I would list all the dodges and scams I have ever fallen for, perpetrated by 'friends' who just wanted my money or resources.
I'm not an ungenerous person, but there's a huge difference between helping out persons in trouble and being taken advantage of:
People will recharge batteries or mobile phones (behind your back) at your place to save their own electricity
They will ask to borrow money for cigarettes or a drink- there is no such thing as 'borrowing' money for those items. The 'friend' will just think
of it as getting a free drink or fags
They will habitually turn up at your place hungry and looking for food
They will rob you if you leave your purse unattended
They will spin a sob story and then refuse you when you offer help. They know that if they let you keep volunteering to help they will get far more
than they would dare to ask for. Eventually they will accept however much you are prepared to give.
They will accompany you on public transport with no money of their own and just expect you to hand over the cash for their ticket
If you're really stupid you might end up sharing a house with a deadbeat who leaves owing you for bills and expenses
They will 'lend you a shilling' knowing that in the future they can 'borrow a pound' from you, never to pay it back of course
They will borrow money, promising to pay it back 'next week'. Then they will be short of the full amount, pay you what they can afford and just
'forget' to ever give you the balance
They will ask to borrow money for what you think is a legitimate reason, then go and spend it all on alcohol. You won't see that money again,
They will go to the shop for you and 'lose' all or some of the change on the way back.
Because they've 'lost' it they see no reason to pay it back to you
Alternatively, they will 'lose' the receipt and just say the shopping was more expensive than it actually was
They'll use your phone and then deny it when you show them the bill. They'll even let you query the charges with the phone company and still not
admit they made the calls
Well, that's as much as I can think of for now. I'm sorry not to have more spiritual insights to offer but if any of this information saves someone
their money then I am glad to have helped.