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Old 10-02-2019, 07:47 AM
 
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For the third time in a week, I’ve been approached at a gas station pump with roughly the same plaintive pitch... “excuse me sir, I’ve just realized that my (choose one: purse, credit card, wallet) has been stolen/forgotten/lost, and I just need enough gas to get home (which always seems to be about 30 miles away). Their car is sitting at a pump nearby. The car is often a newer model, and they’re typically decently attired - which seems to play into the rise that they’re otherwise normal, decent people who’ve just had an unfortunate episode for which they need a small bit of temporary aid (like $5 of gas - which doesn’t even require cash, and instead, just a debit card). In one instance, the person was driving a newer Cadillac. In the most recent occurrence, the person was driving a Mercedes, and it happened at the Sheetz at RDU.

Prior to this past week, I’ve run into this scheme maybe once or twice over the last few years. But for it to happen 3 times in the past week seems like this trend has really caught on. Just curious if anyone else has encountered this recently.
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:12 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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This is an obvious scam in the retail industry. Gas stations are not the only retailers.

Here is another scenario from a retail store:

[Customer (black male dressed nicely):] "Hi, I would like to return this impact drill. I cannot recall what store location I bought it at. I paid cash for it."

[Associate:] "Do you have your receipt?"

[Customer:] "No, I do not. Can you look it up by my credit card?"

[Associate:] "No. We can pull up your reward membership account."

[Customer:] "I am not a reward member. I do not give out personal information."

[Associate:] "Okay. Our options are exchange the merchandise for something in the store, or receive merchandise credit toward future purchases."

[Customer:] "I need cash now."

[Associate:] "If you want to leave the item here and check for your receipt where you paid cash, we can wait. An ID will required in order to initiate the return."

[Customer leaves.]

[Security Associate (approaches associate):] "That guy and his blonde female partner were in here earlier today sneaking items to a purse and walking out. We have evidence on tape. When he comes back, I will bust him."

[Looking outside a storefront window, a male and a blonde female drive off in a Mercedes.]
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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Is this a scenario you personally witnessed or made up?
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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This is an obvious scam in the retail industry. Gas stations are not the only retailers.

Here is another scenario from a retail store:

[Customer (black male dressed nicely):] "Hi, I would like to return this impact drill. I cannot recall what store location I bought it at. I paid cash for it."

[Associate:] "Do you have your receipt?"

[Customer:] "No, I do not. Can you look it up by my credit card?"

[Associate:] "No. We can pull up your reward membership account."

[Customer:] "I am not a reward member. I do not give out personal information."

[Associate:] "Okay. Our options are exchange the merchandise for something in the store, or receive merchandise credit toward future purchases."

[Customer:] "I need cash now."

[Associate:] "If you want to leave the item here and check for your receipt where you paid cash, we can wait. An ID will required in order to initiate the return."

[Customer leaves.]

[Security Associate (approaches associate):] "That guy and his blonde female partner were in here earlier today sneaking items to a purse and walking out. We have evidence on tape. When he comes back, I will bust him."

[Looking outside a storefront window, a male and a blonde female drive off in a Mercedes.]
What does the color of the man's skin have to do with anything?
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:50 AM
 
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Had same scam happen to me on 40 at a rest stop on one of my trips to family in the mountains. One year later I visited family again, and stopped at the same rest stop. This same guy, with the same story approached me.

I gave him a piece of my mind and drove off. What a loser.

I dont give folks money anymore. I use to be sympathetic, but then I thought "If i make money farming and working my butt sore for $6/hr why can't these folks get a fast food or grocery job at $7/hr?". I have very little patience for them now and view them as lazy, entitled bums as the default unless they can prove otherwise.
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:57 AM
 
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I've put some gas into peoples cars a few times, but I'm not handing out cash.
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Old 10-02-2019, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Southeast US
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I stopped going to sheetz. Every location every time, I was hit up with some sort of sob story for my money.
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Old 10-02-2019, 12:55 PM
 
Location: River's Edge Inn, Todd NC
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For the third time in a week, I’ve been approached at a gas station pump with roughly the same plaintive pitch... “excuse me sir, I’ve just realized that my (choose one: purse, credit card, wallet) has been stolen/forgotten/lost, and I just need enough gas to get home (which always seems to be about 30 miles away). Their car is sitting at a pump nearby. The car is often a newer model, and they’re typically decently attired - which seems to play into the rise that they’re otherwise normal, decent people who’ve just had an unfortunate episode for which they need a small bit of temporary aid (like $5 of gas - which doesn’t even require cash, and instead, just a debit card). In one instance, the person was driving a newer Cadillac. In the most recent occurrence, the person was driving a Mercedes, and it happened at the Sheetz at RDU.

Prior to this past week, I’ve run into this scheme maybe once or twice over the last few years. But for it to happen 3 times in the past week seems like this trend has really caught on. Just curious if anyone else has encountered this recently.
Maybe try using a different gas station ?
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I just tell them, "I"m sorry but my wife only gives me enough for my lunch". Which implies I don't have cash, or a credit card, and sidesteps any confrontation.
If I'm already going to step into the store, I'll advise their clerk that a panhandler is outside bothering their customers.
I don't feel guilty at all, considering all the taxes I pay, and the donations I already give to credible agencies. The gas-pump panhandler may look and sound pathetic, but I'd rather my money go to the family who's house burnt down and needs clothing for their kids, etc.

(PS: I don't have a wife).
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Lake Gaston, NC
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I've put some gas into peoples cars a few times, but I'm not handing out cash.
sucker
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