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Old 02-19-2009, 01:31 AM
 
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Default Irish Travellers

Lately, i've been really curious about the Irish Travellers (usually called "gypsies") in Memphis. I realize that there has already been a topic on this, but it was closed over a year ago. I want to discuss it some more. I became interested in them when I realized that my church (St. Louis on White Station) has many Irish Travellers. Also, I have many friends who work at restaurants in East Memphis and apparently the Irish Travellers love going out to eat there. And I have several friends who went to Catholic school with some Travellers.

Out of curiosity, I drove through their trailer park off of Shelby Drive. They were some of the nicest trailers I've even seen. Many of them were double wides, many had brick porches. Most of the driveways had a truck & a Lexus SUV, sometimes Mercedes and Lincolns. Almost every trailer had a statue of Mary, Jesus, or a Saint infront of it. Many of the trailers had big signs infront of them with a picture of their child dressed in a costume and a couple of words about them. There weren't a lot of people out because apparently we went when most of the Travellers were in East Memphis eating dinner. The people that we did see seemed to be busy and on the go. Overall, it was a little strange, but their community seemed more mainstream than I thought it would be. If it weren't a trailer park, it would look like a wealthy, devoutly Catholic neighborhood that values children.

Does anyone have any other experiences with the Travellers?

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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My mother did.

It was not a good experience and involved them "escorting" an old lady to the bank so that she could get out all her savings and "pay" them for some shoddy work on her house.
She was at first terrified, then humiliated, and finally very angry.

Hire them if you wish.
 
Old 02-22-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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So do they make their whole living off of scamming people? I wonder how they have enough money to buy nice cars, clothes, and pay for Catholic school tuition.
 
Old 02-23-2009, 12:37 AM
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Irish travellers and gypsies are too very different ethnic groups. IT are white. Gypsies are swarthy and originated in India a heckuva long time ago. They are not the same group at all.
 
Old 02-23-2009, 04:31 AM
 
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Irish travellers and gypsies are too very different ethnic groups. IT are white. Gypsies are swarthy and originated in India a heckuva long time ago. They are not the same group at all.
I know, but in Memphis, most people know them as "gypsies"
 
Old 02-23-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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Interesting, i had no idea this group was in Memphis!
 
Old 02-23-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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I just heard about the gypsies the other day, I was told they are alive and well in Memphis, and learn at a very young age how to pickpocket and scam money. I was surprised, but happy to be forewarned.
 
Old 02-23-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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A friend of mine used to work at the mall in a clothing shop and said "gypsies" would come in and try to steal from the store...also, I saw an expose on 20/20 a number of years ago about the Irish Travelers and said they scam people in home repair jobs-so maybe that's how they drive such nice cars, probably don't pay any taxes either.
 
Old 02-23-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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I have a friend who works at Houston's and he says they come in every day, usually in large groups. They like to steal the silver things that hold the sugar. I also suspect that they stole the communion chalice at church. There were a lot of gypsies that day, most of them stood in the back of the church the whole time. After communion, the priest announced that one of the chalices was missing. I looked back and all of the gypsies were gone. I dunno if it was them or how they did it, but it's just speculation.
 
Old 02-24-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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iam a irish traveller an i would like to let you know we do not steal from know one or the church and if ur mom got took u should get the cops on it an trace the check back to who did this
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