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    Vigilance Is Our Salvation

    | Tampa, FL, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Holidays, Theme Of The Month

    (I’m going early in the morning to my usual grocery store. Despite the fact that Halloween hasn’t passed yet, there are two Salvation Army people in the parking lot.)

    Salvation Army Lady: “Spare some change?”

    Me: “Sorry, I don’t have any.”

    Salvation Army Man: “Sweetie, you’re going into a STORE.”

    Me: “…With a credit card. Bye, maybe I’ll have some next time!”

    (I go about my shopping and get what I need. I’m talking to the cashier and a nice bagger who has Down Syndrome.)

    Cashier: “Will that be all?”

    Me: “Yeah, I’m good. Wow, the Christmas donation-takers get earlier every year.”

    Bagger: “…What do you mean?”

    Me: “The Salvation Army guys in the parking lot.”

    (The bagger and cashier both frown.)

    Bagger: “[Manager]! It’s… it’s urgent! She said!” *points at me*

    Cashier: *to me* “Stay put. We don’t have the Salvation Army come around until after the first weekend of November!”

    (The two in the parking lot ended up being scammers. A couple of employees and customers managed to get to them and stop them from leaving before the police showed up. I got a ten dollar off card for reporting it!)