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swiftyisNOTevil writes, "I have recently become obsessed with the BBC Three show 'The Real Hustle' - personally, I think of it as a 'How To' show for aspiring con artists."

Have you carried out a successful con? Perhaps you hustled a few quid off a stranger, or defrauded a multi-national company. Or have you been taken for the wide-eyed, naive rube that you are?

(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:02)
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My passport? Why, certainly...
Travelling in Africa a few years ago, I had just crossed the border into Kenya from Tanzania. I guess I was far more tired than I thought: it's the only way I can explain how, when this guy walked up to me and asked me to follow him, I did. And when he asked to see my passport, I was on the verge of handing it over when my companion V stormed saw what I was about to do and stormed over.
V: WHAT the hell are you doing?
Me: erm... He wants to see my passport...
V: Enzyme, he's dressed in a jumper, shorts and flip-flops. Does he look official to you?
Me: But he asked...

V doesn't anger easily, but when she does... well... the guy took one look at her and realised he didn't have a chance.

Yes, I was stupid and I am ashamed. Yes, I am immensely grateful to V in retrospect. Yes, this story has turned out to be much less entertaining than I thought it would.
(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:18, Reply)

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