Tourist place in Sardinia: A man approached me and my family and asked me if I spoke German. I said "Leider nicht" and looked uninterested - something about his appearance immediately made me sceptical. He then began his story in English and it was a long, detailed tale about him needing assistance in the country, but he had experienced massive problems with the local bureaucracy. He told me he had been sent from one office to another that whole day and that he was exhausted. He was very emotional when telling his elaborate story - almost breaking into tears here and there.
For some reason he opened his bum bag around one minute into his speech. Anyways, he must have spent almost 10 minutes on the story - which seemed well-rehearsed. The conclusion anyways was that he was short 2 euros and 60 cents for a train ticket to Cagliari and hence asked me for help. I told him "I am sorry, but no" and he looked shocked and angry. He then asked me why and I told him that I don't give money to strangers like that. Actually, I could have, but I didn't trust him one bit. He then hurled an array of insults to me and left.
It was just something about this guy. All my alarm bells went off. Anways, I am curious what the scam was all about. I had the feeling that if I had given him the money, it would never have stopped with 2.60 euros. It just seemed like he invested so much time and energy and thus would want more worth out of it.
Anyone has any thoughts?