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(Post-Gazette)   "Caucasians known to speak with an Irish accent," are operating a driveway paving scam   (post-gazette.com) divider line 83
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2006-08-26 11:22:30 PM
Glass.Parking.Lot.
 
2006-08-26 11:23:08 PM
shiat, that scam from the traveling Irish is older than...submitter's Grandma!
 
2006-08-26 11:23:25 PM
A gypsy is as a gypsy does. The race is of no matter. Stupid people looking for a bargain, then complain. A little research and asking for referals from others. You usually get what you pay for.
 
2006-08-27 12:33:49 AM
Ahhh, the Travelers are back! Fall is here.
 
2006-08-27 01:32:43 AM
maRox, I'm pretty sure that the gypsies are an ethnicity. Not 100% though. Anyone know for sure?
 
2006-08-27 01:33:24 AM
Are these the same group of knuckleheads that where caught on video beating up their kid in a store couple of years ago?
 
2006-08-27 01:34:14 AM
As an Irishman, I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies....

/No, seriously, I'm Irish.
 
2006-08-27 01:35:03 AM
Article is wrong.
These are gypsies and they've been scamming people for a long,long time.
 
2006-08-27 01:36:21 AM
they come in groups of four and still haven't found what they're looking for.
 
2006-08-27 01:36:47 AM
In reality, Travelers don't do much labor beyond tramping around on the roof.
 
2006-08-27 01:36:47 AM
Satan_Himself yeah, the preferred term is Roma.
 
2006-08-27 01:37:19 AM

Also, never ever buy a caravan from a Pikey. And especially be aware of any Pikeys who want to buy ther ma a caravan in Periwinkle Blue.


ffmedia.ign.com

 
2006-08-27 01:38:15 AM
BKITU: /No, seriously, I'm Irish.

Yeah, but are you actually Irish or were your great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents from there and the closest you've ever gotten to Ireland is watching Darby O'Gill and the Little People?
 
2006-08-27 01:41:22 AM
From Wikapedia

Gypsy may refer to:

In ethnography:

* Roma people, an ethnic group in Southern and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East
o Romani language, their language
o Kalderash, the most numerous of the Roma people, traditionally smiths, from the Balkans, central Europe, North America
o Sinti, a Roma people in Germany, Austria, Italy, etc., also known as Zigeuner or Zingari
o Romnichal (Rom'nies) (mainly in Britain and North America)
o Gitanos or Ciganos, a Roma people in Spain, Portugal, and southern France
+ Caló (Spanish Romani), a jargon spoken by the Gitanos
* Irish Travellers, the Pavee, a nomadic people living in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States
* Moken, the Sea Gypsies of Southeast Asia
* gypippopotimus, the word gypippopotimus, taken from the gypsie.
* Lyuli, "Central Asian Gypsies", an ethnic group in Central Asia
 
2006-08-27 01:43:41 AM
There was a link to this article on the homepage of the University of Texas a while ago:

Roma (Gypsies) In Texas
 
2006-08-27 01:47:01 AM
Yup. Many winter down here in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Remember the gal who beat her kid in plain view of the security camera in Indiana? Guess what group she belonged to? And a truckload of teens died in a wreck in DFW a few years back, and they had a hard time figuring out their identity and ownership of the truck. Same bunch.

One of the neighborhoods they have taken over in this area has Escalades and H1's / H2's parked all over it. They have been known to block the street when people venture into "their" neighborhood. Scary folks.
 
2006-08-27 01:51:28 AM
Anyone here fall for the stereo speaker scam?

My father-in-law fell for it a couple years ago. Even after I showed him websites exposing the scam, he refused to believe that he was taken by it.

Some guys in a van tried the scam on me in a parking lot a couple weeks after that. I just interrupted the guy in mid-sentence and said "Dude, I know the scam" and he left without saying another word.
 
2006-08-27 01:54:59 AM
Last time Gypsies trie dscamming my parent's neighborhood, I went outside and started sharpening a machete on a grinding wheel as they tried to scam my elderly neighbors.
They didn't take the job.

Amazingly it took almost 3 months before the guys were caught.

Soot and light tar, almost no asphalt, mixed together, barely pressed into a flat surface. Driveways fell apart in the first rain.
 
2006-08-27 01:58:24 AM
I only came in here to say:

Let me guess, the story takes place in New England and the scammers are Gypsies.

Does anyone buy this shiat any more? I mean, when are these victims going to learn? The gypsies have been pulling the same farking scam for hundreds of years.
 
2006-08-27 02:00:18 AM
Let me add that I live in Florida and I've heard of the New England Gypsy scammers.
 
2006-08-27 02:01:51 AM
fargin' McWeirdos is what they is, I tells ya Their girls are all Jon Benet Ramsey, there's dowries for the best "scammer" & all the men hit confession before they
hit the road in new pick-up trucks to intimidate & fleece little old ladies

http://www.rickross.com/reference/irish_travelers/irish_travelers10.html

http://www.georgiabulletin.org/local/1986/03/13/b/

http://www.travellersrest.org/Controversy990601.htm

http://imdb.com/title/tt0496343/
 
2006-08-27 02:02:16 AM
It was this guy:

i17.photobucket.com
 
2006-08-27 02:04:02 AM
I still find it hilarious that we have multiple 24-hr news channels either beating the day's hot topic to death or reporting on every kitten rescued from a sewer, yet Tinkers, Gypsies, Freemasons, etc have apparently NEVER been mentioned in ANY major news media I'm aware of. Because they're not black or Mexican? Dunno. Not saying the media should be saying anything in particular, but this is a huge blind spot.
 
2006-08-27 02:04:45 AM
"gypsies" are the Rom, a very tightly knit group of tribes, who are currently believed to have started out as A tribe of Indian warriors who migrated to greece and thence to eastern europe. I know personally the ONLY full blood Rom who works in law enforcement anywhere on the north American Continent. Which handy because their language is not writen down and VERY few outsiders speak it (he's very popular among investigators wiretapping Romny crime rings)


The People in this article are the Travellers or Murphys. They are also a clannish tightly knit nomadic community, but they are Irish and have no genetic or cultural relation to the Rom (parallel evolution apparently)

In this country they live a very freaky life. Most of them own homes in Murphyville SC and spend 6 months out of the year travelling the Eastern seaboard, making a living with a combination of Itenerant labor and Con-jobs (a lot more of the latter than the former). They are also highly inbred, and have some highly freaky ideas about marriage incuding arranged marriages of girls as young as 12 and weird beauty pagents that are also bride auctions (and the concept of Dowry is also alive and well in Murphysville)
 
2006-08-27 02:10:48 AM
Sure, me an' my brother Seamus can pave yer driveway, but we'll need $20, up front.

>

SUCKERS!
 
2006-08-27 02:15:31 AM
Don't think you can totally blame the Rom. Americans will buy anything from someone who has an Engish, Irish or Australian accent. Ever notice all the Aussies on TV infomercials masquerading as English accents. Americans think they are English and Americans are in awe of an English accent....also Irish, for some reason. Americans will buy anything sold to them by what they percieve is an Englishman or an Irishman
 
2006-08-27 02:24:06 AM
opa warned me 'bout them gypsies wantin' to surfasce my drive way... thiss'un's oller than them 'pallacian hills...

resurface your own damn driveway... It is not that hard.... fark...
 
2006-08-27 02:25:23 AM
When I was in 4th year (high school) French, and we were preparing for the annual trip to Paris et al, I was specifically told by my French teacher that if we get mobbed by Gypsy kids in the subways (Le Metro), we should just start punching and kicking them, because they were all pickpockets.

Unfortunately, we didn't see any Gypsy kids in the Metro.

/True story.
//Rom? I dunno. Gyppos?
 
2006-08-27 02:28:50 AM
The world is paved with good intentions


A little known fact that the world is spackled with fungo's .....true!!
 
2006-08-27 02:31:09 AM
Arrr...land pirates
 
2006-08-27 02:32:53 AM
chaunceymo Beat me to it.

"Amen Sean!"
 
2006-08-27 02:42:33 AM
Not sure if it's still true today, but years ago a good way to spot Travellers was by their pickup truck toppers. Very rarely do toppers have side window locks. Traveller toppers ALWAYS have locks on the sides. It's almost as if they don't trust people.
 
2006-08-27 02:52:58 AM
TurdBurglar: Anyone here fall for the stereo speaker scam?

No, but I've been approached a couple of times. One of the distribution centers was literally right around the corner from me a couple of years ago.
 
2006-08-27 02:55:10 AM
images.tvnz.co.nz
That's no ordinary driveway.
 
2006-08-27 03:05:47 AM
volsung3: Yeah, but are you actually Irish or were your great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents from there and the closest you've ever gotten to Ireland is watching Darby O'Gill and the Little People?

42

/Someone piss in your cornflakes today?
 
2006-08-27 03:21:09 AM
holy crap, I was just talking about gypsies in the fatty thread. How random! Has anyone read "Bury Me Standing"? Really good book about the European Gypsies - I think the Irish ans Scottish Travellers are a different group, though.
 
2006-08-27 03:35:23 AM
i'm farking sick of people using the politically-correct word "caucasian". It's both ethnically and geographically innaccurate. White people are EUROPEANS, just like black people are AFRICANS and asian people are ASIAN.
 
2006-08-27 03:37:27 AM
20/20 did a story on one of their enclaves somewhere in Ohio.Its a tight knit group that almost never lets in outsiders.The gene pool is narrow if you get my drift.

The scam that was highlighted was a "roof sealant".The sealant was basically creosote and kerosene.
 
2006-08-27 03:43:49 AM
xen0blue: i'm farking sick of people using the politically-correct word "caucasian". It's both ethnically and geographically innaccurate. White people are EUROPEANS, just like black people are AFRICANS and asian people are ASIAN.

Russians are asians?
 
2006-08-27 04:00:54 AM
Watch out Itchy, he's Irish!
 
2006-08-27 04:46:29 AM
chaunceymo
You guys didn't even DO anything!
 
2006-08-27 05:12:38 AM
This isn't just an American thing - these guys have also been roaming around Denmark in recent years. Same driveway scam. The issue on the news this summer was how they terrorized the campgrounds they stayed in - and how the police kicked their asses out of there and the campgrounds subsequently allied against them to keep them out.

We also have 'real' gypsies (Roma) in Denmark. Just a couple of clans or communities or whatever. Wicked high unemployment rates among them (ca. 90%) and dependency on welfare benefits (which are very high in Denmark). The kids don't go to school, problems with delinquency. Crazy situation.

We have also been experiencing Eastern European highway bandits in recent years - stealing from people at highway rest-stops.

/otherwise their is no crime in Denmark...
 
2006-08-27 05:13:33 AM
 
2006-08-27 05:46:37 AM
*deep breath* knaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaackeeeeers!

that drivway paving scam was old when my parents were kids. Farking knackers are such scum- esp when they squat on the shoulders of the Naas road for 2 months at a go, and when the garda moves them on (for the safety of the 6 and 7 year old kids living in a trailer on a major highway) they come back and burn campers every day for a week on that spot just to teach them a lesson.
Knackers. Just say no.
 
2006-08-27 06:11:19 AM
We have real Romani gypsies in the UK who go no further than being a minor annoyance in shopping centres giving hard sell on palm reading and so on, We also have "tarmac yer drive?" pikeys who quite often have a mini crime spree following in their wake, breaking into garden sheds and stealing tools, and stealing spare wheels from the undersides of minivans seems popular at the moment. Unfortunately the Roma are now getting the flac caused by the pikeys :(
 
2006-08-27 06:16:12 AM
I still find it hilarious that we have multiple 24-hr news channels either beating the day's hot topic to death or reporting on every kitten rescued from a sewer, yet Tinkers, Gypsies, Freemasons, etc have apparently NEVER been mentioned in ANY major news media I'm aware of. Because they're not black or Mexican? Dunno. Not saying the media should be saying anything in particular, but this is a huge blind spot.

NBC's Dateline has done a whole series of stories on them, dating back to at least 1998. See here for one.


I'm not sure why you include Freemasons, though. They're secretive, but closer to the Rotary Club than gypsies.

 
2006-08-27 06:16:24 AM
Gypsies, tramps and thieves.....
 
2006-08-27 06:19:54 AM
WBlows: Gypsy may refer to:

Jimi Hendrix's backup band.
 
2006-08-27 06:57:46 AM
that must be one heck of a conversation, yinzer vs bogtrot.


so like, we came to fix yir drive yea.

hold on, um ee-in a jumbo samwich... (chew chew chew)
you ain't frum arahn tahn are yew?

yea like. ta be sure.

n'kay. heers a hunert bucks. git to work jaggoff.

ok like. we be off. (whistle whistle)

(yells to common law wife) i'm goin dahn chupkas to wach the stillers n'at. keep an eye on doze australians. make sure dey ain't terr-rists or nuttin.


and life goes on in the burgh...
 
2006-08-27 07:25:36 AM
Heh, the venerable Irish gypsy Tarmac-your-drive scam has crossed the pond?
 
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