He did the same thing with me about three weeks ago, just near Jewson's on Wightman Road. I gave him a fiver towards his train fare back to Berkhamsted. More fool me...
Berkhamsted: SNAP !!
He tells it well, I have to acknowledge. I encountered him without the 'head injury' make-up, though.
He's been working this angle for a while then - I lived in CE until about 3 1/2 years ago, and he tried it on me and my boyfriend one evening , I think 2012, (psychiatrist, just been mugged, dazed and confused) and we gave him £10 for a taxi home. About three nights later we were getting off the bus and he tried it again...
This guy got me last night. I was parking the car outside our house off Alexandra Park Road when he shambled up to me saying "i'm so sorry to bother you, but I've lost my bag after two boys jumped me as I was walking down to Bounds Green tube station and now I haven't got any money to get home and need £16." he had a wound on his head which in retrospect was not a fresh wound and wasn't bleeding at all, but looked more like a scab that had been picked. He said he wanted to go to UCH to get checked. He offered to leave his phone "as a deposit" and he would be back tomorrow to work at Norfolk House School. I gave him £20 and immediately thought I was being done.
He was wearing a shirt and tie, but frankly it looked like he was wearing an outfit from a second hand shop. he was a white man, aged 55-65, clean shaven, dark hair with a granulated wound on the top of his head. His teeth were not brilliant. He spoke with a quite proper and almost plummy English accent, but something about him gave me the impression he was Irish - he looked a little like a more dishevelled, dark haired Richard Harris.
As soon as I gave him the money I said to my son "that was a scam" and after searching online it seems my fears have been confirmed on this forum.
Did you, of all people, think he resembled Richard Harris?
Also he must have been furious that you bought him a ticket to Berkhamstead. Hilarious. Did you actually see him get on the train? Imagine him in Berkhamstead? Those Tories would rip him apart with hounds.