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flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Scam stories

here's another for you, in the category of 'was I being scammed? if so, how?'

I was pumping at a lonely gas station in north Texas, late at night, and a guy came up to me and offered to repair the hail damage on my car.

it was dark, my car was in the shadows, and anyway it had no signs of hail damage. it had hailed in the area, tornado season, fairly recently. so maybe he was just blind pushing his business to everyone. at a nowhere gas station? 11pm? without any flyers, cards, or evidence of business ownership?

I said, "my car doesn't have any hail damage." he said, "yes it does." I looked at my car. he looked at my car. finally I said, "I'm good thanks" and he walked away.

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Scam stories

    I've often wondered what I would do if I needed some cash and didn't have a way to get it without asking a stranger.

offer an item of clothing, hopefully something like a watch that has some amount of value, but if not, go all in and try the shirt or shoes. no one is going to be comfortable accepting, but it'll go a long way toward founding your story in reality.

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Traveling in Xinjiang

i think it's interesting to observe that 'xinjiang' acts as an attractor for more bots than usual

cheers. never heard a bad big thief song

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 8, 2019

    I asked the museum where Yves Klein's "Blue" was, but much to my disappointment it is currently in storage in Pennsylvania.

have to assume they were tempted to replace it with a different giant blue square for the duration of the downtime

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Into the Mystic | Van Morrison |

this is his best song, except maybe the way young lovers do, or no maybe caravan? dunno. this one has the best chords


as I recall, this has always been the trend. "smaller companies" were never going to break into the world of undersea cables. i vaguely recall talk about some sort of asian consortium (?) to alleviate this. or something like that.

earned income tax credit

which we already have

and it works

but if you're advocating for ubi and not for an expansion of the eitc, you are a confused human

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Traveling in Xinjiang

ain't it?

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 12, 2018

and i thought it was ace

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