49 AM

I refuse to encourage panhandling by rewarding it. I feel a responsibility to my fellow man, but that includes those of us who must live here in peace without pity-beggers at every corner dragging down the quality of living. "They" count on us to in our moment of weakness to take a stand for society.
gus8441
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 1:48:37 PM

i pay with a card
Jawbonz
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 1:40:05 PM

To those few who think it's funny to say you would display a firearm, would go to jail for such an act, known at the very least as brandishing. No violent felony has been committed at that point, to warrant the threat, or use, of deadly force. Good luck at your trial. It's really not funny to joke around like that, and it really lends strength to the fact that those who talk like that, shouldn't be carrying a firearm anyway.

To those who ask if they have change for a $100? You're asking to become a robbery victim at that point, as it implies you have a lot of what they want. Money.
asizzle80
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:56:23 PM

I never have cash.
morrongiello
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:25:39 AM

Never happened to me
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:11:46 AM

Has never happened to me
Dennis783
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 7:39:38 AM

just say no
rjb34747
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 7:27:09 AM

No
OilerFan
Champion Author Tulsa

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 7:25:52 AM

I just tell them no.
I don't feel pressured to give money anymore.
contiki
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 7:01:54 AM

GSDMan sad story and thanks for sharing it with us so we can understand some situations........
GSDMan
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 6:52:11 AM

I used to have a pretty hard heart when it came to stuff like this. But, ten years ago, give or take, I was working in a gas station. A car appeared on the property that looked abandoned so we had it towed away a day or two later. Shortly after that, a panhandler that had been hanging out in the area came in and said that was his home and he needed his medication, blah blah blah, and we told him to get lost. Well, his body was found two days later in the bushes next door. Dead from diabetic shock and, sure enough, he had insulin in a cooler in the car. So I take these requests on a case by case basis now and try to er on the side of generosity.
cv
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 6:09:35 AM

Sorry, I can't help you.
nichols
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 10:39:25 AM

ignore
darwinfinch
Veteran Author Gasbuddy

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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2013 12:39:03 PM

Happens in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada all the time. Never anywhere else have I had this happen.

One guy was selling used DVDs with a Blockbuster rental sticker on them.

Some people drive around all day with a dozen different scams.
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