Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Ports of Call > Caribbean > San Juan, PR
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #41  
Old March 19th, 2010, 02:18 PM
CruiserWKB CruiserWKB is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Central Valley California
Posts: 107
Default

This guy hit us up twice on the same day. First time I told him I had no money, to check with the police. The secound time I answered him in a little bit of German I still remembered from my days there. He just turned and walked away.
Reply With Quote

  #42  
Old March 19th, 2010, 02:37 PM
UKBayern UKBayern is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bavarian Forest, Germany near the Czech border
Posts: 1,841
Default

Same sob story you get everywhere. We have seen a few of those all over the world. Most are druggies, homeless, you name it. DH just askes if I think they are a franchise

If somebody needs help, he needs to go to the police, embassy (not in this case of course), social services, and we will tell them so. Anybody who really needs help would ask locals, because they know their way around, no tourists.
__________________
2003- RCCL Explorer of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
2004-HAL Volendam Eastern Caribbean
2009-RCCL Splendour of the Seas Venice-Lisbon
2010-Star Princess Eastern Mediterranean
2012-Costa Magica Eastern Mediterranean

Extensive DIY land travel in Europe, Turkey, Central America and South-East Asia. We lived in Amsterdam for 15 years.
For river cruisers: we live 60 miles from both Passau and Regensburg.
Reply With Quote

  #43  
Old March 19th, 2010, 08:33 PM
Bargeo Bargeo is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 630
Default

Thanks for the warning. I'm such a softie, I probably would have given money to him. I'll know better now......
__________________
BARGEO
____________________________
Reply With Quote

  #44  
Old March 20th, 2010, 02:36 PM
talosian's Avatar
talosian talosian is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mexico, Lake Chapala area
Posts: 344
Talking

I feel sorry for the guy's father; seems he gets mugged daily.
__________________
Grand Princess- 10/30/14, Rhapsody OTS- 07/04/14 & 07/11/14, Explorer OTS- 06/19/14 & 04/10/14 & 04/05/14, Liberty OTS- 10/27/13, Radiance OTS- 09/05/13 & 06-14-13 thru 07-26-13 (6 wks), Celebrity Silhouette- 03/17/13, Caribbean Princess- 03/09/13, Explorer OTS- 11/15/12 & 11/24/12 & 09/30/12 & 08/30/12, Rhapsody OTS- 08/10/12, Radiance OTS- 05/04-12, Sapphire Princess- 03-24-12, Enchantment OTS- 02/27/12 & 12/05/11, Golden Princess- 11/08/11, Mariner OTS-10/03/11, Rhapsody OTS- 07/15/11, Sea Princess- 06/09/11, Coral Princess- 04/04/11, Sapphire Princess- 02/19/11, Mariner OTS- 01/09/11 & 01/02/11, Explorer OTS- 11/28/10, Oasis OTS- 08/21/10, Navigator OTS- 06/07/10, Liberty OTS - 05/09/10 & 05/02/10, Carnival Splendor- 02/28/2010, Mariner OTS- 02/14/2010, Radiance OTS- 12/11/2009, Grand Princess- 09/19/2009, Mariner OTS- 06/28/2009, Diamond Princess- 05/30/2009, Ruby Princess- 02/14/2009, Sapphire Princess- 12/06/2008, Golden Princess- 02/09/2008
Reply With Quote

  #45  
Old March 20th, 2010, 03:48 PM
MrsPete MrsPete is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 5,235
Default

BE CAREFUL of people like this! Two years ago we were in New Orleans -- it wasn't dark, and we were on Constitution (?) Avenue, which is crowded but is a safe, touristy street -- and a fellow like this ATTACKED my husband. He'd asked for money twice, and suddenly he ran ahead of us AGAIN and sucker-punched my husband in the face.

The long and short of it was that my husband ended up with a horrible black eye (swollen shut the next day), some cuts on his face, and blood all over his shirt . . . but the other guy was worse. My husband got in a couple good punches and then bulldozed him into a fire hydrant; he says the fellow must have "CITY OF NEW ORLEANS" tattooed backwards on his back.

We did learn that people give you a wiiiiiiide berth when you're walking down the street covered in blood. Our youngest daughter was really scared by the whole thing.
Reply With Quote

  #46  
Old March 22nd, 2010, 11:30 AM
gmm1tb's Avatar
gmm1tb gmm1tb is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Southgate, MI
Posts: 84
Default

Thanks for the heads-up. Funny thing is that I get these bozos trying this in the parking lot of the grocery store I use here in the US. It's usually things like they need bus fare, gas money, a part for their car, etc...
__________________
05/2015 - Oasis of the Seas - Western Caribbean
05/2014 - Radiance of the Seas - Alaska
04/2013 - Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean A
04/2012 - Norwegian Star - Western Caribbean
10/2011 - Liberty of the Seas - Western Med.
09/2010 - Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas
04/2010 - Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean B
05/2009 - Serenade of the Seas - Alaska
09/1980 - 06/1982 - USS Preble (DDG 46) - Home Port Norfolk, VA
11/1978 - 09/1980 - USS Preble (DDG 46) - Home Port Pearl Harbor, HI
Reply With Quote

  #47  
Old March 22nd, 2010, 08:06 PM
GrandLidoRepeater GrandLidoRepeater is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 170
Default

Maybe they need a good A@@ woopin to make their injuries look more official.....
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #48  
Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:50 AM
MrsPete MrsPete is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 5,235
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gmm1tb View Post
Thanks for the heads-up. Funny thing is that I get these bozos trying this in the parking lot of the grocery store I use here in the US. It's usually things like they need bus fare, gas money, a part for their car, etc...
Yeah, we get asked for food money when we're downtown. A couple times we've offered to go get the person a fast-food combo meal, and they usually decline, which throws doubt on their real situation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by GrandLidoRepeater View Post
Maybe they need a good A@@ woopin to make their injuries look more official.....
Yeah, refer to the above post about my husband and the fellow in New Orleans. I promise you that fellow didn't sleep comfortably that night. I can't imagine WHY he thought he'd hit a tourist for not giving him money. I really suspect he was mentally ill.
Reply With Quote

  #49  
Old August 15th, 2010, 08:58 PM
MJN's Avatar
MJN MJN is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Crawfordville, Florida USA
Posts: 773
Cool We will be there next week so glad to see this

Hi, I actually found this link on a visit San Juan website. I am glad I checked it out because we will be there in just a week and then the following week as well, before and after our cruise. We tend to ignore people like that unless we can see there truly is a situation that needs assitance. We tend to be compassionate people but so often these folks on the corners are really just making money off folks and not really in need. Will steer clear of someone who meets these descriptions and appreciate the tip off.
__________________





MJN
Nordic Empress
Sovereign of the Seas twice
Majesty of the seas
Voyager of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
Legend of the Seas (Panama Canal)
Mariner of the Seas (Eastern Caribbean)
Freedom of the Seas (Eastern Caribbean)
Serenade of the Seas (Southern Caribbean)
Radiance of the seas (Alaska)
Reply With Quote

  #50  
Old August 16th, 2010, 12:06 PM
carraizo99 carraizo99 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Puerto Rico
Posts: 60
Default scams

Also be on the lookout for people that want to sell you a time share for a great price. These come from the states in groups to take advantage of the tourists that visit us. The guy asking if you speak english,is a drug addict well known in the area. By the way there are many Costcos on the island, none in SJ. Closest one is in Carolina,about a 20 min. ride in car. You can many things in CVS in front of pier 1 carraizo99@yahoo.com
Reply With Quote

  #51  
Old August 17th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Teeara's Avatar
Teeara Teeara is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Taunton, MA, USA (formerly from San Leandro, CA)
Posts: 3,529
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by carraizo99 View Post
Also be on the lookout for people that want to sell you a time share for a great price. These come from the states in groups to take advantage of the tourists that visit us. The guy asking if you speak english,is a drug addict well known in the area. By the way there are many Costcos on the island, none in SJ. Closest one is in Carolina,about a 20 min. ride in car. You can many things in CVS in front of pier 1 carraizo99@yahoo.com
Thanks for the heads up!
__________________
Theresa


Upcoming Cruises

April 19, 2015 - Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean


April 26, 2015 - Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean


April 24, 2016 - Freedom of the Seas - Western Caribbean


Completed Cruises
Jewel of the Seas 10/8/11
Adventure of the Seas 4/10/11
Diamond Princess 5/10/08
Star Princess 9/2/06
Explorer of the Seas 4/23/06
Monarch of the Seas 1/28/05
Mariner of the Seas 9/19/04
Carnival Pride 9/28/03


Reply With Quote

  #52  
Old September 7th, 2010, 10:18 PM
julpet01 julpet01 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 124
Default Same scammer

I can't believe this guy is still scamming !!! This sounds like the same scammer (with about the same story from what I recall) that approach me & DH in Oct 2007 in Old San Juan. We will be there for our Serenade of the Seas cruise in Oct. How can he still be doing this?
__________________
October 24, 2010 Serenade of the Seas RCI San Juan
October 17, 2009 Iberostar Paraiso Maya Riviera Maya
October 18, 2008 Carnival Glory Port Canaveral
October 14, 2007 Adventure of the Seas RCI San Juan
October 14, 2006 Caribbean Princess Ft Lauderdale
October 23, 2005 Carnival Conquest Galveston
October 31, 2004 Carnival Conquest New Orleans


Reply With Quote

  #53  
Old October 12th, 2010, 02:25 PM
Cool Breeze Cruiser's Avatar
Cool Breeze Cruiser Cool Breeze Cruiser is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Middle Tennesee
Posts: 1,506
Default

My DH & I were in San Juan last week & got to meet the 'infamous John Ripka'!
He approached us close to the cruise terminal & asked if we spoke English. My DH said yes & he said "Thank God! My name is John Ripka &", I quickly said no & pulled my DH away.
Now I wish we had listened to his spiel but I was so surprised when he approached us & that he would be so ignorant as to continue to use his own name when it is posted all over the internet that I reacted to quickly.
We looked for him when we returned from our cruise but didn't see him.
__________________
Carnival Celebration 10/21/1995
RCCL Sovereign Of The Seas 10/19/1996
Carnival Ecstasy 10/04/1999
Carnival Conquest 12/28/2003
Carnival Fantasy 1/07/2008
Carnival Fascination 11/15/2008
Carnival Spirit 10/18/2009
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1082286&highlight - My Spirit Review
Carnival Victory 10/3/2010
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1292008 - My Victory Review
Carnival Elation 1/15/11 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1343048 - My Elation Review
Carnival Miracle 10/17/2011
Carnival Fascination 2/18/2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1580496&highlight=fascination - My Fascination Review

Carnival Fascination 9/20/2012
Carnival Miracle 10/5/2012
RCCL Adventure of the Seas 1/13/2013
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1775109 My Adventure of the Seas review
Carnival Miracle to Alaska 8/27/2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1913329 My Alaskan Review
Carnival Freedom 2/8/2014

Carnival Miracle to Hawaii 9/18/2014
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2113684
Carnival Triumph February 20, 2015
Reply With Quote

  #54  
Old November 2nd, 2010, 02:28 PM
wavyls wavyls is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Missouri
Posts: 2
Default Scam artist still working in OSJ

Oh my, the blonde guy is still at it!! We were in OSJ on Sat. night (Oct. 30, 2010) waiting for the trolley when this scam artist approached us with the same line, "Do you speak English?". I had read about him on this blog and quickly replied, "We've already heard about you!" and he suddenly walked off as quickly as he appeared. My husband was shocked that I was so rude to a total stranger. I explained I had read all about him on this site, but DH was disappointed I didn't give him a chance to rattle his tale another time to see if he had changed anything. Thanks to CC members for keeping us updated on scams such as this one!

Last edited by wavyls; November 2nd, 2010 at 02:31 PM.
Reply With Quote

  #55  
Old December 28th, 2010, 07:03 PM
hazelgreen's Avatar
hazelgreen hazelgreen is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 43
Default

Probably time for a bump of this post. Guys like this scammer are everywhere. What I find funny is I was accosted by scammers with similar stories in both Seattle and Memphis over the past 2 years, and the physical description of the San Juan scammer fits them both!

I really don't mind giving a couple of bucks on occasion, depending on circumstances, but if they try to reel me in with an elaborate lie, forget it. The ones I get a kick out of (but don't donate to) are the ones who have signs such as "spare change for a bottle of liver disease" (seen in downtown Portland Oregon).
Reply With Quote

  #56  
Old December 29th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Oaktree's Avatar
Oaktree Oaktree is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tennessee plantation
Posts: 524
Default

This happened to me in a NY hotel Well-dressed older woman gave similar sob-story
about losing her money. Referred her to hotel security for help.
Reply With Quote

  #57  
Old December 29th, 2010, 07:59 PM
Fred&Lily's Avatar
Fred&Lily Fred&Lily is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 336
Default Yep! He scammed me out of $20

Lily and I were walking down a small side street in Old San Juan after dinner and he came up to me and gave us the whole scam speech about his Dad being mugged and the police were no help and he justy needed some money to get a cab....

I'm a tough guy and hockey player and could have said No! Lily kept saying it had to be a scam... but I gave him $20 anyway which is chump change to me and I didn't feel it was necessary to cross-examine his story.

Now, if he had been asking for $20 for a religious cause... I would have decked him right there!
Reply With Quote

  #58  
Old January 23rd, 2011, 11:32 PM
Lsimon's Avatar
Lsimon Lsimon is offline
10,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 13,678
Default

LOL - We've run into this guy twice and some people on our ship gave him money and were surprised to find they'd been conned.
__________________
Larry lsimon@mail.com

Photo site for past cruises : http://simon-pics.smugmug.com/Cruises
Recent cruises: Celebrity Eclipse 14 Night Caribbean Mar-2013 and Silhouette Transatlantic Dec-2012
Reply With Quote

  #59  
Old January 24th, 2011, 12:17 PM
Artemis908's Avatar
Artemis908 Artemis908 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 1,086
Default

After living and working in NYC for several years, I think I've become immune to this kind of stuff. The only time I get tempted is when the person is with a child. On the subway once this woman had a baby and said she had lost her job and was homeless. She had a bunch of jewelry she was selling, that was when I felt bad and gave her something. Otherwise I say, "no thanks!" and walk away, avoiding eye contact. I actually had a guy follow me several blocks asking me for money, I had to duck into a store before he'd stop following me!
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #60  
Old February 15th, 2011, 09:27 PM
karenesl79's Avatar
karenesl79 karenesl79 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Cadott, WI, USA
Posts: 253
Default Still at it.

We were in San Juan 2/5/11. This guy came desperately across the road. "Do you speak English?" I said yes. He began his spiel with the warning of not crossing the bridge near the fort. He said this is the dangerous area of the island. He and his father were down there and were mugged. His Dad was hit over the head with a gun and is in the hospital. The police are not helping him at all. He was looking for $8 for cab fare. Thank goodness I had heard about this guy before meeting him. I said, Hey, I read about you on the internet. People are talking about you. He appeared to have meth scars/scabs on his face from picking. He said, You may not believe me, but I sure didn't do this to myself. He then went on his way, off to warn other people of his fake story. Sad that so many people get sucked into his lies.
__________________
Doug and Karen
Carnival Valor 02/02/14 Super Bowl
Carnival Dream 02/02/13 Super Bowl
Carnival Victory 02/05/12 Super Bowl
Carnival Victory 02/06/11 Super Bowl
Grandeur of the Seas 04/24/10
Adventure of the Seas 2/1/2009 Super Bowl
Carnival Destiny 02/03/08 Super Bowl
Carnival Pardise 02/26/07
Carnival Valor 02/19/06
Radiance of the Seas 01/16/05
Navigator of the Seas 1/31/04
Enchantment of the Seas 2001
Majesty of the Seas 12/13/1998

Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:17 PM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.
Cookie ConsentCookie Policy