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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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I was visiting my parents new villa in Turkey and I landed in Istanbul airport (an absolute pile of crap). I got my £10 visa which i needed, then went through passport control. So far so good. I was visiting my parents down in Bodrum so i had to change from the international part of the airport to the domestic to catch the connecting flight which was flying in about half an hour. I was told by my parents that it was signposted well and it was only a few minutes walk and was even in the same building. Fine. I saw some signs and thought i could figure it out but just to be on the safe side, i went to the help desk (literally 10 metres beyond passport control) and asked where the domestic terminal was.

The guard uniformed old dude there asked to see my ticket and took it from me, stood up, then immediately started walking fast in the opposite direction. Somewhat startled by this i ran to catch up with him and he said "this way, this way, hurry hurry".

Anyway, I followed him and managed to take the ticket out of his hands as i was paranoid he was going to stuff it down his fetid togs or something. Anyway, we went up some escalators and i could plainly see where to go and started to make noises to this effect but to no avail.

So we got to the domestic terminal after 5 minutes walk, and he said "have a safe trip, you must give me £100". WTF? I said that i would have given him a tip (i dunno, i had like $10 on me) but now i wouldnt cos of his cheek to ask for £100. He then leans in to me and said "you give me £100, or i will use radio for security. you miss flight, you go to prison room." I was absolutely incandescent with rage about this extortion and started to walk off. He simply bleeped his radio and muttered something into it. He undoubtedly spoke gibberish, or asked another guard if they had a light or something.

Not realising this fact I crapped myself, and turned around and walked back and handed him £50 and said that was all i had.

Big smiles from our boy. "welcome to Turkey" he said and went back the way he came. I realised then that he probably would have been happy with the mouldy $10 bill.

I have never gone back. I am also a weak pathetic fool.
(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:53, Reply)

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