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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 used to do my bit for the environment by reusing the return portion of train tickets if they hadn't been stamped: most are valid for a month after issue. I squared this with my being an ethicist by constructing an elaborate Kantian argument (cf 3lijah's post below) for the permissibility of fare-dodging.

Sadly, (a) ticket inspectors tend not to be imporessed by feats of transcendental practical reasoning, and, anyway, (b) the argument didn't work.* It was only when I realised (b) that I actually started paying more consistently.

* The argument does work, though, in respect of letting yourself into theatres/ concerts with empty seats. Message me for a lesson in moral philosophy and an explanation of why.
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 11:15, 2 replies)
£70 a week for a journey that took 3 hours each way when it was supposed to take 1.5, usually without a seat, and that's if I even got there at all? No fucking chance.

If you ask me for my ticket, I'll continue to stare out of the window with my headphones on, pretending not to notice. If you can be arsed to make the monumental effort of prodding me in the shoulder and asking, which is not very often, then I'll ask you for a weekly - but woe betide you if you ask why I'm travelling without one as I launch into a rant about broken machines and no staff at various pissant little stations with shit-stained walls (all true).

It usually cost about half what it was supposed to, so it worked out about fair timetable-wise. They're still bastards for the lack of seats and all the times I didn't get there at all though, not to mention lack of earnings when 6 hours of travelling a day wasn't considered enough effort for the boss and it cost me my job. Another story.

(More theft than a con by my own principles, but hey, I ain't trying to hide it - I would gladly have paid full price for full service.)
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 13:10, closed)
^Staring out of the window
Works most of the time. I pay for about 20% of my train fares, because I'm either pretending to sleep or not paying attention. It's not a con, it's their fault if they don't make enough effort to get my attention to buy a ticket.
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 18:27, closed)

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