On Sunday night after the convention I was lucky enough to be able to participate in a live Vicious Circle session with Alan, Newbius, Wai, Weer'd, Jay, and Breda. One of the more serious topics discussed centered around general human social responses and how they relate to predatory acts like panhandling, door-to-door solicitation etc.
I mentioned that I tend to be a magnet for every single hobo or drunk looking for a handout. Breda said it's my "kind eyes" and to an extent I think that's true. I'm just not a scary looking guy.
On my trip back that night it happened again. Some lady at a rest stop in Virginia tried to sell me a sob story that was obviously bullshit. It had far too many parts to be believable. Her daughter was sick, alternator in her car was dead etc. etc. Naturally she needed money. As soon as she realized she'd be getting nothing from me she got in her car, started it up and went to the other side of the rest area to try her ploy on the next sucker.