Orange Line drivers tell tissue scammers to blow

Two Orange Line riders report the drivers of their trains (or maybe it was just the same fed-up driver on different trips) have had more than enough of the people who go from car to car handing out tissue packets with a written sob story attached in the hopes of picking up some money.

Gavin Schoch reports that this morning, a driver went on the PA to warn riders against getting their wallets out, in that blaring way that Orange Line drivers usually reserve for people not walking behind the yellow line at Downtown Crossing:

DO NOT GIVE THAT MAN MONEY IT IS A SCAM...SIR YOU CANT HAND OUT TISSUES EXPECTING MONEY STOP GOING CAR TO CAR THE T POLICE WILL BE WAITING AT THE NEXT STATION

Caitlin reports:

Yesterday the driver got out of their cab and came into the car to chase the tissue paper person off their train completely. 1215 coming up from Forest Hills.

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QUE UP

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THE ROLLING ASYLUM MUSIC

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Hand out the tissues

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Can we just hand the tissues and tell people to blow their nose. Amazed how many grow adults will sit there and suck snot every 30 seconds. Disgusting noise

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sniiiiiiiifffff

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No kidding. I was actually thinking of buying a bunch of pocket tissues and tossing them around the train, Oprah-style ("You get some tissues! And you get some! And you! Everyone gets tissues!")

But now I'll have to wait til this fizzles, or people will think I'm this wanker....

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It's possible...

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I don't know about this particular scam, but I've seen scams before where adults send young kids to beg.

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Common scam in NYC, London, Paris

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etc. In Europe they blame it on 'gypsies'. In UK,Ireland gypsies or 'Travelers' (called Irish Travelers in the U.S.; a group of notorious grifters).

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Thanks

Thanks for showing us your bigot side.

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That happened to me the other

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That happened to me the other day so I went to the machine to buy the guy a one way commuter rail ticket and suddenly he didn’t need one anymore.

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And I bet...

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...you've been telling everyone you know ever since.

Look, if you don't want to give money, then don't give money. But if you give, then give and let it go. Don't demand an accounting of how your gift is used. That's not giving.

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Tissue Scammers

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The only person who will get in trouble is the driver who left his post to chase the scammer off the train. If the Transit Police show up after service is delayed for a half and hour what actions can they take? If they do arrest them they will be laughed out of court.

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comments?

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weren't there a whole bunch here earlier?

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That's nice, but why is this scam targeted...

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.....over all the other scams on the T.

Train fare to the rehab center sob stories

Recently widowed senior citizen asking for money to avoid becoming a hooker

and so on. Those people don't get kicked off the train, why should the kleenex scan get all the attention?

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Pick Pockets

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They often have juveniles with them who bump into people.

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whys it seem as if the

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whys it seem as if the drivers care more about this shit than when their fucking stuck in train traffic and cant get on the overhead speaker to address the issue?

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