Tampa , Flying J

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by danny23tx, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

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    Man some strange things in Florida. There was a group of guys running a 3 card Molly scam in the parking lot . At least 3 or 4 were in on it , they had a hype man and a guy running around gathering ppl . They had the Dealer with a large sum of money and a couple ppl playing that were in on it . I was working on my trailer and I thought it was a craps game but the hype man seen me and was like hey man check this out . I walked over and observed the situation for less than a minute and knew the layout and the scene , I ain't no snitch so I just went back to my truck and let it play out. Coming from a less than privileged back ground and knowing ppl like this I knew the scoop .
    Went to get breakfast and sat at a table outside and was instantly approached by some weirdo asking questions , I see this dude from a mile away but didn't expect him to sit down next to me . Made polite conversation but kept answers short and quickly made my way back to my truck , dude gave off some bad energy . Went back to the truck made sure my blade was by the door and put one in the chamber . I never felt so sketched out while on the road. Florida!
     
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    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    That ain't Tampa. That's Methner lol. The TA across the street is pay parking that you have to go thru a gate at the back to try to keep the trash out (not 100% successful).
     
  5. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

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    Yes I stayed at the TA the night before. I didn't want to pay the next day , so after delivery in the a.m. I went to look for a free spot . The whole scene was just strange lol
     
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  6. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    Yea those two are a magnet for weirdos. I live like 15 minutes from there so I'm very familiar with the sort of crowd they attract.
     
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    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Good ol 3 card monte scam. U lucky u didnt get the #### kicked out of u when u walked up to them. Some them guys dont #### around. I know @TripleSix shared a thread sometime ago about that type of thing going on heavy back in the day
     
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  8. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

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    Been boxing for 20 years plus I had a hammer in my hand and various deterrents in the truck but yes it could have gone bad quickly. It was a legit scam with multiple ppl in on it , it was like a scene out of a movie and I quickly vacated that area lol
     
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    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    Probably had nothing to worry about lol. Too cracked out to fight if it was the normal crowd there. Too stupid to use weapons lol.
     
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  10. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

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    You had to see it , they were not cracked out and at least 5 grand of cash was in dealers hand . It was well orchestrated and everyone had a role , at least 4 ppl were in on it . At one point a old man had walked up with a cane and I'm positive he was in on it to . It's hard to imagine but these guys were pros . I wish I had video .
     
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    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    Wow, you usually just see beggars and the normal my mom is in the hospital and I need gas people, not actual professional scammers.
     
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