Be careful about opening your car window to someone
who claims he saw you drop money
Criminals are coming up with craftier, less threatening methods to attack their victims, so you must be extra cautious. Here is a story from a woman who warns about the potential danger in what may seem like a generous act of a stranger.
It was approximately 5:15 a.m. I had stayed with a friend over night and was on my way to work. I stopped at the Exxon station to get gas. I got $10 in gas and a Diet Coke. I took into the store two $5 bills and one $1 bill (just enough to get my items.)
As I pulled away from the store, a man approached my truck from the back side of the store (an unlit area). He was an "approachable-looking" man (clean cut, clean-shaven, dressed well, etc.). He walked up to my window and knocked. Since I'm very paranoid and "always looking over my shoulder," I didn't open the window . I just asked what he wanted. He raised a $5 bill to my window and said, "You dropped this." Since I knew I had gone into the store with a certain amount of money, I knew I didn't drop it. When I told him it wasn't mine, he began hitting the window and door, screaming at me to open my door and insisting that I had dropped the money! At that point, I just drove away as fast as I could.
Think about it...what gesture is nicer than returning money to someone who dropped it? How many times would you have opened your window (or door) to get your money and say thank you.... because if the person is kind enough to return something to you, then he can't really be a threat....can he?
Please be cautious! Anyone who gets that angry over someone not accepting money from them can't have honorable intentions. The most important thing to note is that his reaction was NOT WHAT I EXPECTED! A total surprise! But what might have happened if I had opened my door? I shudder to think!