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I went ahead and helped him out; he was in a very agitated state. Tall fellow, maybe six-feet-3~4 inches.

 

The cynical side of me (alas, there are so many cynical sides) was left ... wondering.

 

I don't think I've ever been hit-up by a farang here.  

 

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By any chance did he say that he had just been mugged or pickpocketed and that without some money he'd need to sleep in the streets and would be unable to go home?

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17 minutes ago, suzannegoh said:

By any chance did he say that he had just been mugged or pickpocketed and that without some money he'd need to sleep in the streets and would be unable to go home?

 

No.

 

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1 hour ago, Berkshire said:

How much?

 

By the way, my attitude has always been to help those in genuine need...except when it comes to money.

 

Because, in case this was a "case" of "real need" ... in my  judgement it was, and that's based on years working with mentally ill, and troubled, people, long ago ... I have omitted details of the interaction, and my response, which might identify the person ... out of respect for their privacy.

 

I took a chance; I don't regret it. สมน้ำหน้า  sohm nam naa

 

~o:37;

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What does 'hit up' mean?

 

Same as 'hit on'?.. 

 

Was it one of the crazy cycling chiristian boys spreading the lords word to the ignorant savages.. they are the only farang cyclist that try to talk to me there.

 

 

 

 

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Probably the same guy that asked me for money last month!  German accent and said he was Swiss. The weird thing was he asked me for something like 43 Bt, it seemed like an unlikely number to ask for. He said he needed it to make up enough money to call someone so he could get a money transfer.I almost gave it to him as it was a small amount but to me it was obviously a scam so I declined. If that is all the money he needed I am sure he could easily ask for a small loan from somewhere where people knew him. So it didn't make sense.

Interestingly a couple of weeks later I came across him in a soi and he obviously remembered me as I was on the receiving end of a string of not so nice expletives !

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1 hour ago, orang37 said:

 

Because, in case this was a "case" of "real need" ... in my  judgement it was, and that's based on years working with mentally ill, and troubled, people, long ago ... I have omitted details of the interaction, and my response, which might identify the person ... out of respect for their privacy.

 

I took a chance; I don't regret it. สมน้ำหน้า  sohm nam naa

 

~o:37;

You have to ask yourself; who would give you money if you were in desperate need?

 

I have money, comfortable but certainly not eligible to join the rich bustards club. Then I have to consider, what happens if I fall seriously ill or involved in a serious accident, I may need my savings for that purpose one day. It`s my sort of backup, like an insurance.

 

For this reason I place myself first and don`t lead or give handouts.

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If he's six feet tall and young, I am sure a lot of ladies will let him do some private massages to earn some extra money 

 

How old is he?

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This reminds me of a scam from the early 1980’s:  A well-dressed, English-speaking Thai man would approach foreigners, asking for 100 baht.  He explained that his car had been accidentally locked and he needed the money to hire a locksmith. 

 

The story was eventually reported in the local English-language press, and I happened to read it.

 

A little later, my friend and I were approached by this same guy on Ploenchit Road.  Recognizing his story, we offered to go with him to his car and help him open it ourselves.  He declined of course, though I can’t remember the reason he gave for not accepting our help, if any.

 

Some of you folks who have been here a good while may recall that scam.

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If you get approached by an unknown farang in Thailand, you should know it's a scam. Met a lady outside Kad Sun Khaeo (sp?) who wanted to change US 100 dollar bills to baht. Told her that there are several banks inside the mall. Should have called the police,but didn't bother. Counterfeit money obviously. Scum!

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20 hours ago, suzannegoh said:

By any chance did he say that he had just been mugged or pickpocketed and that without some money he'd need to sleep in the streets and would be unable to go home?

I was hit on by a guy on a push bike in loikhro claiming he had lost his wallet and needed money to phone his bank in Switzerland! Answer no chance! Walked on.

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10 minutes ago, dave moir said:

I was hit on by a guy on a push bike in loikhro claiming he had lost his wallet and needed money to phone his bank in Switzerland! Answer no chance! Walked on.

Definitely the same guy !

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20 hours ago, Spaniel said:

Over the years I have been asked by a variety of ex-pats for money..   If I could identify with 100 %  accuracy the truly needey I would give them a few bucks  but it seems those asking for handouts are all con artist.     If you talk to any of them for a few minutes you will see their sad stories all fall apart.       Try to offer help like you will take them to the police station to file a theft report.  locate their embassy, banking assistance etc and they soon lose interest and quickly move on to look for another sucker.

I once got talking to a German guy at the bar of a hotel I was staying in, when I said goodbye, I walked up the stairs to my room, which was at the top of the stairs, a few mins later there was a knock on my door, it was the German guy asking for money. I said something like " if you don't .....off, I will knock you down these ......stairs", he couldn't get away quickly enough.

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