Woman Trusts Homeless Man With Her Platinum AMEX

Submitted by: jhendrix 7 years ago in
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/reunion_with_amex_angel_dFCLsWzzXEj2mwhFn6g2IJ

There is hope for humanity after all.
There are 38 comments:
Male 237
you call it trusting, i call it stupid
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Male 226
That`s nice and all, but as an _executive_ you`d think she could have given him a job. That would help him infinitely more than a shopping spree.
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Male 8
He said he was hungry and low on cash on Monday when he saw Harris standing with friends outside the restaurant.

Valentine said he bought deodorant, body wash, a pack of Nat Sherman cigarettes and Vitaminwater. It all cost about $25, he said.

i dont get it?
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Male 6,693
I just give them smokes.
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Male 198
Same4Walls: most places I`ve been to in the last few years have you slide the card yourself, then sign the slip of paper (or us stylus on a screen). For small purchases, generally under $100, no one`s ever asked to even see the card itself.

As long as he wasn`t looking too scruffy, the cashier probably didn`t even think twice. It`s also entirely possible that it was a company card, as well - might not even have had a person`s name on it, just the business`s.
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Male 601
Omg, you can trust a homeless person as if he were...a person.

Who knew?
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Male 326
Homeless man smokes Nat Shermans. Those are like 10 bucks a pack where I live. in New York those smokes must have been 15 of the 25 dollars he spent
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Female 1,593
Awww! <3
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Female 876
awwww this made my eyes watery *sobs*
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Male 648
I love vitamin water, thats beside the point.

I didnt read the article but if what you guys are saying is the jist of it, why didnt she just go buy him some vitamin water instead of giving her CC? Better yet, go buy him that party size box of Chicken Nuggets from McDonalds.
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Female 351
What I`m more concerned about is that where ever he bought all this stuff from...they didn`t ask to check his card or for an id or anything. I realize that it`s a small dollar amount and most places don`t ask to see the card or an id...but if someone was to steal your card they can use it at many places for smaller dollar amounts and quickly max out your card then you`re s.o.l. ...unless there`s something i don`t know about.
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Female 386
For drats sake, for a few dollars he can buy food, when it comes to body wash and deodorant it gets pretty pricey, so if I had the choice to use the money from pan handling I would use it to buy food and charge the expensive necessities on the card too. It makes sense what he did. Cigarettes? Well, a guy needs to relax I guess lol.
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Male 886
"Hi, I need to report my platinum card stolen and refute the bills charged on it."

"Well, it happened after I gave it to a homeless guy to buy some vitamin water."



The next sound she would hear would be one cs rep laughing his ass off and telling everyone else.
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Male 886
Vitamin water is crap.


Regardless though...as a member of the formerly homeless I can tell you, with certainty, that what she did is beyond stupid.

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Male 340
I-IS-BORED:
"...he picked vitamin water over all those sugary drinks..."
XD you`ve never read the label for that crap are you? there`s a law suit going on because of how they try to convince you it`s healthy when it`s actually terrible for you.
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Male 2,419
@Cherrica
Regular tap water is free at any restaurant (at least it is in Canada, probably the same in the US), and if he went to a fast food place like subway where you pick your drink from a fridge, he picked vitamin water over all those sugary drinks, don`t bitch about him setting a good example.
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Male 25,416
wow
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Male 669
vitaminwater isnt that expensive guys, and im sure he doesnt get much vitamins anyways.
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Female 20
no one would take the card without ID so it didnt` do him any good.

Actually I think it depends on where you are or the company rules cuz I know where I live they dont ask for ID unless you spend a certain amount of money. Usually between $25-50 dollars. But I don`t live where this story took place so maybe they do ask for ID for any amount.
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Female 1
VITAMIN WATER? Apparently Manhattan bums are to sophisticated for regular water.


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Male 39,902
no one would take the card without ID so it didnt` do him any good.

If he did abuse it, she could claim it was stolen at no loss to her.

I`m feeling very cynical tonight after 3 mimosa`s and 1 pitcure of bud.
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Female 525
"I want to know who was the moron who processed the Credit Card? Did the name of the person match when he did his purchase. I don`t think so. "

Most places are not required to card if the order is under a certain amount. In fact, I`m not even allowed to card for use of a credit card due to legal reasons.
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Male 181
FWIW, cigarettes in New York State are expensive. A pack of Camels in western NY goes for $11, I can only imagine what prices are like down in Manhattan.
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Male 2,402
I want to know who was the moron who processed the Credit Card? Did the name of the person match when he did his purchase. I don`t think so.
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Male 1,184
Well, he didn`t necessarily state everything that he bought. He may have eaten the food already, and so didn`t feel the need to state that he bought something he no longer had.
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Male 10,855
Wow. I am not that generous.
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Male 819
I don`t see it as an Awww story... I see this as a wtf story... I second the motion of asking why he chose to buy only non-essential items... Also how does a soap, deoderant, cigs and vit water add up to 25$? That is money horribly spent...
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Female 843
That`s a great story, but honestly, I would never hand over my credit card like that. I can`t even trust myself with those stupid things.
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Female 166
I can`t truthfully say that I`d have been as nice =/
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Male 12,365
[quote]He asks for change cuz he`s HUNGRY. He gets a card and buys smokes (the expensive as hell ones), some smell-good, and a bottle of flavored f-cking WATER. Must have been starving.[/quote]

This. He may have returned the card, but he isn`t honest.

I`d say that the deoderant and shower gel are reasonable. But cigarettes, expensive water *and no food*?
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Male 1,455
"onefallswoop - he asked for CHANGE - according to this report, he didn`t say what he was going to use it for. when i give money to homeless, i NEVER ask what they are going to you it for. "

He explained in the article that he was hungry. His purchases don`t look like the purchases of a hungry man to me.
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Male 1,455
"He asks for change cuz he`s HUNGRY. He gets a card and buys smokes (the expensive as hell ones), some smell-good, and a bottle of flavored f-cking WATER. Must have been starving."

Plus one to that. Priorities...
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Female 71
onefallswoop - he asked for CHANGE - according to this report, he didn`t say what he was going to use it for. when i give money to homeless, i NEVER ask what they are going to you it for.
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Male 4,680
Get this man an apartment with a fridge full of food STAT.
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Male 4,004
Well, at least now credit card companies know she should be considered high risk.
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Male 315
Why wouldn`t she trust him? One call to AMEX and all unwanted charges can be reversed. Besides, she`s probably filthy rich so even a couple of thousand dollars probably mean nothing to her.
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Male 39
He asks for change cuz he`s HUNGRY. He gets a card and buys smokes (the expensive as hell ones), some smell-good, and a bottle of flavored f-cking WATER. Must have been starving.
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Male 89
Link: Woman Trusts Homeless Man With Her Platinum AMEX [Rate Link] - There is hope for humanity after all.
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