at 8:30am today i was walking down ave A ... someone passed me and a plastic bag brushed against my leg.
the bag fell to the ground and revealed a broken bottle of grey goose.
the owner of the bag, who seamed a bit down on his luck and possibly homeless, made a stink about how i broke his grey goose. he was not being aggressive but certainly upset.
Ah, yes! Then the man will produce a receipt showing that the vodka cost $60, etc.
I saw this happen a few weekends ago on St. Mark's Place. The passerby simply kept walking, paying no attention to the demands of the man holding the bag. He followed the passerby for about 30 feet then stopped.
Gothamist noted the other day that a variation of this scam was occurring with some frequency in Chinatown...
And DNAinfo noted this broken-bottle scam as well on Tuesday. Happening in Midtown. Per DNA:
"It's not a huge, huge problem," a law enforcement source said, adding, "If you say it's a scam, if you know it's a scam, they're only going to push you so hard."