Trained Listener On The Train

| Manhattan, NY, USA | Liars/Scammers, Strangers, Transportation

(First encounter: hot and stinky afternoon; everyone finding a seat for the long commute home.)

Dude: “Excuse me, folks. This is really embarrassing but I need $8.20 to get home to Asbury Park. If you could help me out that’d be awesome.”

Me: *silent*

(Second encounter: months later, not so hot, just as stinky. And, obviously since I hadn’t moved, the same train line.)

SAME Dude: “Excuse me folks. This is really embarrassing but I need $8.20 to get home to Asbury Park. If you could help me out that’d be awesome.”

Me: *memory triggered* “Dude, I heard you give the same story months ago.”

Dude: *outta there*

(I assumed his story was more believable because he had a specific destination and dollar amount, though I’d think he’d pick one of the other countless train lines before he repeated one.)

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