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Stop me if you've heard this one... - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Stop me if you've heard this one...
So, the smartest man in the world, the richest man in the world, the Pope, and a boy scout, jump out of a plane with parachutes. Except the smartest man in the world has the boy scout's backpack instead of a parachute. Oh, wait, because the plane is on fire. And they were arguing who should get the parachutes. And the smartest man wasn't really so smart, so when he took a parachute, he took the backpack... oh, never mind. I'm doing this all wrong.

But that's not what I'm here to tell you about.
I'm here to talk about the draft. No, wait...

Anyway. I was walking through Davis Square with my groceries, when a worried-looking woman stopped me.

"Hello. Oh, I'm sorry I startled you. Do you live around here?"
"Yes."
"Me too, on Thorndike Street, for a week now."

Ah, I think. She is lost.

"Where are you trying to get to?"
"The Nashua Trauma Center."
"Oh. Hmm. No, I don't think I know where that is, I'm not sure I've gone past it."
"The Nashua Trauma Center?"
"Well, do you know what street it's on?"
"I do now, because the police told me."
"Huh?"
"You see, I have to get to the Nashua Trauma Center, in Nashua, New Hampshire, in a hurry..."
"Oh. Right. Um, no, I'm sorry, I don't have any spare money."

She headed off again, but if I had been a meaner person, I would have wanted to ask "Are you new at this? Because that wasn't the right order at all." Of course, it was probably my fault for jumping straight to "where are you trying to get to." I can't blame her for getting her spiel derailed.

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: March 30th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee.

I guess there's an outside possibility that she was just called and told someone was in an accident and was in Nashua, and she's in shock. (I'm guessing the best non-driving route would be to go to the South Station bus station and get a bus to NH, and then probably take a taxi.)

If you see her wandering worried through Davis Square in the future you'll know that isn't it, though :)


firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 30th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
She just really had the wrong mannerism for someone who was actually upset - she seemed to be trying to do "harmless and nice" sufficient to catch me in a conversation, and then segue into "needs help." And then when I said I didn't have spare money, she just turned and headed off instantly. It was all wrong.

(And, as it turns out, a similarly described woman tried the same story on harrock a week ago. That's more solid evidence, but I didn't know that at the time. :) )
arcanology From: arcanology Date: March 30th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

That has got to be one of my least favorite ways to scam money off of nice people.

"Please sir, help me for I am in misfortune!"
"OK"
".... sucker."

Some people just need a good boot to the head and instruction on why not to reduce the general trust level of society because it leads to strangers booting you in the head.
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