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    • By MSE Archna 11th Apr 09, 12:41 PM
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    MONEY MORAL DILEMMA. Would you give a stranger £3?
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    • 11th Apr 09, 12:41 PM
    MONEY MORAL DILEMMA. Would you give a stranger £3? 11th Apr 09 at 12:41 PM
    Here's this week's hypothetical situation for you to cogitate on:

    Would you help out a stranger with £3?

    A well-dressed, smart, woman approaches you on your way home, apologetically asking you for £3 for a train ticket. She says she has lost her wallet. You donít usually give to people who ask for money on the street, preferring to donate to charity. Would you give her £3?

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  • littlemissmoney
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    • 14th Apr 09, 10:37 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 10:37 PM
    No... but if I really thought she was telling the truth then I would ask her where she needed to get to and buy the ticket for her.
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  • masna
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    • 14th Apr 09, 10:38 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 10:38 PM
    No. This has happened to me at my local station and it was just a con. Masna
    • Thunderbird
    • By Thunderbird 14th Apr 09, 11:00 PM
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    • #4
    • 14th Apr 09, 11:00 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:00 PM
    I would buy her a ticket to her destination. I might give her the £3.00 if I was in a rush.
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  • kittenpea
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:04 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:04 PM
    no this is a scam it happened to me and my partner in manchester

    dont fall for this dont give anyone you dont know money (or someone you might know and not get it back from)
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  • boopydoo
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:04 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:04 PM
    I would tell her I had no change and go to the desk with her- if she needs the money that badly she won't object. There are cons about but that doesn't mean you shouldn't help someone who is in genuine need. That's one of the problems with today's society, nobody helps anybody else and we are all too cynical
    • thelawnet
    • By thelawnet 14th Apr 09, 11:32 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:32 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:32 PM
    Anyone who's spent time in Central London will have had this scam attempted on them. It's a scam, don't encourage it.
    • scotsbob
    • By scotsbob 14th Apr 09, 11:36 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:36 PM
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    • 14th Apr 09, 11:36 PM
    Yes without any hesitation or reservation, because I remember the day when I stood poor and penniless.
  • Bargain_seeker
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    • 15th Apr 09, 12:51 AM
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    • 15th Apr 09, 12:51 AM
    Definitely a scam - well dressed-well spoken and all. Happened to me a few times - Looked back after parting with money and person has "lost their money" all over again. Why don't they not call a friend using reverse charges and get them to pick them up? And if they make a story up about an emergency and that they can't wait to be picked up, distrust them all the more!
    • Miss Liquorice
    • By Miss Liquorice 15th Apr 09, 1:04 AM
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    No, I can't afford to give away money, and when I do, I only give to the charities I support. I rarely carry cash anyway (I can't remember the last time I had £3 on me!) as I put everything on my (cashback) credit card. Again, there should be someone they can call to give them a lift or someone they know they can meet. A £3 train fare isn't exactly hours away - what about jumping a taxi to a mate's/partner's/family member's place where they can pay the taxi at the other end?
    • PegasusPJ
    • By PegasusPJ 15th Apr 09, 1:40 AM
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    If I have time, I might buy the ticket for them (though I'd suggest a bus), otherwise no.

    but the people who say if it's genuine they could call a friend:
    I have NO friend in London that have a car... and all live/work way too far from where I work to be able to come give me some money easily..
    • nettles
    • By nettles 15th Apr 09, 3:17 AM
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    no
    I think you can get a ticket from the ticket office , if you give them your details. Then you pay them the next day. I am sure it used to work like that anyway.
    • BeenieCat
    • By BeenieCat 15th Apr 09, 3:20 AM
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    Definitely not

  • GonzoAston
    No. Its a shame, but too many people just out to con you these days (I feel so old saying that)

    I was once asked if I had £2 so they could use the phone.
    I know my spelling is shocking It is alot better than it used to be though
  • austinmeeson
    I would buy the ticket for her,myself if I thought she wa genuine.
  • koppite79
    if she looked genuine i would prob give her the money or at least get her the ticket.

    too mant cynics in the world, this situ says more about you than it does the other person and i choose to think tat not everyone is as bad as the daily mail would have us all believe. better to give and be conned than not give and be a tw!t.
    • gettingbetter
    • By gettingbetter 15th Apr 09, 3:38 AM
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    hi

    if she was well dressed
    i would be more inclined to believe
    her than someone scruffy
    but as i am skint i would
    probs say NO sorry

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  • GonzoAston
    if she looked genuine i would prob give her the money or at least get her the ticket.

    too mant cynics in the world, this situ says more about you than it does the other person and i choose to think tat not everyone is as bad as the daily mail would have us all believe. better to give and be conned than not give and be a tw!t.
    Originally posted by koppite79
    The reason that there are so many cynics in the world, is that they've probably been had over once or twice and now dont bother. I dont blame them personally.

    When I worked in Central London, there was always people harrassing you for money wherever you go. On the tube, on the streets etc. You cant give to all of them, and sometimes you'd see them changing up a load of money in the shop.

    End of the day, I give to two registered charities, and thats the lot im giving to. I have my own bills to pay, and moneys tight enough anyway.
    I know my spelling is shocking It is alot better than it used to be though
  • aliboo64
    I would tell her I had no change and go to the desk with her- if she needs the money that badly she won't object. There are cons about but that doesn't mean you shouldn't help someone who is in genuine need. That's one of the problems with today's society, nobody helps anybody else and we are all too cynical
    Originally posted by boopydoo

    I agree with boobydoo
    • ruthcoppard
    • By ruthcoppard 15th Apr 09, 6:28 AM
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    If I have money , and have just spent some money on me for a sandwich or chocolate or a paper, then Yes, I probably would. Better to buy the ticket than give the money, of course, but haven't we all been skint?. Needing to ask is a sad place to be.
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