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Old 9th January 2017, 10:17   #16
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Asking for (a specific amount of) money for a train or bus fare is the oldest trick in the book.
Indeed. One I encountered claimed his girlfriend had just thrown him out, he didn't have any money and needed to get the train to the next town. A couple of months later the same person used the same story to claim he needed to money to catch the bus to a different town but it was Saturday evening and the last bus of the day for that town had already left, so the next bus wasn't until Monday morning.
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Old 9th January 2017, 10:44   #17
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I once gave a beggar my loose change (60p or so) and the cheeky bugger asked if I had a couple of quid more!

Since then I refuse to give a penny to them no matter what their 'story'
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Old 9th January 2017, 10:47   #18
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Some are quite imaginative with their stories and some will shout to whole carriage that they're simply after money! Seems their 'honesty' sometimes pays off, so they'd keep doing it.

I even see the odd person buying tissues and those people really bug me as that's a very well organised racket.
My commute is full of people who I wish would buy and use some tissues!
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Old 9th January 2017, 11:25   #19
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Don't give them anything and text BTP on 61016 with the details, tell the station staff or train crew. I hate the scum and they get launched with extreme prejudice.

One of the happiest moments of my career to date was hearing a report of one of our regular aggressive beggars, a chap by the name of Grandad, causing trouble upstairs. Grandad used crutches as a visual aid to start with followed by a more general threat of violence with said crutches for non compliance.

By the time we made it upstairs Grandad was on the deck with one of his crutches broken in half with blood pouring out of a gash in his head having tried to menace the wrong person.

The local police turned up shortly afterwards and seeing who it was, they made him mop up his own blood off the floor before throwing him in the back of a van.

He wasn't homeless either.
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Old 9th January 2017, 13:27   #20
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I've just had 'have you got 50p' for a phone call on the Norwich-Great Yarmouth LHCS from a bloke wearing an electronic tag lol. Not just the big cities that have this problem. Opportunists are everywhere.
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Old 9th January 2017, 15:00   #21
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On our DOO services we have issues with Big Issue sellers ('cuse the pun).
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Old 9th January 2017, 16:36   #22
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Just tell him to split his journey at Derby and Sheffield. That'll more than save £7!
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Old 9th January 2017, 17:24   #23
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On our DOO services we have issues with Big Issue sellers ('cuse the pun).
If they are official vendors report them to the Big Issue as they are only allowed to sell them in their designated spot, otherwise inform the police as they aren't an official vendor.
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Old 9th January 2017, 17:34   #24
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Just tell him to split his journey at Derby and Sheffield. That'll more than save £7!
I would pay £7 to see that.
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Old 9th January 2017, 17:49   #25
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I had it on a train from London Bridge to Orpington last May. He was a right pushy scrote, so I told him to do one. He got off at Hither Green thankfully.
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Old 9th January 2017, 17:51   #26
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Best one i had was a beggar who first played some (dreadful) accordion then put his hand out to the passengers for coin.
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Old 9th January 2017, 17:59   #27
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Best one i had was a beggar who first played some (dreadful) accordion then put his hand out to the passengers for coin.
Pay me or I'll carry on?
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Old 9th January 2017, 18:26   #28
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This lunatic pops into Huddersfield every now and then, he's been using the same story for the past decade that he can't get home. Funny that, considering that he lives in Aspley (down near the university) which is an easy 20 minute walk from the station.

Two of his mates have also tried it, caught both of them out over a period of time with one getting rumbled when I asked that he place his shiny gold coins into the ticket machine at Huddersfield to get a ticket to where he wants to go. He reluctantly refused and walked off.

On one occation two Romainians boarded at Huddersfield and started to play their accordion with his mate going through and asking for cash - rumbled them as well when I told the guard that I 've seen begging onboard - they got chucked off at Leeds.
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Old 11th January 2017, 10:01   #29
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I just experienced a beggar on the 0651 XC Stoke-Piccadilly.

A fella entered the packed carriage just after Macclesfield and loudly announced that he needed 21 quid to get somewhere. Clutching a fistful of pound coins, he told the carriage that if we didn't believe him then he would hand over his passport and IPhone. A number of people did hand money over.

Full credit to the train manager as BTP were waiting for the train on the arrival platform at Piccadilly.
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Old 11th January 2017, 11:10   #30
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I was stopped by a beggar in France I said I am English " N pale France Pa "
He then asked me for money in English I told him in English to s... off
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