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The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by ontario claret » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:43 pm

Being approached by money changers at the central Budapest railway station. I thought for sure that I was going to die.

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by tim_noone » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:20 am

Don't tell half a story....

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by cricketfieldclarets » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:33 am

ontario claret wrote:Being approached by money changers at the central Budapest railway station. I thought for sure that I was going to die.
Keleti? Got some tales about that place.
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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by GordonvaleClaret » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:24 am

ontario claret wrote:Being approached by money changers at the central Budapest railway station. I thought for sure that I was going to die.
Wait 'til you sample my wife's cooking.

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by italianclaret88 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:14 pm

cricketfieldclarets wrote:Keleti? Got some tales about that place.
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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by Wile E Coyote » Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:10 pm

got to be more detail....I got asked yesterday for two 50 p's for a quid, and it didn't scare me at all
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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by thatdberight » Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:23 pm

Rolled in and out of Keleti a few times, middle of the night included, not at all intimidating. Are you sure?

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by ontario claret » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:42 am

The rest of the story is that I was looking to exchange money, but it was early in the morning, and the banks weren't open yet. These guys saw me back off from the door of the branch, and were on me like white on rice in a nanosecond. They were obviously Roma, or some other minority. Their smiles only gave me chills. I might have gotten the deal of my life, but I was sure that there were only possibilities of bad things happening to me. My "spidey senses" are usually right. Hungary is a funny place. One of the great crossroads of the world, and the Hungarians are tremendous people, but there's definitely a dark underside.

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by Wile E Coyote » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:41 pm

There is everywhere unfortunately, beautiful cities and countries with some wonderful people, but ruined by thieves, pickpockets, scammers.
They are ****, filthy despicable rats. These types are of the same strain that cheat old people of their savings over here, tarmac bast***, driveway liars, as well as all the online cheats. I hate them, and would happily see them dead.

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by Pstotto » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:42 pm

They saw you coming...

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by thatdberight » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:41 pm

ontario claret wrote:The rest of the story is that I was looking to exchange money, but it was early in the morning, and the banks weren't open yet. These guys saw me back off from the door of the branch, and were on me like white on rice in a nanosecond. They were obviously Roma, or some other minority. Their smiles only gave me chills. I might have gotten the deal of my life, but I was sure that there were only possibilities of bad things happening to me. My "spidey senses" are usually right. Hungary is a funny place. One of the great crossroads of the world, and the Hungarians are tremendous people, but there's definitely a dark underside.
I recognise the situation but, to be honest, you can't have got yourself in many scrapes if that's the scariest (which is good). Yes, they were undoubtedly scammers. Yes, you'd have come off worst - most likely lost some cash, or worse your wallet. Yes (sad to say, because very few of us enjoy feeling this way) that stereotype about Roma exists for a reason - of course they're not all bad people any more than all Chinese are good people but the stereotype comes to be for a reason. I hope your travels throw up nothing more perilous than that experience.

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by tim_noone » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:56 pm

ontario claret wrote:The rest of the story is that I was looking to exchange money, but it was early in the morning, and the banks weren't open yet. These guys saw me back off from the door of the branch, and were on me like white on rice in a nanosecond. They were obviously Roma, or some other minority. Their smiles only gave me chills. I might have gotten the deal of my life, but I was sure that there were only possibilities of bad things happening to me. My "spidey senses" are usually right. Hungary is a funny place. One of the great crossroads of the world, and the Hungarians are tremendous people, but there's definitely a dark underside.
All you had to mention was "Gabor Kiraly" and you were in safe hands.think on next time :D

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by thatdberight » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:25 am

tim_noone wrote:All you had to mention was "Gabor Kiraly" and you were in safe hands.think on next time :D
Kiraly Gabor if you want to blend in.

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by tim_noone » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:33 am

thatdberight wrote:Kiraly Gabor if you want to blend in.
I'd suggest baggy grey track suit bottoms would nail it TBH.

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Re: The Scariest Moment in My Life

Post by Buxtonclaret » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:48 am

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