So on Monday morning I went to run some errands while Greg was home with Naomi. I got in the car and realized that I needed to get gas. So I stopped at the closest gas station and was just about to pump my gas when I was approached by a male about 30 years old.
"Can you help me m'am. My girlfriend and I are on our way to Columbia and I only had five dollars to use for gas. I tried to go to the church but they will only give us food. I'm good for it really I am. We just need to get to Columbia. I've got a checkbook and I can write you a check and send it to you. We just need some gas and some oil. I'd rather go to _____ because the gas is cheaper there but this is where we ended up. Could you just spot me $20 and I'll pay you back $30? I'm good for it, trust me"
So I'm a little hesitant but decide that I may help this guy out. So I told him, "I don't have any cash but I can swipe my card to get you some gas."
So he agrees and I swipe my card but for some reason it does not work in that particular machine. He says, "Could we just go to an ATM and get $20 for gas?"
"No, I can't get you cash but I can just pay for it inside."
Again, he agrees, starts to get the pump ready, presses the "pay inside" button and the presses the SUPER + button. I'm watching him and thinking how stupid does he think I am. So he presses the SUPER + button again and then says, "Oh no, I didn't want to do that. I'll just put $5 in, it's been a really tough day. I really need oil, the oil light came on and I don't know what to do, I really need oil."
So he puts $5 in and then we go inside and I get him a can of oil too. I pay for the gas and oil and he walks out the door, puts the oil in his car and drives off. No, "thanks", no, "what's your address so I can send you some money" (not that I would have given him my address). He just gets in the car and his girlfriend drives away.
I get to my pump and finally put some gas in my car. My card works just fine at my pump. Then as I drive off I look to the gas station across the street and my little friend and his girl are there, probably trying to scam someone else.
So, I know I got scammed but did I do the right thing? Usually I just use the "I'm trying to put my husband through grad school and I have a new baby" line but for some reason this time I didn't. Oh well. God put him in my life for a reason...not sure what that reason is, but God does.