A strange encounter

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Briz, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Yesterday evening as I was on my way home from the Gator Nats and hanging out with John n Jen / the Funny Car and crew. I stopped for gas after getting off the highway on my exit. As I was filling up the Riv a guy in a black SUV pulls up and ask for help. newer car, well dressed woman and kids in the car. Heavy indian accent shows me his gas gauge is on empty says he's traveling and has lost his wallet. Need gas and money for food for the family. Normally when this happens, and it does from time to time I'll just fill their tank and be on my way. This guy pulls off a big gold ring and hand it to me ask for the gas and 100.00. Tell him I only have 32.00 in cash. He takes it for the ring then pulls off a big gold chain. 200.00 for the bling. I dont want it, not my style again I tell him I have no money. just gave you my last cash. Stranger points out theres an ATM inside. Not letting him in on what I have in the bank but again say I dont have it. He goes down to 100.00 pushes the chain into my hands. I give in and pull the cash out of the ATM. Hand it to him and get into the Riv then leave for the house.

    My wife worked for several years in the pawn shop and KIMG0404.JPG knows a bit about jewelry says the stuff looks real. Stamped 18K. Weighs nearly 4 Oz. Even if its not Im only burned for 130.00 and a tank of gas. If this pans out it could go along way towards the next engine build.
     
  2. Waterboy

    Waterboy Well-Known Member

    Steve, You are crazy, but good luck!!!
     
  3. johnriv67

    johnriv67 Well-Known Member

    Seems like it could only happen to you Steve! That's kinda cool, I hope it turns out well, keep us posted! Or if its even better than it seems, I hope you enjoy the new house in Costa Rica
     
  4. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    You took a chance and I hope it works out big for you. My guess is it’s hot.
     
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  5. Mart

    Mart '71 350 GS, almost stock

    So....his wife had no purse ? Seems strange. You know women and their credit cards and purses.
     
  6. Philip66

    Philip66 Well-Known Member

    I bet it's on the level.
    If I was in a foreign country and lost my wallet, I'd be willing to give up just about any possession I had with me to get some gas or cash or whatever.
    We've all been trained so well to sniff out a scam that when a legitimate need arises we think it MUST be a scam.
    What would you do if you were broke and out of gas with a language barrier?

    Good Job Briz!!
     
  7. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Briz......Im sorry to say, you just fell for the oldest trick in the book brother.
     
  8. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    People sell things for cheap when they are in a jam.
     
  9. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Maybe I just have become too jaded and cynical. maybe its my NY upbringing or working in Queens. I smell a rat.
     
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  10. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Then its also the easiest con game ever.
     
  11. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    Me too!
     
  12. wovenweb

    wovenweb Platinum Level Contributor

    I thought that was “I’ve got a bridge I can sell you.”
     
  13. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

    You are a good man sir. And yes this was a risk. But I believe in karma and you did good. If it turns out you were conned, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You made a call and it is what it is. It's on them for conning you.
     
  14. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    You dont loose almost 5k in gold because you dont have gas to get to a pawn shop, I call major BS,...and if you do its because it wasn't yours to give
     
  15. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    As it was going down I felt the same way. My spidey senses were going crazy. after I pulled out a second thought came to me.. Should have got a picture of his plates or had him write down his info. If the car was a rental the personal info would be on the paper work by that time I was well down the road. I was in as far as I was willing to go and stopped short of taking the guys " Rolex" for another hundred. Will have to checked tomorrow to see if its real. If so I'll probably melt it down.
     
  16. crazychevy

    crazychevy Gold Level Contributor

    This was a big scam up here last year. I kicked them out of My parking lot 5 or 6 times last summer and the cops arrested them at the gas station up the street.
    Good luck but it don't seem right.
     
  17. faster

    faster Well-Known Member

    Steve, you have a good heart and sometimes we get taken advantage of but we sleep good.

    We don't know who is legit and who isn't. I helped two women once at a truck stop in South Carolina in a piece of junk car with an infant who needed gas and food. Filled the tank, bought food at the speed burger and gave them $20 for baby items.

    On my return trip 5 days later here come the same two women, same piece of junk car, same truck stop, same scam, actually don't recognize me and try it again. I said "you really don't remember me from earlier this week"? They give me a snide remark and proceed to another guy. You'd think they'd leave, incredible boldness! I got the manager who called the sheriff. The women continued their scam until cops arrive and haul them off.

    All that said I will help someone who asks because I don't know the backstory. I will fill their tank, give them $20-30 for food but no more (I've blown money on stuff before). If they are scamming me they will face judgement/karma later but if they are truly in trouble who knows what I just saved them from.

    Mikey
     
  18. 2001ws6

    2001ws6 last of the v8 interceptors

    You did what you felt was the right thing to do. I would hope that if I ever had a problem that a person like you was there to help me out. It sucks that you may have gotten screwed over.
     
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  19. Smokey15

    Smokey15 So old that I use AARP bolts.

    And, now we wait to see if the stuff, and the guy, are legit. I hope so, Briz.
     
  20. Jerseysky66

    Jerseysky66 Silver Level contributor

    You have to be careful. Some jewelry is stamped 10k 14k 18k and is just JUNK. Found a decent looking necklace at a garage sale once and it was stamped 14k and wound up being JUNK. Good thing I only paid $1.

    On the other end of it. I had a bag of what I thought was junk jewelry and had a friend stop over. He was meeting a gold buyer at my house. He pulled a ring out of my junk bag and it was 10k gold. He gave me $50 and I was happy.
     

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