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(Lancashire Evening Post)   Couple in their 80s have seen off THREE bogus workmen who have tried their luck   (lep.co.uk) divider line 56
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2013-02-09 11:28:51 AM  
Sounds like she's just an old bat.
 
GBB
2013-02-09 11:29:33 AM  
WTF language do these people speak??

"It doesn't bother me. I get mad rather than upset."
 
2013-02-09 11:30:05 AM  
As Bob Barker would say COME ON DOWN.
 
2013-02-09 11:30:43 AM  
City officials say their enormously high utility bill is due to a malfunctioning meter, but every time they send a repairman out, he is menaced by a crazy old lady swinging a shovel.
 
2013-02-09 11:30:55 AM  
Apparently one just has to speak in chav to thwart cons.
 
2013-02-09 11:31:07 AM  
Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?
 
2013-02-09 11:31:12 AM  

GBB: WTF language do these people speak??

"It doesn't bother me. I get mad rather than upset."


My guess is that they're using "mad" as the equivalent of "crazy" in 'Murrica speak.
 
2013-02-09 11:31:14 AM  
In the grand scheme of things, doddering old couples like this are few and far between. There are many more geezers who are happy to hand over their wallets and bank accounts just for the chance to have someone talk to them and be nice to them for a while.
 
2013-02-09 11:32:39 AM  
Every time some mantard tries to talk about scrapping Social Security and allowing people to manage their own retirement accounts, I mention how the elderly are a bazillion times more likely to be scammed out of their entire life's savings because they got hosed by one lucky con man.
 
2013-02-09 11:33:14 AM  
Twice is a coincidence, three times is a conspiracy. These attempts to enter the house have to be related somehow.
 
2013-02-09 11:33:17 AM  
"I didn't bite Hitler to death during a road show of the Sound of Music to fall prey to the likes of your pikey japes, young hooligan!"

/returns to watching Dad's Army, grainy kinescopes of the Queen's Coronation.
 
2013-02-09 11:33:42 AM  

GBB: WTF language do these people speak??

"It doesn't bother me. I get mad rather than upset."


In England it's known as 'English'.
 
2013-02-09 11:33:57 AM  
The retired cleaner said: "An Irish man called just as I was going to get myself a drink. He was scruffy and had terrible teeth...."

Wanted for questioning:

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2013-02-09 11:36:57 AM  
God help her if they do get a foot in the door and she kills one of them with her shovel.  They'll have her arrested for hooliganism.
 
2013-02-09 11:37:17 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: In the grand scheme of things, doddering old couples like this are few and far between. There are many more geezers who are happy to hand over their wallets and bank accounts just for the chance to have someone talk to them and be nice to them for a while.


So tragically true.
 
2013-02-09 11:37:49 AM  
That news is most excellent.
whysoblu.com
 
2013-02-09 11:39:59 AM  

Glancing Blow: AverageAmericanGuy: In the grand scheme of things, doddering old couples like this are few and far between. There are many more geezers who are happy to hand over their wallets and bank accounts just for the chance to have someone talk to them and be nice to them for a while.

So tragically true.


Well, for them.
 
2013-02-09 11:46:22 AM  
I always enjoy articles in LEP re: cons.
 
2013-02-09 11:47:16 AM  
FTA : "His accomplice, his son, was stood in the doorway talking to my husband. He said we had a cistern upstairs. I said: 'We don't have a cistern'!"

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2013-02-09 11:49:00 AM  
When a third bogus caller tried to outsmart them a few weeks later posing as an electricity worker, he too was sent away.

Dorothy says: "We had a Pakistani man turn up to talk to us about electricity and I said: "You know what you can do, you're not conning me with all your fancy numbers, and you can get gone.

"Everybody seems to call at our house, maybe they have been watching and think we are a couple of old dobblers and that they'll try and have a go.


O_o   I get that it was probably a conman pretending to be from the electric company so he can pickpocket some stuff while going through the house, but without any elaboration the article just made them out to be a couple racist old kooks.


/Chimney sweep, here to check the chimneys!
//we don't have any chimneys!
 
2013-02-09 12:08:54 PM  
How about 99% of telemarketers, in terms of scamming the elderly and the gullible out of thier money?

Sickening.
 
2013-02-09 12:19:30 PM  
Their lawn.  Gerroff it.
www.lep.co.uk
 
2013-02-09 12:20:06 PM  
Prayer cloths, magic oil, farting preacher?
 
2013-02-09 12:22:34 PM  
In America, they'd just shoot the crooks. Problem solved.
 
2013-02-09 12:23:50 PM  
What they neglect to mention is how many attempts there were total.
 
2013-02-09 12:24:35 PM  

addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?


There are a lot more con men out there going door to door than legit people. I got tired of it and called in one of those magazine sales guys to my village hall (where the police operate out of). The reason why I did that is that I looked up the company he represented and the interwebz screamed scam, so I figured I'd save the local retirement community from dealing with him.

It's bad enough around here that the same village hall got an article written in the paper about it; they require permits for any solicitors or 'peddlers', and an elderly lady down the street almost got hosed by some roof repair guy so they made a big fuss about it.  He was apparently semi-legit when the Tribune caught up to him, but unknown and suspicious. Plus he basically went up to her and told her her roof was in bad shape and needed fixing.

Our street gets hit a lot with this stuff because it's a main thoroughfare into town, basically straight, and has nice sidewalks and lots of elderly residents.
 
2013-02-09 12:41:53 PM  
Thanks! That explains it better than the article writer could. We get that here now and then but not so steadily.
 
2013-02-09 12:44:28 PM  

Summoner101: Sounds like she's just an old bat.


Agreed.  I would hate to "Trick or Treat" at their house.  "Exploding apples will show ya' whippersnappers"!
 
2013-02-09 12:47:03 PM  

addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?


THIS.

"We can't get those old people to listen to us! They're in legitimate danger but they're so paranoid and delusional that we're just having to give up on them."
 
2013-02-09 12:55:14 PM  
Sounds like 66% of them were pikeys....
 
2013-02-09 01:11:48 PM  

addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?

 
It's certainly not because the water department regularly shows up at someone's house and says if they don't shut off the water valve the roof will be blown off.

Because that would be dumb.
 
2013-02-09 01:14:51 PM  

addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?


You have a leaky water valve that will blow your roof off unless you let me in to rescue you.
 
2013-02-09 01:18:37 PM  

Rich Cream: addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?

It's certainly not because the water department regularly shows up at someone's house and says if they don't shut off the water valve the roof will be blown off.

Because that would be dumb.


That's one time. You wouldn't wonder about 3 times? Oh right, the internet said it was true.
 
2013-02-09 01:21:41 PM  

dmax: addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?

THIS.

"We can't get those old people to listen to us! They're in legitimate danger but they're so paranoid and delusional that we're just having to give up on them."


I bet you are both waiting for checks from a Nigerian prince.
 
2013-02-09 01:29:20 PM  

big pig peaches: dmax: addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?

THIS.

"We can't get those old people to listen to us! They're in legitimate danger but they're so paranoid and delusional that we're just having to give up on them."

I bet you are both waiting for checks from a Nigerian prince.


How much did I win? From you losing your idiotic bet, I mean.
 
2013-02-09 01:29:43 PM  

big pig peaches: dmax: addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?

THIS.

"We can't get those old people to listen to us! They're in legitimate danger but they're so paranoid and delusional that we're just having to give up on them."

I bet you are both waiting for checks from a Nigerian prince.


Well for that comment I'm not sharing my take with you.
 
2013-02-09 01:40:12 PM  
Utility companies don't own anything on your side of the meter and aren't allowed to touch it without YOU calling them.

Most times they won't touch it anyway.
 
2013-02-09 01:46:19 PM  

Rich Cream: It's certainly not because the water department regularly shows up at someone's house and says if they don't shut off the water valve the roof will be blown off.


Jamie and Adam say: Plausible.
 
2013-02-09 01:51:13 PM  

addy2: Rich Cream: addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?

It's certainly not because the water department regularly shows up at someone's house and says if they don't shut off the water valve the roof will be blown off.

Because that would be dumb.

That's one time. You wouldn't wonder about 3 times? Oh right, the internet said it was true.



You're right it's normal for tradespeople to wander the street "noticing" structural issues and then proceed to have one person act as a distraction while the other tries to gain entry to the upper story. The Pakistani dude is feasible.

/hey, the second she said Irish man (you know there was no space there when she said it), I knew there was some, shall we say, bias?
 
2013-02-09 01:52:13 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Every time some mantard tries to talk about scrapping Social Security and allowing people to manage their own retirement accounts, I mention how the elderly are a bazillion times more likely to be scammed out of their entire life's savings because they got hosed by one lucky con man.


So it's obvious you've never read any of the proposed plans to "privatize" Social Security which would be run like a TIAA-CREF account.
 
2013-02-09 01:54:59 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Rich Cream: It's certainly not because the water department regularly shows up at someone's house and says if they don't shut off the water valve the roof will be blown off.

Jamie and Adam say: Plausible.


That is a steam explosion. They disabled the safety valve. Steam is very explosive. Nothing to do with water pressure from the supply line at all.
 
2013-02-09 02:15:51 PM  
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2013-02-09 02:32:53 PM  

Rich Cream: addy2: Hilarious. Why do I suspect those "callers" were legit and she's just a racist nut being patronized by her local journalist?
 
It's certainly not because the water department regularly shows up at someone's house and says if they don't shut off the water valve the roof will be blown off.

Because that would be dumb.


The Pakistani meter guy?

/I'd imagine the first two weren't, but by the first...well, I was definitely saying, "Hmm, Grandma, you sure about this?"
//Good on them for chasing off the water guy, though.
 
2013-02-09 02:37:03 PM  

PsiChick: The Pakistani meter guy?


Nah, the other guy. Roof-off guy.
 
2013-02-09 02:37:05 PM  
"You know what you can do, you're not conning me with all your fancy numbers, and you can get gone."

this is exactly how my calculus career ended.
 
2013-02-09 02:49:32 PM  
Quite a lot of it going on really, as loony as it sounds it's practically... well no practically it IS a cottage industry in areas mostly populated by older folks.  They figure out of the places they try, they'll get a few fruitcakes that'll pay anything asked for nothing done and voila it's profit!

If I hadn't seen the shiate the "repairmen" pull I'd question her sanity as well, but no seriously, sounds like a normal day in some places.  Some of these eldery people need to hire a guy with a shovel just to keep the grifters trimmed down.
 
2013-02-09 02:52:09 PM  

Rich Cream: PsiChick: The Pakistani meter guy?

Nah, the other guy. Roof-off guy.


...Yes. That's my point. The first guys...who knows, the second guy definitely was full of it, but the third was probably not, because some places still do check meters manually. I'd imagine he's probably not actually from Pakistan, either, 'Paki' is an old slang term for anyone from India\Pakistan\that general area (I don't know most of the country names).

Admittedly, it's hard to say for sure, but yeah, I'd lay odds on these two being a bit  too vigilant.

/Nothing wrong with that--Gods know I'm overvigilant at times--but still, it's mildly amusing.
 
2013-02-09 02:59:16 PM  

PsiChick: Rich Cream: PsiChick: The Pakistani meter guy?

Nah, the other guy. Roof-off guy.

...Yes. That's my point. The first guys...who knows, the second guy definitely was full of it, but the third was probably not, because some places still do check meters manually. I'd imagine he's probably not actually from Pakistan, either, 'Paki' is an old slang term for anyone from India\Pakistan\that general area (I don't know most of the country names).

Admittedly, it's hard to say for sure, but yeah, I'd lay odds on these two being a bit  too vigilant.

/Nothing wrong with that--Gods know I'm overvigilant at times--but still, it's mildly amusing.



All he had to do was show some ID but well, you know. It must be those doddering old people who are confused.

/youthist
 
2013-02-09 04:03:05 PM  

Rich Cream: PsiChick: Rich Cream: PsiChick: The Pakistani meter guy?

Nah, the other guy. Roof-off guy.

...Yes. That's my point. The first guys...who knows, the second guy definitely was full of it, but the third was probably not, because some places still do check meters manually. I'd imagine he's probably not actually from Pakistan, either, 'Paki' is an old slang term for anyone from India\Pakistan\that general area (I don't know most of the country names).

Admittedly, it's hard to say for sure, but yeah, I'd lay odds on these two being a bit  too vigilant.

/Nothing wrong with that--Gods know I'm overvigilant at times--but still, it's mildly amusing.


All he had to do was show some ID but well, you know. It must be those doddering old people who are confused.

/youthist


But did they ask for it? Or did they come out swinging granny Clampett style?
 
2013-02-09 04:29:49 PM  

Phoenix_M: TV's Vinnie: Every time some mantard tries to talk about scrapping Social Security and allowing people to manage their own retirement accounts, I mention how the elderly are a bazillion times more likely to be scammed out of their entire life's savings because they got hosed by one lucky con man.

So it's obvious you've never read any of the proposed plans to "privatize" Social Security which would be run like a TIAA-CREF account.


Proposed by right wing jackwagons like Paul Ryan you mean. No way in Hell will those plans ever make it out of the Randian hugbox they set up for themselves.
 
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