"Do you have a few dollars I can have? I'm stranded with out my wallet, I live in Boca and I need gas!"
This isn't the first time I've heard this con.
Me: "Oh man, that sucks. Where's your car?"
Girl: "Oh, um... It's down the street?"
Me: "Do you need help getting it to the gas station?"
Girl: "No, I just need a few dollars to get home."
Me: "OK, but how are you going to get gas in the car if it's down the street? Do you have a gas can?"
Girl: "Um, No... I just need a few dollars and I'll take care of the rest."
She's getting irritated now, I'm a poor mark and she's already looking for other guys at the gas station to sell her story to.
Me: "Yeah, that's what I thought. Well, I don't have any cash, but I could use my card to spot you $5.00 to get home"
Girl: "Oh forget it!"
As she storms off.
Me: "That sounds like a great idea!" said with a great big smile.
I've got no problem helping out someone who truly needs it, but when you smell a con it usually is just that, a con.
While I was pumping gas she was pretending to call her mom to amp up the story for the next guy to over hear. Then a cop pulled up, she suddenly didn't need any spare change and just went walking.
On to the next gas station...