Go with your gut.
Sorry this happened to you.
He is a chancer. Tries it around CE a lot. Just had a regular customer come into HLS with him actually.
He was selling them a different story and they weren't sure what to do so bought him in to see if we could help. One of our staff knew him as he'd tried the same thing on his friends a while back. Offered to call him an ambulance as he definitely needs medical attention this time. Wasn't interested though and headed off towards the Arena.
Encountered someone matching this quickness of mind in Crouch End (thanks for the trigger Paul Harding) a few years ago. Very good at picking up on coincidences of fact (he needed to get to the place my brother happened to live in). Also good at keeping up the patter rate, not giving you time to think 'hang on a bit'.
A useful educational experience.....
There's a different man that I see quite frequently begging in a very intimidating way, either on Wightman or on Green Lanes between Turnpike Lane and Shopping City.
Black, tallish, well-built, about 40 years old, quite well-dressed, asking for money for food. His tone of voice and his body language are scary. His pitch is " Give me money " rather than " Excuse me, I wonder if you could help..." I think he lives at the North end of Wightman.
I suppose the best thing is to ignore him and keep walking but I'm going to have a word with PC Glyn.
I haven't seen him for a while. He used to hang around outside the Tesco on GL, on the bench. I offered to buy him a sandwich once and he quite aggressively told me that wasn't good enough. He did live on Wightman, in the stretch with the sandwich shop on it. We happened to walk past last summer when they were having some kind of ruckus in the house and had called the police.
I haven't seen the guy who looks like Tyres out of Spaced recently either - he wasn't so aggressive but seemed quite intense.
Yes, saw him again at Turnpike Lane tube last night, he is obviously working this patch now. Watch out Harringay people!
The aggressive man or the " mugged " man ?