Wednesday, March 06, 2013

On not falling for the old Car Park scam

So, somebody tried the old Car Park scam on me the other day.

I rolled up to the car park outside Budgens for some teabags and a packet of Rice Crispies, when a rat-face ne'er-do-well approached me.

"Scuse me, Mister," he said, "You look a good sort."

It's a lie, but I rolled with it.

"I'm s'posed to be going to a job interview," said the scruff, clearly not dressed for a job interview, "an' my car's run out of petrol. Could you give me some money?"

Heard it, and only one answer: "Bugger off."

"Look," he said, continuing with one of the oldest cons in the book, "I'll give you me gold ring."

He showed me a ring that might as well have come out of a cracker. Yeah, I'll bite.

"Let me just get you some cash. It's ...err... in the cash."

"Nice one, guv, nice one."

So, I went back to the car, and got him fifty of the Queen's Pounds. Here it is:

"What the fu... What's that?"

"Fake fifty quid for your fake ring. Now piss off."

He pissed off.

But seriously, watch out for these chancing arses. They're everywhere.


Steve said...

Yep, someone tried it on me in Paris a few years ago. Pretended to find a ring right in front of us and handed it to me, saying it might bring me good luck, then said that since it's probably worth a bit when I sell it we should give her some money. I handed it back and told her to sell it instead.

Kaptain Kobold said...

"I don't want your ring, but I'll give you 20 quid for a full-face photo. Smile please. No?"

Howard said...

I am impressed by the Queen's cleavage on that £50 note. She doesn't get 'em out on the 10s or 20s.

Steve said...

Is that the queen? I thought it was Rolf Harris in a frock.

MrBiscuits said...

I am mildly depressed. People only ever try and sell me dodgy watches in car parks...