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we had the exact same thing last year. Last night the guy got on the 91 we happened to be on so we managed to take a photo, he usually wears glasses but had taken them off when we took the shot. Is this the guy who got you? We confronted him about it but he denied it, I'm certain he is the same scam artist that we encountered, he even managed to get on the 91 without a ticket by using a sob story.
Yep that's exactly the one - he approached me about 9pm on Ferme Park Road - said he'd been mugged and attacked and asked if he could borrow money for a train fare. He actually had an open wound on his nose so had obviously gone to worrying lengths to make the story look true...
I actually had no money on me otherwise I probably would have given him some. He had offered his phone as security... which afterwards I thought was weird - if he had been mugged, why would he have his phone? Really glad to have got in and found this thread as I was worried I might have not been very helpful to someone genuinely in need!
a guy hangs around the bus stop outside Tesco and asks everyone for money claiming to have lost his oyster card - he's well known to locals as he has been using the same story for months - the strange thing is he is well dressed and looks about 30 but is obviously unwell - which becomes obvious when he speaks to you - he is quite aggressive
He approached me several years ago just outside the library in Haringey Park. He gave the same story . I am afraid it sounded so absurd that I burst out laughing. He looked very hurt and walked off.
The same guy approached me a couple of months ago when I was doing some gardening in my front garden in Park Road. He said he was a Psychotherapist, had fallen, and needed money to get home. He had a horrible, gaping, bloody open wound on the bridge of his nose - it made me feel sick! He looked so dodgy that I told him I hadn't any money to give him. So glad I didn't.