1. The hoverer: hoverers do exactly that. They hover near the convenience store (usually in front of a "No Loitering" sign) and pretend to be doing something. I saw one this morning. He wasn't there when I pulled up to get gas, but as I got out of my car I suddenly saw him sipping on a drink and looking around casually as if he didn't see me. What gave him away? Gee I dunno - could have been the lack of teeth or the clothes from "panhandlers R us." As soon as I saw him I said, "screw it", and drove off without gas. I just don't have the patience and I'm afraid one of these days I'm going to kick the s**t out of one of them when they walk off (empty-handed) muttering "asshole" under their breath. So I just avoid them wen possible for my own sake.
2. The sneak attacker: I still haven't figured out where these motherf***ers come from. I suspect that they wait across a street, at bus stop, or behind the building because I never see them. But, sure enough, as I'm finishing pumping gas, one will come around the side of the pump and say, "s'cuse me sir..." Luckily for them, they always make a wide arc and are far out of reach when they emerge, as if out of nowhere, from behind the pump.
3. The driver: Theses guys are the worst. They actually have a car, so they are often hard to spot. You'll be pumping your gas an they'll pull up to th other side of the pump and pretend like they are getting gas. But, before you can say "welfare check" thy will be asking you for "gas money." Don't offer to give them gas, though, because they will tell you that they just need the money because the gas is "too expensive at this station." Yeah.
I used to make excuses and say "I don't carry cash", or something like that. Now I just tell them to go away. Not in a mean way, but more in a your-life-depends-on-it way. Anyone else deal with this to this extent? Any stories of how you get rid of them?
This post has been edited by Programmist: 20 March 2008 - 05:13 AM